After a 2-0 home weekend, the Dartmouth volleyball team will be on the road to face Princeton on Friday and Penn on Saturday. The Big Green are now tied for third in the Ivy League with Yale.
LAST TIME OUT
Playing at home for the first time in three weeks, Dartmouth swept both of its matches, defeating Columbia, 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-17) and Cornell (25-27, 29-27, 25-15, 25-17).
Against the Lions on Friday, Mallen Bischoff led the team with her 11 kills and was second with 10 digs, while Tori Dozier had her fifth double-double of the season with 30 assists and 12 digs. Zoe Leonard had four of the team’s seven service aces and Tola Akinwumi had some huge blocks, ending with two solos and one block assist.
The following day against the Big Red, Dozier had another double-double with 31 assists and 14 digs, while Carly Tower and Akinwumi were tied for first on the team with five blocks apiece. Olympia Nagel-Caland and Corinne Cox both had three aces.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Two-time defending Ivy champion Princeton has had a great season so far, having dropped just three matches. The Tigers are tied for first in the conference with the Crimson with perfect 3-0 marks, which will change this weekend when the two teams meet in New Jersey on Saturday. Princeton enters the weekend on a high note after defeating Yale last Saturday, winning its first match in New Haven in a decade.
LAST TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
The Big Green dropped both of its matches to the Tigers in 2016. In Dartmouth’s penultimate home weekend in November, Leonard had her fifth double-double in a row with 14 assists and 11 digs, while Sara Lindquist led with a 375 hitting percentage and had six kills to go along with it.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn had a 1-1 weekend, falling to Yale, 3-1, before defeating Brown in five sets. The Quakers are 1-2 in conference play following a 3-0 loss to Princeton two weeks ago.
LAST TIME AGAINST PENN
The Big Green and the Quakers met on Sept. 30 and Oct. 29 last season, and Dartmouth fell both times by a score of 3-2. In the second meeting between the teams, four players ended with double-doubles: Danielle Glinka (21 digs, 11 kills), Emily Astarita (24 digs, 15 kills), Leonard (21 digs, 35 assists) and Maddy Schoenberger (14 digs, 19 assists). Dartmouth fought hard until the end, dropping the fifth set by a mere two points.
IN THE CONFERENCE
Dartmouth remains first in the Ivy League in blocks and is moving up the list in a few other categories:
Blocks/set – 1st (2.46)
Service aces/set – 6th (1.09)
Digs/set – 7th (13.02)
Assists – Dozier, 4th (328)
Assists/set – Dozier, 4th (7.29)
Block Assists – Tower, 2nd (47)
Total Blocks – Tower, 2nd (50)
Blocks/set – Tower, 4th (1.11)
Digs – Douglas, 6th (154)
Digs/set – Douglas, 6th (3.42)
CAN’T BE THERE?
Live stats will be available on dartmouthsports.com. Those who subscribe to the Ivy League Network (ILN) can also watch the match online. For updates on the Big Green, follow the team on Twitter: @DartmouthVBall.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will return home for three in a row. Next weekend, Dartmouth will host Yale and Brown and, the following Friday, will take on Harvard for the second time this season.
* Penn’s record before the match against Harvard on Friday.