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The Big Green hosts Columbia on Friday at 7 p.m. and Cornell on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Volleyball Returns Home to Face Columbia and Cornell

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 10/13/2011
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Friday: Columbia (10-5, 4-1 Ivy) at Dartmouth (10-6, 2-3 Ivy)
Location:
Hanover, N.H.
Date: Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Series Record:
Dartmouth leads, 18-7

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Saturday: Cornell (2-15, 0-5 Ivy) at Dartmouth (10-6, 2-3 Ivy)
Location:
Hanover, N.H.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 5 p.m.
Series Record:
Cornell leads, 20-10

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HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth volleyball team returns home this weekend after five straight contests on the road. The Big Green host Columbia on Friday at 7 p.m. and Cornell on Saturday at 5 p.m. Dartmouth enters with contests with a 10-6 mark overall and are 2-3 in the Ivy League. The team is tied for fourth in the conference with Harvard and Penn.

The Big Green went 1-1 last weekend after a 3-0 loss at Yale and a sweep at Brown. Against the Bulldogs, 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. 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.

In the match at Brown, The Big Green used three players to wear down the Bears' defense. Freshman Alex Schoenberger (Corte Madera, Calif.), Villanueva and Baird each had at least nine kills. Schoenberger led the team with 11, 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 the 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.

Quick Hits

  • With her nine kills at Brown, 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.
  • This weekend's contests begin a stretch of five consecutive home matches for the Big Green that stretches until Oct. 29. Dartmouth hosts Harvard on Homecoming on Oct. 22 and then Princeton and Penn on Oct. 28 and 29.
  • After the victory over Brown, Dartmouth has seven sweeps this season, which surpasses the six sweeps the team achieved last year.

Opponents

Columbia (10-5, 4-1 Ivy)
Columbia enters the weekend with a 10-5 mark overall and are 4-1 in the Ivy League. The Lions are tied for second in the conference with Princeton. Columbia has won six of its last seven games after defeating Princeton and Penn last weekend. Megan Gaughn leads the team in kills with 183. Charlee Dyroff is the team leader in digs with 259.

The two teams have played 25 times with the Big Green leading the all-time series, 18-7. The squads first met on Oct. 15, 1994 with Columbia winning at home, 3-0. Dartmouth won the next year, which started a streak of six straight wins for the Big Green. The Lions won both matches last year, which ended six straight victories for Dartmouth. The Big Green are 9-3 at home against Columbia.

Cornell (2-15, 0-5 Ivy)
The Big Red come into the weekend with a 2-15 record and a 0-5 mark in the conference. Cornell is on a 10-match losing streak after falling to Colgate on Tuesday and at home to Penn and Princeton last weekend. Madeleine Przybyl leads the team in kills with 142, and Risa Ka'awa is the team leader in digs with 277.

Cornell leads the all-time series, 20-11. The teams first met on Oct. 14, 1994 in Ithaca with the Big Red winning, 3-0. Dartmouth earned its first victory in the series on Oct. 12, 1996. In Hanover, Cornell holds a 9-5 advantage over the Big Green, but Dartmouth has won the last two. Dartmouth has won the last three contests with the Big Red's last victory coming on Oct. 10, 2009.
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