CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Despite getting off to a strong start in the opening set, the Dartmouth volleyball team couldn't hold on, falling in four to the Harvard Crimson Friday night on the road (22-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-20). With the loss, the Big Green drop to 2-16 on the season and 1-7 in the Ivy League. Harvard, on the other hand, has now won three straight Ivy matches, improving to 8-11 overall and 5-3 in conference play. The two squads split the season series, as Dartmouth won the first matchup, 3-2 in Hanover last month.
The outlook was positive for the Big Green after set one. Hanging even with the Crimson throughout the first half, Dartmouth went on a 6-1 run to take a 20-14 lead midway through the frame. The home team would attempt a late comeback, fending off the visitors with a 7-2 run of their own to make it 24-22. But a Harvard service error sealed the win for the Big Green, 25-22.
With the second set tied 8-8, the Crimson went on a tear, putting up five straight points to force a Dartmouth timeout. Even after the Big Green talked things over, Harvard continued to dominate, scoring seven of the set's next nine points to take a 19-10 lead. Dartmouth called another timeout, but it did no good, as the home team finished them off soon after, 25-13.
Set three saw the Big Green string several series of two and three points together, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Crimson. Dartmouth did manage to take a 12-11 lead midway through, and later tie the score 16-16. Harvard remained calm, however, knocking down kill after kill to eventually take the frame, 25-20.
The Crimson put the match away in the fourth set, 25-20, scoring the match's last five points for the victory. The Big Green would not manage a lead in the frame, despite pulling within one, 18-17 after a series of Harvard errors.
Junior Elisa Scudder led the squad with 13 kills on a .375 attack percentage, adding four blocks on the night. Rookie Kayden Cook contributed 35 assists and 10 digs for a double-double, while classmate Katie Jarrett added a career-high five blocks.
Dartmouth is off for the rest of the weekend, returning to action next weekend to face Princeton (Oct. 26; 5 p.m.) and Penn (Oct. 27; 4 p.m.) on the road.
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