Weekend Preview

Friday, Oct. 18: Dartmouth (9-10, 2-5 Ivy League) vs. Harvard (10-6, 5-2 Ivy League)
Location: Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: 17-29, Harvard, last meeting 9/27/13 (Harvard win)

Last week, the Dartmouth women’s volleyball team made history as they defeated Princeton, 3-2, in a five-set thriller. The triumph was the first on the road against the Tigers in the program’s history. It was a productive night on offense for the Big Green inside Dillon Gym as four players registered at least 12 kills.  On the defensive end, the squad had six blocks as a trio of student-athletes had three block assists apiece and a quartet of players had 10 or more digs. In the finale versus Penn, Dartmouth lost, 3-1. The defeat was the 14th straight versus the Quakers.

This weekend, the team returns to Hanover for five straight games, welcoming Harvard into Leede Arena in Ancient Eight play in the first contest of the home stand. At home this season, the Green and White are 6-4 overall and 1-1 in conference action. Despite dropping the last two games to the Crimson (both on the road), the Big Green have won four matches in a row against Harvard in the Upper Valley.

It’s a slow weekend of action as all the teams in the conference are playing their travel partners. Dartmouth’s tilt with Harvard gets underway Friday at 7 p.m.

Fresh off netting their first conference road win since Nov. 4, 2011, Dartmouth looks to bring the momentum back home against the Crimson. The Big Green have had success inside Leede Arena versus the Crimson of late and the youthful Dartmouth squad looks to continue that.

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 19 games this season, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder ranks second in the Ivy League in blocks per set (1.12). Last weekend, Scudder registered five total blocks (5-assist) to give her 72 for the year. The Ashburn, Va., native sits alone atop the program’s all-time blocks record list with 295. Her 58th block of the year, which came earlier in the season at Yale, gave her 281 for her career, passing Danra Kazenski '99.

On a Roll – During four of the seven weeks of conference action the Big Green have had a player named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll.

Weekly Honors – After not having any players honored by the league office with weekly accolades in 2012, the Big Green have had a trio of student-athletes recognized for their strong play on the court this season. Last week, freshman Molly Kornfeind was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week. In two games, the outside hitter produced 30 kills and 30 digs and a pair of double-doubles. The other members of the team to be honored were freshman Emily Astarita as Co-Rookie of the Week on Sept. 24 and sophomore Paige Caridi as Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 17.

Can You Dig It? – Dartmouth is second amongst the Ivies averaging 15.97 digs per set. Thus far in 2013, the squad has amassed 1,166 digs. Caridi leads the team with 209, while Holly Harper has 202 and Stacey Benton has 142. Harper ranks third in the Ancient Eight with 3.81 digs per set.

Killer Power – As a team, the Big Green have 908 kills for an average of 12.44 kills per set, which ranks second in the conference. Dartmouth also ranks second in the league with a hitting percentage of .208. Leading the attack is Caridi with 154, Kornfeind with 153, Scudder with 141 and Astarita with 140. Scudder also ranks second in the Ivy League in attack percentage, hitting at a .349 clip.

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.

Scouting the Crimson – After dropping the two of the first three games in conference play, Harvard has won four in a row.  The past two weekends, the Crimson swept a pair opponents and won two tilts, 3-1. Harvard boasts an impressive attack as Corrine Bain leads the league in service aces with 39 and Caroline Holte is fourth in the conference hitting at a .321 clip. Kathleen Wallace leads the team with 124 kills while Natalie Doyle has a team-best 190 digs and Bain has 378 assists.

Up Next – After the contest with the Crimson, Dartmouth hosts back-to-back Ivy League weekends, as Yale and Brown come to town Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. The game with the Bulldogs is set for Friday at 7 p.m. and the tilt with the Bears is Saturday at 5 p.m