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Volleyball Defeated by Syracuse and Hartford in Buffalo

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By Mark Washburn
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dartmouth wrapped up an eight-match road trip Saturday night, falling to both Syracuse and Hartford on the second day of action at the Buffalo Blue and White Tournament. The Big Green (1-8) were defeated, three sets to one, by both opponents.

Despite jumping out to an early one-set lead against Syracuse, Dartmouth was unable to keep the momentum going, falling 3-1 to the Orange (17-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-13).

The Big Green looked strong in the first set, never trailing. Dartmouth forced three straight Orange attack errors to take a 14-10 lead midway through, before rookie hitter Paige Caridi put the exclamation point on with a big kill from classmate Kayden Cook. The Green and White went on a 6-1 run later in the set to go up 24-17, forcing a Syracuse timeout midway through. A service error by the Orange gave Dartmouth the set victory.

After taking the second set easily, 25-15, Syracuse battled the Big Green in the third, with both squads putting together solid back-and-forth runs but the Orange coming out on top, 25-22. Syracuse shut down Dartmouth in the final set with a 25-13 victory.

Later in the day, the Big Green battled the Hartford Hawks in the final match of the tournament (25-18, 25-20, 16-25, 25-14).

After falling behind, two sets to none, Dartmouth came back with a 25-16 victory in the third to force a fourth frame. Sophomore Holly Harper helped seal the third set victory with a solid serve that resulted in six straight Big Green points late in the set that gave her team a 22-12 advantage.

The Hawks halted Dartmouth's progress in the fourth set, however, winning 25-14 after jumping out to a 14-5 lead.

Sophomore Alex Schoenberger led the Big Green with 20 kills between the two matches. Junior Elisa Scudder totaled 16 kills and a squad-best nine blocks on the day, while Caridi added 18 kills and 15 digs. Cook had 61 assists, along with a team-best three service aces. Harper notched 20 digs to lead the Big Green women.

Scudder was named to the All Tournament team at the conclusion of Saturday's action. This is her third consecutive All Tournament selection, having been honored in each of Dartmouth three tournament competitions this season.

Dartmouth is back in action this Friday, Sept. 21, taking on conference foe Harvard in its home opener at Leede Arena. Match time is 7 p.m.