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Volleyball to Open Second Round of League Play

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By Doug Austin

Friday: Dartmouth (2-15, 1-6 Ivy) at Harvard (7-11, 4-3 Ivy)
Location: Cambridge, Mass.
Date: Oct. 19, 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: Harvard leads, 22-13

HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth volleyball team has a single match slated for this weekend, taking on Harvard for the second time this season. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night in Cambridge.

In the two squads' first meeting earlier this year, the Big Green squeaked by with a 3-2 victory at Leede Arena (25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 28-26, 15-10). Trailing two sets to one and facing elimination in the fourth set, Dartmouth went on an 11-4 run at the end of the fourth frame, forcing four ties and ultimately hanging on for a 28-26 set victory that brought about a fifth and final frame. The Big Green went on to take the fifth set decisively, 15-10, earning the win in their Ivy League opener.

Since then, Dartmouth has hit a rough patch, losing its next seven matches and posting an 0-6 conference mark. Harvard, on the other hand, has gone 4-2 since their loss to the Big Green, including a sweep of Cornell and Columbia last weekend. If the Green and White want to stop the slump against the Crimson and go for the series sweep, they'll have to step up their game and beat them on the road.

Though Harvard leads the all-time series, 22-13, the Big Green have had the Crimson's number recently, winning the last seven straight. Dartmouth has not lost to this opponent since Oct. 3, 2008 in Cambridge, a 3-0 sweep.

Sophomore Alex Schoenberger leads the Big Green with 167 kills on the season. Averaging 2.74 kills/set, she also has 25 blocks and 92 digs on the year. Rookie hitter Paige Caridi is not far behind with 149 kills, adding a team-high 176 digs. Junior Elisa Scudder, Dartmouth's single season record holder in blocks, has posted a squad-best 51 so far this year. Sophomore setter Lucia Pohlman is fourth in the Ivy League with 20 service aces and is tied for second on the squad with 25 blocks.

Live stats for both matches can be found at In addition, a live video broadcast will be available for paying subscribers.