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Women's Volleyball Falls in Ivy League Action to Penn, 3-1

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By John and Matt Risley
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Dartmouth women’s volleyball team wrapped up an Ivy League road weekend with a 3-1 loss to Penn on Saturday at the Palestra. After taking the first game, the Big Green dropped the last three for their 14th straight defeat at the hands of the Quakers.

The Green and White (9-10, 2-5 Ivy) got off to a quick start, taking the opening game 26-24, before the Quakers (9-9, 3-4 Ivy) rallied in front of their home crowd by winning by at least seven points in each set.

Dartmouth started the opening game on a 6-3 run. The team from the Upper Valley controlled the tempo during the set and never trailed. After trailing, 23-21, Penn rallied to tie the game thanks to a Big Green attack error. Down the stretch, Dartmouth held strong, winning three of the last four points to take a 1-0 lead.

In the second game, Penn scored eight of the first 10 points and never looked back as they won, 25-16, to tie the match at one apiece. In game three, the teams battled early splitting the sets first 18 points before the Quakers went on a 7-1 run to create some breathing room and give them a 16-10 edfe. Later, a Penn attack error brought Dartmouth to within five at 21-16, but the Quakers scored the final four points to take a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth set, the teams fought hard once again, trading the first 16 points. With the game knotted at eight, Penn created breathing room again, going on an 8-3 run.  The Big Green’s late rally fell short as the Quakers scored the final two points to net their third Ivy League win of the year.

Offensively, Emily Astarita led the Dartmouth attack with 14 kills. Kaira Lujan continued her strong play, registering a team-high hitting percentage of .316 with nine kills. Both Molly Kornfeind and senior co-captain Elisa Scudder had eight kills for the Green and Whit while Stacey Benton had a match-best 41 assists.

The Big Green return to action on Friday, Oct. 25, hosting Harvard in conference play at 5 p.m. Dartmouth looks to avenge an early season 3-0 defeat to the Crimson.