Weekend Preview

Friday, Nov. 1: Dartmouth (10-10, 3-5 Ivy League) vs. Yale (14-3, 8-0 Ivy League)
Location: Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: 10-34, Yale, last meeting 10/4/13 (Yale win)

Saturday, Nov. 2: Dartmouth vs. Brown (8-11,4-4 Ivy League)
Location: Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Series Record: 16-24, Brown, last meeting 10/5/13 (Brown win)  

Last week, the Dartmouth women’s volleyball team took to the court just once, hosting Harvard in conference action. The team from the Upper Valley continued their success against the Crimson inside Leede Arena with a 3-2 victory. The Big Green have now won five straight matches versus Harvard in Hanover. After an 0-4 start in league play, Dartmouth has become more comfortable in the offensive system going 3-1 since.  The tilt with their Ancient Eight rival was the first of a five-game home stand.

This weekend, the team welcomes defending conference champion Yale and Brown to town in Ivy League play for their third home conference weekend of the season. In Leede Arena this year, the Green and White are 7-4 overall and 2-1 in conference action.

The game with the Bulldogs is set for Friday at 7 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to hand Yale its first Ivy League loss of the season. Yale has owned the series of late, taking six of the last seven meetings.

On Saturday, head coach Erin Lindsey’s squad squares off with the Bears at 5 p.m. The Green and White are looking to avenge a 3-0 loss to Brown earlier this season in Providence.

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.

Five-Set Triumphs – Each of Dartmouth’s conference wins in 2013 have come in five sets. Twice the Big Green have jumped out to 2-0 leads before holding off the competition by taking the decisive fifth set. Against Cornell on Oct. 12, Dartmouth rallied after dropping the first two sets to pick up the victory.

Block Party – Through 20 games this season, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder ranks second in the Ivy League in blocks per set (1.10). Last weekend, Scudder registered four total blocks (3-solo, 1-assist) to give her 72 for the year. The Ashburn, Va., native sits alone atop the program’s all-time blocks record list with 299. Her 58th block of the year, which came earlier in the season at Yale, gave her 281 for her career, passing Danra Kazenski '99.

On a Roll – During four of the seven weeks of conference action the Big Green have had a player named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll.

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 Emily Astarita was named the conference’s Co-Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. In the win versus Harvard, the outside hitter produced a match-high 17 kills and seven digs. The other members of the team to be honored were freshman Molly Kornfeind as Rookie of the Week on Oct. 15 and sophomore Paige Caridi as Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 17.

Can You Dig It? – Dartmouth is second amongst the Ivies averaging 15.90 digs per set. Thus far in 2013, the squad has amassed 1,240 digs. Caridi leads the team with 220, while Holly Harper has 202 and Stacey Benton has 153. Harper ranks third in the Ancient Eight with 3.81 digs per set.

Killer Power – As a team, the Big Green have 961 kills for an average of 12.32 kills per set, which ranks fourth in the conference. Dartmouth ranks second in the league with a hitting percentage of .208. Leading the attack is Caridi with 170, Kornfeind with 160, Scudder with 144 and Astarita with 157. Scudder also ranks third in the Ivy League in attack percentage, hitting at a .344 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 Bulldogs – After beginning conference play with a 6-3 record, Yale has won all eight conference matches.  The Bulldogs have been dominant, dropping just three sets along the way.  Five of the eight triumphs have been shutouts for Yale. The Bulldogs have a potent offensive attack leading the conference in kills, assists, service aces and attack percentage. Yale also leads the conference in opponent hitting percentage and digs. Mollie Rogers leads the team with 173 kills while Jesse Ebner leads the league with an attack percentage of .422. Kendall Polan had a team-best 490 assists and Maddie Rudnick has 281 digs.

Scouting the Bears – After starting the conference slate 3-1, Brown has struggled of late, losing three of its last four. Last weekend, the Bears were swept by Yale. The Brown offense and defense have also hit a skid, ranking in the bottom three in the league in hitting percentage, assists and kills. Maddie Lord has a team-high 177 kills while Sarah Lucenti leads with 319 assists. Kathryn Conner paces the team on the defensive end with a team-best 246 digs.

Up Next – The Big Green end their five-game home stand with their final conference weekend of play in Hanover, Penn and Princeton, Nov. 8-9. The game with the Quakers is set for Friday at 7 p.m. and the tilt with the Tigers is Saturday at 5 p.m.