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Bryant Sets Record in Comeback Victory at Cornell

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By Mark Washburn

ITHACA, N.Y. — Senior co-captain Amber Bryant (Libertyville, Ill.) set the Dartmouth volleyball all-time dig's record on Friday in a 3-2 comeback victory at Cornell. In the win, the libero totaled 28 digs to bring her career total to 1,500 digs. She passed Ashley Dean ’02, who previously held the record at 1,482. The victory pushed the Big Green to 14-8 overall and 6-5 in the Ivy League. The loss dropped the Big Red to 4-19 overall and 2-9 in the conference.

The victory wasn't an easy one for Dartmouth as it dropped the first two sets in the match before coming all the way back to earn the win. Even after winning the third and fourth sets, the Big Green had to comeback from a 9-6 deficit in the fifth. Dartmouth rolled off three straight points on a kill by sophomore Elisa Scudder (Ashburn, Va.) and then a kill and service ace by senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas).

Cornell responded by regaining a two-point lead on a kill by Kelly Marble and an attack error by senior Kendall Houston (Austin, Texas). After a kill by freshman Alex Schoenberger (Corte Madera, Calif.) cut the lead to 11-10, the Big Red won the next two points to push the lead to 13-10. With their backs against the wall, the Big Green won the final five points of the match on a kill by senior Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.), three kills by Schoenberger and an attack error by Madeleine Przybyl to win the fifth, 15-13.

Schoenberger led the team with 20 kills and added six assists. Baird recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 12 digs. Houston distributed the ball with 38 assists and added eight digs and four kills. Scudder and Villanueva each totaled four block assists.

In the first two sets, Cornell controlled the match, winning the first, 26-24, and the second, 25-11. The Big Green started its comeback winning the third set, 25-14, and won the fourth, 25-16.

Bryant set the record in the second set and with the career record now hold's the program's single-match dig's record, single-season dig's record and career dig's record.

With the 14 victories, Dartmouth ties its total from last year with three matches still remaining. The six league victories improves last year's total by one with three contests left. The Big Green play Columbia on Saturday at 5 p.m.