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Dartmouth Sweeps Matches Versus UMass Lowell and Hartford

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By Gil Talbot

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Dartmouth women’s volleyball swept both of its matches on Saturday in the final day at the Volley in the Valley Tournament hosted by Marist. The Big Green won their opening contest, 3-0, against UMass Lowell and topped Hartford by the same score in the finale.

The Green and White (2-1) picked up their first win of the season as they cruised to a 25-16, 25-21, 25-19 victory over the Riverhawks. In their afternoon match, the team from the Upper Valley defeated the Hawks 25-20, 25-17, 25-14. The perfect day of play marked the first time Dartmouth shutout an opponent since Nov. of 2011 against Brown.

In the opener, Dartmouth jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first set and never looked back. The Big Green controlled the ball well and won the first set thanks to a Molly Kornfeind kill.

The second set against UMass Lowell was tighter and with Dartmouth leading 22-20 Emily Patrick fired a service ace and a pair of kills from Emily Astarita helped the Big Green enter the third set with a commanding lead. In the third set it was more of the same as the Big Green added 13 more kills to seal the victory.

Molly Kornfeind played really well for us this morning, it’s impressive to see an outside hitter with such a high hitting percentage and Emily Astarita was our most consistent hitter throughout the tournament,” Dartmouth head coach Erin Lindsey said.

Against the Riverhawks, Kornfeind led offensive attack with a match-high 14 kills while Astarita added eight. Holly Harper had a match-best 12 digs and Stacey Benton led the team with 33 assists.

“This being our first weekend of play, I’m very happy with how the team adjusted after our loss yesterday. We learned from our mistakes and had a lot of players contribute to our success on the court,” Lindsey added.

In the finale versus Hartford, the Big Green combined for 28 kills, 26 assists and 46 digs. After a tightly contested opening set, Dartmouth won the second set by eight points and the third by 11.

Kornfeind paced the attack once again with seven kills while Kayden Cook dished out a team-best 21 assists against the Hawks.

“The freshmen played well in their first weekend of collegiate action. Stacey Benton was steady throughout and had a strong effort in the morning. In the second game of the day it was nice to see Kayden take the reigns and create opportunities for a number of hitters,” Lindsey said.

Dartmouth returns to action next Friday, September 13 as it welcomes Grand Canyon, Manhattan, Providence and Central Connecticut State into Leede Arena for the two-day Big Green Invitational.