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Volleyball Looks for Season Sweep of Harvard on Saturday

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 10/20/2011
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Saturday: Harvard (10-7, 3-4 Ivy) at Dartmouth (11-7, 3-4 Ivy)
Location:
Hanover, N.H.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m.
Series Record:
Harvard leads, 22-11

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HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth volleyball team continues its homestand on Saturday when it hosts Harvard at 6 p.m. The Big Green enter the contest with an 11-7 record overall and a 3-4 mark in the Ivy League.

Last weekend, Dartmouth split at home with Cornell and Columbia. The Big Green lost a five-set match to the Lions, but came back and defeated the Big Red, 3-0. In the fifth set against Columbia, the squads went back and forth through the first 10 points and were tied at 5-5. Dartmouth won the next three points on two attack errors by Columbia and a kill by senior Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.) to take an 8-5 lead. The Lions called a timeout, and then won five of the next seven points to tie the score at 10.

The Big Green regained the lead on a kill by freshman Lucia Pohlman (Mill Valley, Calif.), but again Columbia responded on a kill by Savannah Fletcher. Dartmouth took a 12-11 lead on another kill by Pohlman, but the Lions won the next three points to give themselves two match points at 14-12. The Big Green fought off the first on a kill by freshman Alex Schoenberger (Corte Madera, Calif.), but Columbia ended the match on a kill by Madeline Rumer to win the set, 15-13.

Dartmouth had four players with at least 14 kills. Schoenberger led the team with 16, senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) and Villanueva each had 15 and Pohlman totaled 14. Baird also recorded a double-double with her 24 digs. The outside hitter was one of three Big Green to have 10-plus digs. Junior Alissa Santa Maria (Yorba Linda, Calif.) recorded 16 digs and senior Amber Bryant (Libertyville, Ill.) had 14.

In the Cornell contest, Dartmouth earned the sweep by controlling the momentum of the match and winning a close second set. Baird recorded another double-double with a match-high 14 kills and 14 digs. Villanueva and junior Meghan Cooney (Martinez, Calif.) each had 11 kills. Cooney added 12 digs, and Villanueva hit .429 in the match. Bryant led all players with 18 digs.

Record-Breaking Quick Hits

  • Baird is moving closer and closer to breaking the all-time kills record at Dartmouth. The outside hitter has 1,155 career kills, only 25 behind all-time leader Ashley Dean '02 who finished her career with 1,180.
  • Not only is Baird chasing down a record but so is fellow senior Bryant. With her 34 digs over the weekend, she now has 1,416 in her career and is second on the all-time list. She trails Dean by 66 digs. Dean finished her career with 1,482 digs.
  • Sophomore Elisa Scudder (Ashburn, Va.) has 58 total blocks to lead the Big Green and is on pace to break the 74 she recorded last season. The middle blocker also has a chance to set the all-time single season mark of 80 held by Andrea Sea '03, who achieved the feat in 2001.

Opponents

Harvard (10-7, 3-4 Ivy)
The Crimson enter the contest with a 10-7 record after splitting with Cornell and Columbia at home last weekend. Harvard lost to Cornell, 3-1, but bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Columbia. Taylor Docter leads the team in kills with 200, and Christine Wu leads in digs with 365.

Harvard leads the all-time series over Dartmouth, 22-11. The teams first met as varsity programs on Oct. 18, 1994. The Crimson won the contest in Hanover, 3-0. The Big Green earned its first victory in the series on Nov. 11, 1997 at the Ivy Championship hosted by Yale. The Big Green has controlled the series of late by winning seven of the last nine matches and five straight. Dartmouth won at Harvard earlier this year, 3-2.
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