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Big Green Beat Cornell to Improve to 4-1 at Home

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Freshman Lucia Pohlman recorded nin digs and had three service aces in the victory over...     By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth volleyball team rebounded from a tough five-set loss on Friday to defeat Cornell on Saturday, 3-0. In similar fashion to the contest against Columbia, the Big Green won the first two sets, but this time was able to close out the match in the third. The victory improved Dartmouth to 11-7 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League. The Big Red dropped to 3-16 and 1-6 in the conference.

The deciding point of the contest came in the second set. The teams were tied at 20 after an attack error by senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas). Baird bounced back with a kill on the next point, and then Cornell's Janel Forte hit a ball long to push the Dartmouth lead to 22-20. The Big Red evened the set after kills by Rachel D'Epagnier and Meagan Tatum. 

With the score tied at 22, Forte hit a ball that sailed long, but the Cornell team and coaching staff argued that the ball was tipped. Despite the objections, the call stood and the Big Red fell behind, 23-22. Dartmouth took advantage of an upset Cornell squad, and after two kills by Baird, the Big Green won the set, 25-22.

Baird recorded another double-double with a match-high 14 kills and 14 digs. Senior Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and junior Meghan Cooney (Martinez, Calif.) each had 11 kills. Cooney added 12 digs, and Villanueva hit .429 in the match. Senior Amber Bryant (Libertyville, Ill.) led all players with 18 digs.

In the first set, Cooney totaled five kills, and seven-straight points by Dartmouth late in the set helped the team claim the first, 25-19. Dartmouth used 14 kills, while hitting .222, to win the third, 25-17.

The Big Green hit .241 in the contest, while Cornell hit .173. Dartmouth had seven service aces compared to zero by the Big Red. The win improved Dartmouth to 4-1 at Leede Arena this season, and marked its eighth sweep of the season.

Dartmouth returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 22, at home against Harvard on Homecoming at 6 p.m.. The Big Green look to improve to .500 in the conference and defeat Harvard twice in the same season for the third year in a row.