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Elisa Scudder Sets Program Blocks Record in Loss at Yale

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By Mark Washburn
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior co-captain Elisa Scudder made history for the Dartmouth women’s volleyball team on Saturday evening in a 3-0 loss to Yale inside the Lee Amphitheater. With a solo block in the second set, the Asburn, Va., native became the Big Green’s all-time leader in blocks with 281 and counting.

With the game tied at 12 in the second set, Yale’s McHaney Carter went for a block attempt and saw it sent back by Scudder as the Big Green took the lead. With the block, Scudder passed Danra Kazenski '99 to sit atop the record books after tying Kazenski with one solo block and two block assists last night versus Brown.

“We are so excited for Scudder and couldn’t be prouder,” Dartmouth head coach Erin Lindsey said.

With the loss, Dartmouth falls to 7-8 overall and 0-3 in the Ivy League while Yale improves to 9-3 and a perfect 3-0 in conference play. The Big Green have now lost four in a row and the Bulldogs won their third straight.

“Scudder got the block at a pivotal point in the second set and I think that speaks volumes about her defensive play this season and throughout her career. She’s become such a force on the defensive end that teams are forced to adjust their attack attempts. We are expecting her to continue to produce and build on her record throughout the remainder of the season,” Lindsey added.

Dartmouth battled early, rallying from a 13-8 deficit in the first set to score five straight and tie it. The two squads traded points through the remainder of the match before the Bulldogs sealed the set with a Mollie Rogers kill. Trailing 24-22, the Big Green pulled with one thanks to an Emily Astarita kill. Yale would respond on the following serve as Rogers delivered on a set by Kendall Polan.

The second set was closely contested before Yale scored the final five points to jump out to the 2-0 lead. With the 20-19 advantage, Carter took over for the Bulldogs, registering a kill and a pair of blocks to give Yale the advantage. In the third set, the Yale attack proved to be too much as the defending conference champions won it 25-12.

“Despite the score, I feel like we were very competitive today. I was pleased with how we approached from an urgency standpoint. Yale is a good team and they are comfortable, having the same core group play together. It’s hard to get them rattled and we did a good job of playing with them in the first two sets. In the third set, our offense became predictable and our passing broke down,” Lindsey stated.

Offensively, Astarita paced the attack with nine kills while Kaira Lujan added eight and Scudder added seven. Lujan continues to be a force for the Big Green as she registered an attack percentage of .500. Freshman Stacey Benton had 20 assists and a service ace for the team from the Upper Valley.

Dartmouth returns to action next weekend, Oct. 11-12, hosting Columbia and Cornell in Ivy League action inside Leede Arena. The match with the Lions is set for Friday at 7 p.m. while the tilt with Big Red is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start on Saturday.