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Dartmouth Drops Ivy League Contest to Penn, 3-1

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By John and Matt Risley
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HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s volleyball team lost its third straight Ivy League home match on Friday night, falling, 3-1, to Penn inside Leede Arena. After dropping the first set, 25-19, the Quakers rallied, taking the next three, 25-20, 25-14 and 25-13.

With the loss, the Big Green (10-13, 3-8 Ivy) have now dropped 15 in a row to the Quakers (13-9, 7-4 Ivy) while Penn has now won its last five matches in Ancient Eight play.

In the first set, Penn took 10 of the first 17 points to hold a three-point advantage. Trailing 10-7, Dartmouth went on a 10-0 run thanks to a pair of service aces from senior co-captain Elisa Scudder and two kills from Paige Caridi. During the run, the Quakers committed five attack errors as the Big Green raced out to a 17-10 lead. Penn took the sets next four points, but Dartmouth held its ground scoring eight of the final 13 points to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman Emily Astarita sealed the opening set with an ace for the Green and White.

 After falling behind early, Penn rallied in the second set to knot the game at one apiece. Midway through the set, the Quakers went on a 9-3 run to pull away and hold a 21-15 edge. The Big Green fought back, cutting the deficit to just three at 22-19, but the Quakers held on to take the set, 25-20.

Dartmouth got off to a slow start in the third set after the ten-minute intermission as Penn scored nine of the first 12 points. The Big Green never gained momentum as the Quakers won the set, 25-?, to take the 2-1 lead.

In the fourth set, the teams traded the first two points before Penn built a steady lead. The Quakers would go on a 16-9 run to hold a 17-10 advantage. Penn would end the game on a ?-? run to earn their seven conference win of the year.

Offensively, Caridi was the lone member of the Green and White to register a double-digit kill total with 10. Scudder added eight kills while Kaira Lujan had six and Emily Astarita had five. Stacey Benton had a match-high 29 assists for Dartmouth.

On the defensive end the Big Green were led by freshman libero Julia Lau with 17 digs and Benton added 11 of her own.

The Big Green return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9, as they welcome Princeton into Leede Arena to end a five-match home stand. Following the contest with the Tigers, Dartmouth will honor seniors Berkeley Hall and Elisa Scudder.