HANOVER, N.H. — Despite a 15-dig effort from junior libero Vivian Snider and eight Big Green service aces, the Dartmouth volleyball team fell to Cornell Friday night at Leede Arena (25-19, 25-21, 27-25). With the loss, the Big Green drop to 2-19 on the season and 1-10 in the Ivy League. The Big Red improve to 7-15 overall and 3-8 in the conference.
"We just weren't able to put the ball away to score points," said head coach Erin Lindsey after the match. "We had a couple opportunities that would have made the match go in a different direction and we didn't capitalize on them. That's something that we're learning, but it's great experience for these players to understand and learn from these competitive experiences."
After falling behind 3-0 early in the first set, Dartmouth settled down and put up a 9-2 run to go up, 9-5. Five straight points came off the serve of Alex Schoenberger, who aced the Big Red twice during the run. But Cornell battled back to knot the score, 10-10 before going on a 5-2 run of their own to take back the lead, 15-12. The two squads battled for the next few points, but the visitors were ultimately able to put the set away, 25-19.
Set two was extremely close throughout, featuring nine ties. The Big Green led most of the way, but every time they began to pull ahead, Cornell fought back. Dartmouth led, 17-14 midway through the frame, but a pair of kills from Breanna Wong and a Big Green service error helped the Big Red to a 19-18 advantage. With the score tied 19-19, Rachel D'Epagnier notched back-to-back kills to force a Dartmouth timeout. Cornell went on to score six of the next eight points for a two-set advantage.
The third set was even closer, with twelve ties and four lead changes. A 5-0 Big Green run on freshman Katie Jarrett's serve gave Dartmouth a late advantage. Jarrett dished up two service aces during the run, and sophomore Lucia Pohlman contributed a pair of kills to put the hosts on top, 18-15. Cornell tied the game, 19-19 before the two squads erupted into back-and-forth battle that brought the score even again at 25-25. But kills from Janel Forte and Wong put the match away for the visiting Big Red, 27-25.
Cornell out-hit Dartmouth, .175 to .048 for the match. Elisa Scudder led the Big Green with a .333 attack percentage, while D'Epagnier topped all players with 14 kills on a .560 clip. Each team picked up eight service aces on the night, including four from Schoenberger and five from Cornell's Sierra Young.
"I thought we served really tough," noted Lindsey. "That's something we practice a lot, and we accomplished that tonight. Unfortunately, Cornell had some tough servers too to balance it out."