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Volleyball Ends Three-Match Skid with Win at Brown

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Senior Annie Villanueva totaled 10 kills on 16 attempts in the victory.      By Mark Washburn

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Dartmouth volleyball team ended a three-match losing streak on Saturday with a 3-0 victory at Brown. The Big Green used a balance attack to beat the Bears with three players tallying nine-or-more kills. The win improved Dartmouth to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference. Brown fell to 5-11 and 1-4 in the Ivy League.

The Big Green used three players to wear down the Bears' defense. Freshman Alex Schoenberger (Corte Madera, Calif.), and seniors Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) each had at least nine kills. Schoenberger led the team with 11 kills, Villanueva had 10 kills on 16 attempts for a .562 hitting percentage and Baird totaled nine kills and 14 digs.

In the opening set, the two teams were tied at 11 before Dartmouth won 14 of the last 20 points to win the first, 25-17. Despite a strong showing by the Bears in the second set, the Big Green squeaked out 25-22 victory. In the third, Dartmouth used the momentum from the first two sets to jump out to an early lead in the third, and used a six-point run late to win the set, 25-17.

With her nine kills, Baird moved into sole possession of second on Dartmouth's all-time kills list. She has 1,126 career kills, breaking her tie with Ashley Dean ’02 at 1,117. Baird is 54 kills behind all-time leader Anne Murray ’00. Murray recorded 1,180 kills in her career.

The Big Green hit .290 in the contest and only committed eight attack errors. Brown hit .167 and had 18 attack errors. Junior Alissa Santa Maria (Yorba Linda, Calif.) recorded a double-double with 27 assists and 10 digs.

Emma Pastore led the Bears with 11 kills. Two players for Brown totaled 10-plus digs. Annika Gliottone had 13 and Alexandra Rieckhoff recorded 14.

The match ended five straight road matches for the Big Green. Dartmouth returns home for the first time since Sept. 17 when it hosts Columbia on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.