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Cornell Slips Past Volleyball in Five Sets

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By Doug Austin
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ITHACA, N.Y. — Despite coming back from a two-set deficit to force a decisive fifth frame, the Dartmouth volleyball team was edged by Cornell Saturday night in Ivy League action, 25-22, 25-14, 23-25, 13-25, 15-10. The loss snaps a five-game win streak for the Big Green (2-15; 1-6 Ivy League) in the all-time series against the Big Red (6-12; 2-5 Ivy). Dartmouth has now lost its past seven matches.

Tied at two sets apiece, the two squads battled in the tiebreaker for rights to the match. The score was tied four times early in the frame, but eventually Cornell was able to pull away for good. Tied 7-7, the Big Red went on a 4-0 run that forced a Dartmouth timeout. Even after the visitors talked things over, Cornell continued to dominate, scoring three of the next four points for a 14-8 lead that brought up match point. A Dartmouth service error ended the Big Green's hopes.

After the hosts took a two-set lead, Dartmouth buckled down and won the next two. Cornell had taken a 13-8 lead in set three and looked to be in control of the match, but a 9-3 run gave Dartmouth renewed confidence and a narrow 17-16 lead. The score remained close for the rest of the frame, but Elisa Scudder's kill ultimately gave the Big Green a 25-23 victory.

With momentum in their favor, Dartmouth dominated the fourth set, winning 25-13. Trailing 7-6, the Big Green went on a killer 13-2 run to take a 19-9 advantage. Seven Cornell errors contributed to the lopsided scoring, and a final Big Red attack error sealed the victory to force a fifth set. Nonetheless, the Big Red pulled together when it mattered, bouncing back for the match victory.

Three players - Alex Schoenberger, Elisa Scudder and Allison Brady - posted double-digit kills for the Big Green, but it wasn't enough. Scudder led her team with a match-high .393 attack percentage, adding four blocks on the night. Kayden Cook led the squad with 35 assists, while Paige Caridi posted a career-high 25 digs.

Dartmouth returns to the court next weekend, facing Harvard and Princeton for the second time this season, this time on the road. The Big Green will face the Crimson Friday night at 7 p.m. before taking on the Tigers Saturday at 5 p.m.