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Volleyball's Comeback Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to Penn

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth volleyball team looked for its fourth straight victory on Saturday, but came up short in a 3-2 (25-22, 25-23, 16-25, 20-25, 15-12) loss against Penn at Leede Arena. Penn took a 2-0 lead in the match, but the Big Green won the third and fourth to push it to a fifth set. The Quakers squeaked out the final set, 15-12, to claim the contest. The loss dropped Dartmouth to 13-8 overall and 5-5 in the Ivy League. Penn improved to 7-14 and 3-7 in the conference.

The fifth and final set went back-and-forth with the neither team able to gain separation through the first 22 points. With the score tied at 11, the Quakers made their move. Penn won three straight points on a kill by Kristen Etterbeek, a kill by Susan Stuecheli and a bad set by senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) to give the Quakers three match points. Dartmouth fought off the first on a kill by Baird, but Penn won the match on a kill by Etterbeek.

Dartmouth had four players with at least 10 kills. Freshman Alex Schoenberger (Corte Madera, Calif.) led the team with 18, Baird totaled 16, senior Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.) recorded 12 and freshman Lucia Pohlman (Mill Valley, Calif.) tallied 10.

Pohlman recorded her first career triple-double with 10 kills, 10 assists and 23 digs. It is the first triple-double for a member of the Big Green since senior Kendall Houston (Austin, Texas) recorded one in the beginning of last season. The 23 digs also set a new career-high for Pohlman. Baird and junior Alissa Santa Maria (Yorba Linda, Calif.) each had a double-double. Baird had 13 digs to go along with her 16 kills and Santa Maria had 51 assists and 14 digs.

Etterbeek led the Quakers with 21 kills and 14 digs. Two other Penn players had double-digit kills in Emma White with 14 and Stuecheli with 10. Meghan Connolly and Hilary Ash split the setting duty and each had 27 assists.

The Big Green looked like two different teams in the match. The squad could not find its rhythm in the first two sets and the Quakers took advantage. Penn hit .382 in the first set to win it, 25-22. In the second, Dartmouth started to regain its footing, but couldn't overcome a 15-9 advantage in the set and eventually lost, 25-23. The Big Green controlled the third set and won, 25-16, and in the fourth, Dartmouth hit .359 to win, 25-20, and push the match to the dramatic fifth set.

The Big Green head out for their final road trip of the season when they play at Cornell and Columbia next weekend.