Volleyball Faces Princeton and Penn on Friday & Saturday
Friday: Princeton (14-6, 7-1 Ivy) at Dartmouth (12-7, 4-4 Ivy)
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Date: Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Series Record: Princeton leads, 26-5
Saturday: Penn (6-12, 2-6 Ivy) at Dartmouth (12-7, 4-4 Ivy)
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m.
Series Record: Penn leads, 24-7
HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth volleyball team enters the weekend with a 12-7 record overall and a 4-4 mark in the conference. The team looks to extend its two-match winning streak when it hosts Princeton and Penn on Friday and Saturday.
Against Harvard last weekend, the Big Green used a strong effort from senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) to defeat the Crimson, 3-1. Baird added 16 digs to her 21 kills and is now four kills away from tying the all-time kills record at 1,180 held by Ashley Dean '02. Sophomore Meghan Cooney (Martinez, Calif.) tried to keep pace with Baird, recording 17 kills and 13 digs. Senior Amber Bryant (Libertyville, Ill.) led the team in digs with 22 and junior Alissa Santa Maria (Yorba Linda, Calif.) tallied a double-double with 45 assists and 11 digs.
For the contest, Dartmouth hit .231 compared to .180 for Harvard. The Big Green totaled five service aces and had seven team blocks. The Crimson had one service ace and seven team blocks. The win gave Dartmouth a sweep of Harvard this year and marked the sixth straight victory over the Crimson.
The Ivy League announced its weekly volleyball honors on Tuesday and Baird 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.
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 this season on Sept. 20.
The Dartmouth volleyball team invites fans to come to its PINK match this Friday, Oct. 28, to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness. If fans wear pink, they will get a chance to win a free Dartmouth volleyball t-shirt. The team will be taking on the Princeton Tigers at 7 p.m. in Leede Arena. Admission is free.
Trick or Treat
The Big Green are hosting a trick-or-treat event after their match against Penn this Saturday, Oct. 29. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the match. Prizes will be given to the best costumes. After the match, kids can stick around and get treats from the Dartmouth players in Leede Arena. The squad will have members of the team throughout the arena with candy, and kids can go "trick-or-treating" to them. The match starts at 5 p.m. in Leede. Admission is free.
- Baird will be going for the Dartmouth all-time kill record in the contest against Princeton. The outside hitter is four kills away from tying the all-time mark and five away from breaking it. Baird is also tied for sixth on Dartmouth's all-time digs list with 1,052.
- Bryant is closing in on the all-time digs record after her 22 against Harvard on Saturday. She is now 44 digs away from tying the record, currently held by Dean with 1,482 digs.
- The Big Green have protected home court in 2011. In six games, Dartmouth is 5-1 overall, and are 2-1 in the Ivy League at Leede Arena.
The Tigers enter the weekend with a 14-6 record overall and are 7-1 in the conference. Princeton won last weekend at Penn, 3-0. It marked the fourth consecutive victory for the Tigers. The team last lost on Oct. 7 at Columbia. Cathryn Quinn leads the team with 261 kills and Hillary Ford is the team-leader in digs with 415.
Princeton leads the all-time series, 26-5. The two teams first met on Oct. 7, 1994. The Tigers won the match in Hanover, 3-0. The Big Green earned its first victory in the series on Oct. 19, 1996. Both teams won on their home courts last season. The win by the Big Green stopped an eight-match winning streak for Princeton in the series. In the contest earlier this season, Princeton squeaked out a home victory, 3-2.
Penn (6-12, 2-6 Ivy)
The Quakers are 6-12 overall and 2-6 in the Ivy League. Penn is on a four-match losing streak, including a loss last weekend at home to Princeton, 3-0. The Quakers last won at Cornell on Oct. 7. Amanda Pacheco leads the team in kills with 187. Dani Shepherd is the team-leader in digs with 370.
Penn leads the all-time series, 24-7. The squads first met on Oct. 8, 1994 with the Quakers winning in Hanover, 3-0. Dartmouth gained its first victory in the series on Oct. 18, 1996. Penn has won the last 10 matches between the two teams. Dartmouth last defeated Penn on Oct. 7, 2006 in Hanover. At Penn earlier this season, the Quakers earned a 3-0 victory over the Big Green.