Women's Volleyball Loses Heartbreaker to Princeton
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s volleyball team fell in Ivy League action to Princeton, 3-2, on Saturday inside Leede Arena. The Big Green erased a 2-1 deficit to force a decisive game five, but the Tigers attack came alive late to seal the victory.
With the loss, Dartmouth (10-14, 3-9 Ivy) has dropped four straight home conference matches while Princeton (9-13, 5-7 Ivy) has now won three of its last four in league play.
In the fifth set, the two Ancient Eight rivals traded the first 20 points. With the score knotted at 10, Dartmouth netted back-to-back points before Princeton scored three in a row to take the lead. A Tigers attack error tied the game at 13 and down the stretch Princeton scored the final two points to earn its second straight triumph in Hanover.
The Green and White held the advantage in nearly every statistical category. Dartmouth had a season-high 77 kills to the Tigers 66 and 75 assists to Princeton’s 62. The Big Green held a 70-62 edge in digs while adding eight service aces.
In her final home regular season contest, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder had 16 kills with an attack percentage of .387. The Ashburn, Va., native also added a trio of blocks and an ace.
On senior night, the Dartmouth freshman impressed as Emily Astarita had a career high 24 kills with an attack percentage of .500 while Stacey Benton had a match-best 70 assists. Benton’s 70 assists is the second highest single game total in program history, just eight behind Felicity Kolp '99 who holds the record.
Paige Caridi had arguably the best match of her career, registering 25 kills with 14 digs, three aces and a quartet of blocks. The sophomore Outside Hitter has lead the team in kills in two straight matches.
At the conclusion of the game, the Big Green honored two members of the Class of 2014 during Senior Day festivities. Elisa Scudder and Berkeley Hall were recognized for their contribution to the women’s volleyball program.
Dartmouth returns to the court next weekend, Nov. 15-16, traveling to the Empire State to close out the regular season with Ivy League contests versus Cornell and Columbia. The match with the Big Red is slated for Friday at 7 p.m. and the tilt with the Lions gets underway Saturday at 5 p.m.