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Volleyball Falls to Columbia on Senior Night

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. — With seniors Alissa Santa Maria and Kylie Kufeld playing in their final home match, the Dartmouth volleyball team fell to Columbia, 3-0 Saturday night at Leede Arena (25-12, 25-23, 25-21). With the loss, the Big Green are 2-20 on the season and 1-11 in the Ivy League. The Lions better their record to 12-9 overall and 7-5 in the League.

"I thought the match was really well fought," said head coach Erin Lindsey after the match. "I was really proud of the team tonight. It just came down to a few plays here and there in each game that went in Columbia's direction, and they had a little bit more firepower than us. I hope we can continue to build, even though we only have two more matches, because tonight was a big growing match for our team."

Santa Maria had a squad-best 11 assists in her final home match for the Green and White, while classmate Kufeld added a pair of assists and four digs.

"I was really pleased that Kylie had such a good performance," Lindsey added. "Playing defense and stepping into serve receive, she did a nice job in a position she hadn't been in all year. Alissa also fought really hard, putting up some really nice balls for her hitters."

After dropping the first set 25-12, Dartmouth bounced back with a solid second frame. Despite an early 16-7 deficit, the Big Green fought back to within one, 18-17. Facing set point, an Alex Schoenberger kill from Santa Maria kept the home team in it, 24-22. Allison Brady and Elisa Scudder came up with a big block on the following play, but Columbia's Megan Gaughn put the set away with a final kill.

Dartmouth battled back from an 8-1 third set deficit to tie the game, 12-12 before letting the Lions regain the advantage. Columbia went on a 9-4 run to go up, 21-15, ultimately taking the match on a kill by Colleen Brennan.

Scudder led the Big Green with a .500 hitting percentage for the match, while Schoenberger notched a team-high nine kills on a .207 percentage. Santa Maria and rookie Kayden Cook combined for 21 assists on the night. Vivian Snider's 13 digs were also a squad-best.

Dartmouth wraps up the 2012 season next Friday and Saturday, on the road at Yale and Brown for their final matches of the season.