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Volleyball Heads to Yale and Brown for Weekend Matches

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 10/07/2011
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Friday: Dartmouth (9-5, 1-2 Ivy) at Yale (9-4, 3-0 Ivy)
Location:
New Haven, Conn.
Date: Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Series Record:
Yale leads, 25-9

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Saturday: Dartmouth (9-5, 1-2 Ivy) at Brown (5-9, 1-2 Ivy)
Location:
Providence, R.I.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8, 5 p.m.
Series Record:
Brown leads, 15-14

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HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth volleyball team plays its fourth and fifth consecutive road matches this weekend when it travels to Yale on Friday and Brown on Saturday.

The Big Green went 0-2 last weekend with losses at Penn and at Princeton to fall to 9-5 overall and 1-2 in the Ivy League. At Penn, Dartmouth struggled in the second and third sets and lost the match, 3-0. Late in the first, Penn tied the set at 18 on a kill by Emma White. Dartmouth gained a three-point lead, 21-18, on three straight points, highlighted by an ace by junior Alissa Santa Maria (Yorba Linda, Calif.). The Quakers responded with four consecutive points to take a 22-21 lead. After a kill by sophomore Elisa Scudder (Ashburn, Va.) tied the score, Penn won three of the next four points to take the set, 25-23.

The momentum the Quakers gained in the first carried over to the second and third sets. The Big Green never really found a rhythm after the first and lost the next two by the same 25-17 score.

Senior Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led the Big Green with nine kills. Senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) totaled eight kills and 13 digs, and senior Amber Bryant (Libertyville, Ill.) had a team-high 15 digs.

In the match at Princeton, Dartmouth lost, 3-2, in a tight contest. In the fifth and deciding set, Dartmouth took an early 4-3 lead on a kill by Baird. After a kill by Princeton's Lydia Rudnik, the Big Green would not hold a lead the rest of the contest. The Tigers pushed out to an 8-5 advantage on three consecutive kills by Cathryn Quinn. Dartmouth cut the deficit to 12-11 after a kill by Villanueva, but Princeton won the next three points to take the set, 15-11.

Baird and Villanueva tied for the Dartmouth team lead with 15 kills each. Villanueva added five blocks and Baird had 14 digs and four blocks. Santa Maria distributed the ball with 51 assists.

Quick Hits

  • With Baird's 23 kills over the weekend, she now has 1,110 in her career. She is only seven away from tying for second place on Dartmouth's all-time list. Ashley Dean ’02 is in second with 1,117 kills. Anne Murray ’00 holds the career kills record with 1,180.
  • The Big Green is playing strong defense on the front line. The team may only be seventh in the league in blocks, but has the lowest opponent hitting percentage in the conference at .155.
  • Dartmouth is 11th in the nation in digs per set at 17.79. Bryant leads the team with 4.69 digs per set. Duquesne leads the NCAA at 19.44 digs per set.

Opponents

Yale (9-4, 3-0 Ivy)
The Bulldogs are on a three-match winning streak after defeating Columbia and Cornell at home last weekend. Yale beat Cornell, 3-0, and bested Columbia, 3-2. Mollie Rogers leads the team with 149 kills and Maddie Rudnick is the team leader in digs with 210.

The Bulldogs lead the all-time series over Dartmouth, 25-9. The squads first met on Oct. 28, 1994 at Yale, with the Bulldogs winning, 3-0. The Big Green won their first contest in the series at home on Nov. 1, 1997. Yale has controlled the series, winning six of the last seven matches. Dartmouth is 3-12 all time at New Haven with its last victory coming on Oct. 13, 2001.

Brown (5-9, 1-2 Ivy)
The Bears enter the weekend with a 5-9 record after splitting last weekend at home against Columbia and Cornell. Brown lost to Columbia, 3-1, but then defeated Cornell, 3-2, to stop a three-match winning streak. Maddie Lord leads Brown with 192 kills and Annika Gliottone is the team leader in digs with 248.

Brown leads the all-time series against Dartmouth, 15-14. The teams first met on Oct. 29, 1994 with the Bears winning at home, 3-0. The Big Green won the next year at home, 3-2. Brown won both matches last season and three of the last four. Dartmouth has a 5-9 record at Brown and last won there on Oct. 11, 2008.

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