DURHAM, N.H. — Despite a promising first set, the Dartmouth volleyball team was swept by UNH Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium (29-27, 25-13, 25-15). With the loss, the Big Green fall to 2-9 on the season (1-0 Ivy), while the Wildcats improve to 9-8 (1-0 America East).
Dartmouth was almost able to take the opening set, falling narrowly to the home team, 29-27. The Big Green initially fell behind, 12-7 before bouncing back to tie the score, 18-18 on Katie Jarrett's serve and ensuing Wildcat attack error. Dartmouth took its first lead of the set two points later, going up 20-19 on a big kill by sophomore Alex Schoenberger. The visitors would lead 24-22 with three set point opportunities, but failed to put away the frame. Instead, the two squads battled back and forth until UNH finally pulled ahead for a two-point victory.
That outcome was disheartening for the Big Green, and Dartmouth dropped the next two sets, 25-13 and 25-15. The only Green and White lead between the final two sets came on the first point of the third, when a UNH ball handling error gave Dartmouth a 1-0 lead.
Freshman Paige Caridi led the squad with a double-double (10 kills, 11 digs), the fifth of her young career. Classmate Kayden Cook tallied 23 assists with 10 digs, while Schoenberger put up eight kills with six digs.
For UNH, three players - Abigail Brinkman, Victoria Forrest and Morgan Thatcher - totaled double-figure kills. Jesse Schnepp led all players with 20 digs for the match, while Jansan Falcusan was tops with 40 assists.
The Big Green returns home this Friday, Sept. 28 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 29 (5 p.m.) for a pair of Ivy League matchups against Penn and Princeton.