Following a successful, two-win weekend at home two weeks ago, Dartmouth volleyball will look for a repeat when it hosts Yale and Brown on Friday and Saturday. Both matches will be on the Ivy League Network (ILN), while the one against the Bulldogs will be on ESPN3. These are the last two Ivy League opponents that the Big Green have yet to face.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth fell to Princeton (26-24, 19-25, 14-25, 18-25) and Penn (19-25, 25-23, 18-25, 23-25) over the weekend, dropping both matches by scores of 3-1.
Against the Tigers on Friday, Sara Lindquist had 10 kills, Tori Dozier recorded 30 assists and Carly Tower had six block assists. The Big Green rallied to overcome an early deficit to win the first set, but dropped the remaining three.
The following day, Dozier had her seventh double-double of the year with 38 assists and 14 digs, while Lindquist and Mallen Bischoff both had double-digit kills with 14 and 11, respectively. Tower had another six block assists.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale enters the weekend with a record of 10-4 and 4-1 in Ivy play, having its undefeated conference streak that had held for four seasons broken by Princeton at the end of September. Since then, the Bulldogs rebounded to take down Columbia (3-0) and Cornell (3-1).
LAST TIME AGAINST YALE
After not winning a set against the Bulldogs the first time they met in 2016, the Big Green fought hard to push a fifth set in the season finale, falling by a score of 3-2 (18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13, 13-15 on Senior Day. Maddy Schoenberger had a double-double with 13 assists and 12 digs, while Julia Lau had a season-high 23 digs. Emily Astarita registered 11 kills, while Molly Kornfeind was right behind with 10.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown has struggled a little during conference play, dropping matches to Yale (3-0), Princeton (3-0), Penn (3-2) and Cornell (3-1) before taking down Columbia (3-1) this past Saturday.
LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
The Big Green went 1-1 against the Bears last season, dropping their match in October by a score of 3-1 before coming back from being down by two sets to win, 3-2. Astarita and Zoe Leonard had double-doubles, Kornfeind and Kaira Lujan had double-digit kills and Abby Kott led with her .333 hitting percentage.
IN THE CONFERENCE
Dartmouth still holds on to the top spot in blocks among its Ancient Eight opponents, while a few more players have made it into the individual standings:
Solo Blocks – 1st (26)
Block Assists – 2nd (216)
Blocks/set – 1st (2.48)
Assists – Dozier, 4th (396)
Assists/set – Dozier, 4th (7.47)
Service Aces/set – Cox, 3rd (0.41)
Total Blocks – Tower, 2nd (62)
Blocks/set – Tower, 3rd (1.17)
Blocks/set – Akinwumi, 7th (1.07)
Digs/set – Douglas, 6th (3.26)
CAN’T BE THERE?
Live stats will be available on dartmouthsports.com. Those who subscribe to the Ivy League Network (ILN) can also watch the matches online, while Friday night’s match against Yale can also be viewed on ESPN3. For updates on the Big Green, follow the team on Twitter: @DartmouthVBall.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
Having faced everyone in the Ivy League once this season, the Green will start back at the top of the list by hosting Harvard on Friday, Oct. 20.