Weekend Preview

Friday, Sept. 27: Dartmouth (7-4, 0-0 Ivy League) vs. Harvard (5-4, 0-0 Ivy League)
Location: Cambridge, Mass.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: 17-28, Harvard, last meeting 10/19/12 (Harvard win)

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Dartmouth vs. Bryant (2-13)
Location: Smithfield, R.I.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: 1-1, last meeting 9/4/10 (Dartmouth win)

After hosting back-to-back weekend tournaments, the Dartmouth women’s volleyball team hits the road to open its Ivy League slate with a match against Harvard. The Big Green travel south looking to avenge a 3-1 loss to the Crimson last season at the Malkin Athletic Center. The two-match mini road trip continues on Tuesday as the Green and White head to the Ocean State to square off with Bryant. The match with the Bulldogs marks the final non-conference game of the year for Dartmouth as the last 13 contests of the campaign feature Ivy League opponents.

Last weekend, the Big Green went 2-2 during the Dartmouth Duels, topping Rhode Island and in-state rival New Hampshire while falling to UConn and No. 9 Minnesota. Entering league play Dartmouth ranks second in hitting percentage (.215) and kills per set (13.00) while leading in assists (496), blocks (100) and digs (694).

Big Green Tidbits

Rank and File – For the first time in program history, Dartmouth’s incoming class received national recognition. The eight freshmen were ranked in the top 100 by PrepVolleyball.com. The premier prep-site listed the Big Green as one of 44 institutions from across the nation to receive a spot on the “High Honorable Mention” list.

Block Party – Through the first 11 games of the season, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder leads the Ivy League and ranks fifth in the country in blocks per set (1.53). Last weekend at the Dartmouth Duels, Scudder racked up 4 solo blocks and 9 block assists in four games. The Ashburn Va., native is five blocks away from tying the Dartmouth career record of  280.

On a Roll – During two of her first three weeks of collegiate action, freshman Molly Kornfeind has been named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll. To date, Kornfeind has 83 kills and 50 digs for the Big Green. The Pacific Palisades, Calif., native is averaging 2.77 kills per set.

Weekly Honors – Freshman Emily Astarita was named the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week. Astarita becomes the first member of the Big Green to receive recognition since Alex Schoenberger in November of 2011. During the Dartmouth Duels, she racked 26 kills, 23 digs and a pair of double-doubles during the four-game stretch.

Can You Dig It? – Dartmouth ranks 12th in the country with 17.35 digs per set. Through the first 11 games of the season the squad has amassed 694 digs. Holly Harper leads the team with 146, while Paige Caridi has 136 and Danielle Glinka has 67.

Killer Power – As a team, the Big Green have 520 kills for an average of 13.0 kills per set. Leading the attack is Caridi with 98, Kornfeind with 83 and Scudder with 71.

New Faces – Dartmouth head coach Erin Lindsey added Dee Smith to the coaching staff in the offseason as she joins Jose Lugo on the sidelines. The eight freshmen also look to make an impact during their first year with the Big Green.

Scouting the Crimson – Harvard hosts the Big Green coming off a five-set loss at home versus New Hampshire earlier in the week. After starting the season 2-0, consistency has been an issue for the Crimson as they’ve failed to win back-to-back games. However, they also haven’t lost two games in a row all year either. Kathleen Wallace leads the team with 77 kills while Natalie Doyle leads with 116 digs. Corinne Bain has a team-best 222 assists.

Scouting the Bulldogs – After losing the first 11 games of the season, Bryant rebounded winning consecutive games against UMass Lowell and Ivy League foe Princeton. Leading up to the contest with the Big Green, the Bulldogs have a midweek tilt with Providence and a road conference weekend at LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis. Claire Van Dyke leads the team with 145 kills while Elena Lohr has a team-best 147 digs and Jana Kmec has 403 assists.

Up Next – Following the midweek tilt versus Bryant, Dartmouth travels south for an Ivy road weekend squaring off with Brown and Yale, Oct. 4 and 5.