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Ivy League Awards Baird Player of the Week Honor

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By Doug Austin
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League announced its weekly volleyball honors on Tuesday and Dartmouth senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) was chosen as the player of the week.

Baird recorded 21 kills, 16 digs and two assists in the 3-1 victory over Harvard on Saturday. She hit an impressive .360 on 50 attempts at 5.25 kills per set in the contest. The win over Harvard gave the Big Green a season sweep over the Crimson, and marked the sixth straight victory against the Ivy League foe.

With the 21 kills, Baird is now four kills away from tying the program's all-time kills record of 1,180 held by Ashley Dean '02. Baird also moved into a tie for sixth on Dartmouth's all-time digs list with 1,052.

The outside hitter is second in the conference in kills per set at 3.61, third in points per set at 3.92 and 10th in the league in digs per set at 3.54.

This is the second time this season that Baird has earned the player of the week honor. On Sept. 13, she garnered the honor after recording three-straight double-doubles (16 kills, 13 digs vs. Marist; 16 kills, 13 digs vs. Army and 22 kills, 14 digs vs. NJIT). Fellow senior Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.) also earned the honor once this season on Sept. 20.

Dartmouth returns to the court on Friday for Dig Pink night against Princeton at 7 p.m. It will be an opportunity for fans to witness history as Baird goes for the all-time kills record.