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Women's Volleyball Splits on Final Day of the Dartmouth Duels

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s volleyball team concluded the Dartmouth Duels with a split in its two games on Saturday inside Leede Arena.

In the day two opener, the Big Green (7-4) rallied after dropping the first set to in-state rival New Hampshire for a 3-1 win thanks to a balanced offensive attack that saw three players register double-digit kill totals. In the finale, head coach Erin Lindsey’s squad was swept for just the second time this season as No. 9 Minnesota won, 3-0.

The come from behind victory against the Wildcats was the second of the season for Dartmouth. In the opening set, the two teams traded blows before UNH went on a 6-1 run late to build a 23-17 advantage. The Big Green would answer, scoring five of the next six points before Tori Forest sealed it for New Hampshire with a kill.

In the second set, Dartmouth raced out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back. The Wildcats never came within four points of the Big Green as the team tied it at one in front of their home crowd.

It was more of the same in the third set as the Green and White scored the first three points of the game.  UNH would answer back to knot the score at three with a run of its own. The Granite State rivals went back and forth for the remainder of the set before a late run by the team from the Upper Valley gave them a 2-1 edge. Trailing 23-22, Dartmouth scored four of the last five points thanks to a pair of kills from Paige Caridi. Kaira Lujan and Danielle Glinka added kills along the way for the Big Green.

In the fourth set, Dartmouth stood its ground breaking a tie at 21 with four straight points for the win. During the run freshman Molly Kornfeind had a trio of kills.

Offensively, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder led the way with 14 kills and an attack percentage of .458 while Allison Brady and Emily Astarita added 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Freshman Stacey Benton quarterbacked the Dartmouth attack dishing out a career-best 50 assists. Defensively, Libero Holly Harper had a match-high 22 digs.

In the finale against the Gophers, the Big Green battled in each set, but the Minnesota attack was too much as Dartmouth fell 20-25, 23-25, and 20-25. The underclassmen got a chance to shine against the Golden Gophers as freshman Emily Astarita led the offensive attack with 14 kills. Sophomore Paige Caridi added 12 kills for the Big Green while freshman Stacey Benton had 37 assists.

The Big Green return to action on Friday, Sept. 27 as they travel to Cambridge, Mass. to open their Ivy League slate against Harvard at 7 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to avenge a 3-1 loss to the Crimson at the Malkin Athletic Center.