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Baird Breaks Kills Record in 3-1 Victory Over Tigers

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H. — History was made at Leede Arena on Friday when senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) set the Dartmouth all-time kills record after a 16-kill performance, which highlighted the Big Green knocking off Princeton, 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 25-15). With her 16 kills, the outside hitter now has 1,192 in her career. Ashley Dean ’02 previously held the record with 1,180. The victory improved Dartmouth to 13-7 overall and 5-4 in the Ivy League. The loss dropped the Tigers to 14-7 and 7-2 in the conference.

In the second set with the score tied 5-5, Baird spiked a ball down the far line, which pushed her ahead of Dean for the top spot on the all-time kills list. She tied Dean in the opening set with a kill in the middle of the court to push the Big Green lead to 23-19. On the night, she recorded a match-high 16 kills and totaled 17 digs. 

Dartmouth secured a victory over the Tigers with its blocking and a stretch in the fourth set that Princeton could not stop. Leading two sets to one but down 9-10 in the fourth, the Big Green won 14 of 16 points, which included two Tiger timeouts, to stretch the lead to 23-12 and all but seal the contest. During the run, Dartmouth tallied three combined blocks with freshman Alex Schoenberger (Corte Madera, Calif.) taking part in all three.

With the 23-12 lead, the Big Green won two of the last five points, on kills from Schoenberger and senior Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.), to win the set, 25-15, and take the match.

Schoenberger provided the spark for Dartmouth in the third and fourth sets. After not playing in the first two, in which the two teams split, the outside hitter recorded 11 kills, one ace, three digs and four block assists in the final two sets. She provided a balance to Baird's offense and kept the Tigers guessing on who was going to make the next Dartmouth attack.

Villanueva was the other Big Green player to record 10-plus kills. The middle blocker had 14 kills, while hitting .562, and had a match-high five block assists. She was one of four Dartmouth players with at least four block assists. Along with Villanueva and Schoenberger, sophomore Elisa Scudder (Ashburn, Va.) and freshman Lucia Pohlman (Mill Valley, Calif.) each had four. Senior Amber Bryant (Libertyville, Ill.) led all players with 20 digs and is now 24 digs away from tying the all-time digs record. Dean holds the mark with 1,482. Junior Alissa Santa Maria (Yorba Linda, Calif.) tallied a double-double with 50 assists and 13 digs.

In the opening set, Dartmouth jumped out to a 6-0 lead, and withstood a late Princeton run to take the first, 25-20. In the second, the Big Green held a lead for a majority of the set, but the Tigers ended the match winning 14 of the last 20 points to take the second, 25-19. The Big Green fell behind Princeton early in the third, but rebounded to take the set, 25-19.

Cathryn Quinn led the Tigers with 14 kills. Lydia Rudnick had a double-double with 13 kills and 17 digs. Ginny Willis totaled 38 assists, five digs and two kills.

Dartmouth hit an outstanding .303 for the match compared to .143 for the Tigers. The Big Green also had seven service aces with Princeton only totaling one.

The Big Green look to build on this win when they host Penn on Saturday at 5 p.m.