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Volleyball Downed by Columbia, 3-1 on the Road

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By Doug Austin
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NEW YORK, N.Y. — Despite taking the opening set, the Dartmouth volleyball team was thwarted by Columbia Friday night in Ivy League action at Levien Gymnasium by scores of 17-25, 25-10, 25-14, 25-12.

With the win, Columbia (8-7, 3-3 Ivy League) snapped a three-game losing skid, improved to 6-1 on its home court and earned its fifth consecutive victory over Dartmouth (2-14, 1-5 Ivy League) dating back to the 2010 season. The Big Green suffered its sixth straight loss and fifth in league action.

The first set started off evenly, leading up to a 9-9 tie, but the Lions struggled to gain their footing as Dartmouth slowly but surely took over. With the set still close at 19-16, the Big Green embarked on a 6-1 run to finish on top, taking a 1-0 advantage in the match.

The Lions came out roaring in the second set, getting things started with the first two points en route to a 5-1 run. With the score at 7-4, Columbia outscored the Big Green 14-2 over the next 16 points to take a commanding 21-6 lead. A 4-1 Dartmouth run would bring the Big Green as close as they would get as get as the Lions finished off the second set victory with three unanswered points.

In the third set, Columbia scored first and held the lead until Dartmouth knotted the score, 8-8, following a 4-0 run that forced the Lions to call timeout. Columbia wasted no time in regaining its lead, taking advantage of three straight Big Green attack errors and a service ace. With the score at 13-8, Dartmouth remained within reason, but Columbia secured the win thanks to a 7-1 run that included six consecutive points to close out the set and take a 2-1 series advantage.

The home team began the final frame with a 10-2 run, forcing a Dartmouth timeout. The Lions consistently outscored the Big Green throughout the remainder of the set, posting a dominating 25-12 victory to win the match.

Sophomore Alex Schoenberger tallied a team-best 12 kills for the visitors, adding seven digs. Rookie Kayden Cook had 24 assists with eight digs, while classmate Paige Caridi contributed a squad-high 12 digs with eight kills.

Dartmouth is back in action tomorrow, facing Cornell in Ivy League action. Match time is 5 p.m.