Weekend Preview

Friday, Oct. 4: Dartmouth (7-6, 0-1 Ivy League) vs. Brown (4-8, 0-1 Ivy League)
Location: Providence, R.I.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: 16-23, Brown, last meeting 11/9/12 (Brown win)

Saturday, Oct. 5: Dartmouth vs. Yale (7-3, 1-0 Ivy League)
Location: New Haven, Conn.
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Series Record: 10-33, Yale, last meeting 11/10/12 (Yale win)

Last week, the Dartmouth women’s volleyball team opened its Ivy League slate with a match against Harvard. The Big Green fell to the Crimson in Cambridge for the second year in a row, getting shutout, 3-0.  Earlier this week, the Green and White wrapped up their non-conference slate with a 3-0 loss to Bryant on the road.

This weekend, the team travels for their first Ivy League road weekend of action.  Dartmouth opens its second season on Friday, as the remaining 13 games of the year are all conference match-ups. Dartmouth heads to the Ocean State to square off with Brown on Friday at 7 p.m. The team from the Upper Valley is looking to avenge a 3-0 loss in 2012 inside the Pizzitola Center. Something’s got to give in the game with the Bears as both teams have lost three straight games.

The Big Green conclude a four-match road trip on Saturday versus Yale.  The Bulldogs have won five of the last six meetings between the two and the program is looking for its first win in New Haven since October of 2001.

Big Green Tidbits

Rank and File – For the first time in program history, Dartmouth’s incoming class received national recognition. The eight freshmen were ranked in the top 100 by PrepVolleyball.com. The premier prep-site listed the Big Green as one of 44 institutions from across the nation to receive a spot on the “High Honorable Mention” list.

Block Party – Through the first half of the season, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder leads the Ivy League and ranks eighth in the country in blocks per set (1.49). Last weekend at Harvard, Scudder racked up one solo block and a pair of block assists. The Ashburn Va., native is three blocks away from tying the Dartmouth career record of 280.

On a Roll – During two of her first four weeks of collegiate action, freshman Molly Kornfeind has been named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll. To date, Kornfeind has 88 kills and 60 digs for the Big Green. The Pacific Palisades, Calif., native is averaging a team-best 2.51 kills per set.

Can You Dig It? – Dartmouth ranks 11th in the country with 17.35 digs per set. Through the first 13 games of the season the squad has amassed 780 digs. Holly Harper leads the team with 156, while Paige Caridi has 141 and Julia Lau has 79.

Killer Power – As a team, the Big Green have 574 kills for an average of 12.48 kills per set. Leading the attack is Caridi with 101, Kornfeind with 88 and Scudder with 75.

New Faces – Dartmouth head coach Erin Lindsey added Dee Smith to the coaching staff in the offseason as she joins Jose Lugo on the sidelines. The eight freshmen also look to make an impact during their first year with the Big Green.

Weekly Honors – After not having any players honored by the league office with weekly accolades in 2012, the Big Green have had a pair of student-athletes recognized for their strong play on the court this season. Freshman Emily Astarita was named the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week on Sept. 24 and Caridi was named Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 17.

Scouting the Bears – It’s been an up-and-down season for Brown through 12 games. The Bears opened the season with four straight losses before winning four of their next five contests. Currently, Brown is in the midst of a three game losing streak. Like the Big Green, the Bears were shutout in their Ivy League opener.  Thea Derrough and Maddie Lord have 96 and 94 kills, respectively for Brown.  Alexandra Rieckhoff has a team-best 133 digs while Sarah Lucenti leads the squad with 203 assists.

Scouting the Bulldogs – With a challenging schedule to open the season, Yale has an impressive 7-3 record.  Two of the Bulldogs losses have come at No.1 Penn State and vs. No. 8 Stanford, the other defeat was against the SEC’s Missouri. Heading into their game with Harvard on Friday the Bulldogs have won three straight at home. Mollie Rogers leads the team with 145 kills while Maddie Rudnick has a team-best 162 digs and Kendall Polan has 258 assists.

Up Next – After four games outside the Upper Valley, Dartmouth returns home for its first Ivy League home weekend of the season welcoming Columbia and Cornell into Leede Arena Oct. 11-12. The game with the Lions is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and the tilt with the Big Red gets underway Saturday at 5 p.m.