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Yale Sweeps Volleyball in Season Finale

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By Mark Washburn
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Playing its last match of the season, the Dartmouth volleyball team was swept by Yale Saturday night in New Haven (25-13, 25-10, 25-18). With the loss, the Big Green conclude the 2012 campaign with a 2-22 overall record and a 1-13 mark in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs finish 18-5 overall, remaining undefeated in the conference at 14-0.

"We played a great Yale team tonight," said head coach Erin Lindsey after the match. "Our team fought hard and never gave up, but in the end Yale was just too strong. We tried some different line ups to try to create more offensive production and at times in the match it was working. We just could not put together enough positive runs to come out on top. Yale will be a great representative of the Ivy League in the NCAA tourney and we will be cheering for them."

After dropping the first two sets, Dartmouth made its best effort in the third, trying to extend the season by another set. Elisa Scudder's kill midway through the frame made it 11-7 Yale, and the visitors remained within four points or fewer of the Bulldogs until Kelly Johnson's kill made it 18-13 in favor of the hosts. Another kill from Scudder helped the Big Green, but Yale then went on a 7-4 run to close out the match, 25-18.

Scudder led the Dartmouth offense with eight kills, adding a service ace and a block. Sophomore Alex Schoenberger tallied six kills with five digs, while freshman Paige Caridi notched a match-best 16 digs for the match. Rookie Kayden Cook had 15 assists for the Big Green.

For Yale, two players - Haley Wessels and Kendall Polan - reached double-figures in kills, combining for 24 for the match. Polan, who earned a double-double with 18 assists as well, also tallied a match-best seven service aces.

Dartmouth's season ended on a 14-match losing streak, including six straight sweeps in its last six matches.