NEW HAVEN, CONN. — The Dartmouth women's volleyball team lost at Yale on Friday, 3-0. The loss dropped the Big Green to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs improved to 10-4 and 4-0 in the conference.
Yale dominated the contest with Dartmouth unable to stifle the Bulldogs' attack. The Big Green fell behind early, but the team eventually took a 16-14 lead after four straight points. Yale responded by winning 11 of the final 12 points, including the last eight, to win the set, 25-17. From there, the Bulldogs won the second, 25-14, and the third, 25-16.
Senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) tallied seven kills and six digs for the Big Green. The seven kills tied her with Ashley Dean ’02 for second on the Dartmouth's all-time kills list with 1,117 career kills. Senior Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led the Big Green with 10 kills on a .389 hitting percentage. Junior Alissa Santa Maria (Yorba Linda, Calif.) distributed the ball with 24 assists.
Yale had two players with nine kills and two players with seven kills for its balanced attack. Kendall Polan just missed a triple-double with seven kills, 10 digs and 30 assists. Polan and Mollie Rogers tied for the team lead with 10 digs.
Dartmouth hit .116 in the contest compared to .326 for the Bulldogs. Yale totaled eight service aces and six service errors, while the Big Green only mustered two aces and seven service errors.
The defeat marked the third straight road loss for the Big Green and the third straight overall. Dartmouth returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Brown at 5 p.m.