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Women's Volleyball Travels to Princeton and Penn This Weekend

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 10/17/2013
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Friday, Oct. 18: Dartmouth (8-9, 1-4 Ivy League) vs. Princeton (6-9, 2-3 Ivy League)
Location: Princeton, N.J.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: 6-30, Princeton, last meeting 10/26/12 (Princeton win)

Saturday, Oct. 19: Dartmouth vs. Penn (8-8, 2-3 Ivy League)
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Series Record: 7-29, Penn, last meeting 10/27/12 (Penn win)

Last week, the Dartmouth women’s volleyball team returned home after a four-match road trip going 1-1 in Ivy League action. In the opener versus Columbia, Dartmouth jumped out to a 2-0 lead before dropping the next three sets for their fourth straight Ivy League defeat. In the weekend finale, the Big Green erased a 2-0 deficit against Cornell to net their first conference win of the season.

This weekend, the team heads south to face Princeton and Penn in Ancient Eight play. Away from Leede Arena in 2013 the Green and White are 2-5, however both of their wins came in neutral site games at the Volley in the Valley Tournament hosted by Marist. In true road contests the team from the Upper Valley is winless, including 0-3 in conference contests.

The weekend of play gets underway Friday at 7 p.m. in Dillon Gym versus Princeton where Dartmouth has never won dating back to 1989. On Saturday, the Big Green square off with Penn at 5 p.m. Head coach Erin Lindsey’s squad looks to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Quakers at the Palestra and also end a 13-match losing streak.

Fresh off a five-set win that snapped a six-game skid, the Big Green look to carry that momentum with them on the road. Both the Quakers and the Tigers have had the Green’s number as of late, but the youthful Dartmouth squad looks to change 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 17 games this season, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder leads the Ivy League in blocks per set (1.22). Last weekend, Scudder registered nine total blocks (2-solo, 7-assist) to give her 67 for the year. The Ashburn, Va., native sits alone atop the program’s all-time blocks record list with 290. Her 58th block of the year, which came two weeks ago at Yale, gave her 281 for her career, passing Danra Kazenski '99.

On a Roll – During four of the six weeks of conference action the Big Green have had a player named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll. Most recently, Scudder made the list after registering 25 blocks, nine assists and a trio of aces last week.

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. This 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 16.19 digs per set. Through the first 17 games of the season the squad has amassed 1,036 digs. Holly Harper leads the team with 202, while Caridi has 183 and Stacey Benton has 125. Harper ranks third in the Ancient Eight with 3.81 digs per set.

Killer Power – As a team, the Big Green have 795 kills for an average of 12.42 kills per set, which ranks second in the conference. Dartmouth also ranks second in the league with a hitting percentage of .209. Leading the attack is Caridi with 136, Kornfeind with 133 and Scudder with 118. Scudder also ranks third in the Ivy League in attack percentage, hitting at a .329 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 Tigers – It’s been an up and down start of the year for the Princeton volleyball team, having only strung together back-to-back wins during its opening weekend of play.  Last weekend, the Tigers lost both of their conference games, falling in five to Brown and four to Yale. The Tigers were one of only two teams to take a set from defending conference champion Yale this yearas Penn was the other.  Jendal Peterkin leads the team with 166 kills while Sarah Daschbach has a team-best 194 digs and Lauren Miller has 359 assists.

Scouting the Quakers – After starting the season 0-3 at the University of Maryland Tournament, Penn has rebounded going 8-5 since. At home this year the Quakers are 3-1, scoring victories over Weber State, Delaware and Temple. Penn dropped its first two league matches before winning two of its last three. Kristen Etterbeek leads the team with 166 kills with Dani Shepherd posting a team-high 202 digs and Alex Caldwell leading with 399 assists.

Up Next – After the road weekend, Dartmouth returns to Hanover to face Harvard in Ivy League action on Friday, Oct. 25. The game with the Crimson is set for 7 p.m. as the Big Green look to avenge a 3-0 defeat earlier this season in Cambridge.

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