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Women's Volleyball Drops Ivy League Contest to Brown

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By John and Matt Risley
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HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s volleyball team dropped its second match in a row, falling to Brown, 3-0, on Saturday in Ivy League action inside Leede Arena. The game was closer than the score indicated as the Bears topped the Big Green, 25-23, 26-24, 28-26.

Dartmouth (10-12, 3-7 Ivy) played strong in the beginning of each set, getting to 20 points first in all three games. The Big Green would struggle to close out Brown (9-12, 5-5 Ivy) as the Bears held their ground late, rallying to claim all three.

In the first set, the Ancient Eight rivals would trade the first 34 points. With the score tied at 17, Dartmouth would go on 3-0 run thanks to kills from Paige Caridi and Emily Astartia sandwiched around a Bears attack error. Down the stretch, Brown would score eight of the final 11 points to take a 1-0 lead.

Once again, the teams traded the first 34 points in the second set. Dartmouth scored three of the next four points thanks to a pair of kills from Kaira Lujan and an attack error by Brown. Trailing 20-18, Brown would go on a 3-0 run to take the wind out of Dartmouth’s sails and take the lead. The teams would trade points and with the set knotted at 24 Brown’s Shannon Frost registered back-to-back kills to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.

It was more of the same in third set as the Big Green and Brown swapped the first 34 points. Again Dartmouth would take a 20-17 lead and again the Bears would rally. Down the stretch, Dartmouth twice broke match point with sideouts, but Brown ended the match with a pair of Frost kills.

The two teams played a tight match as Brown produced 51 kills to Dartmouth’s 44. The Bears registered 47 digs and eight team blocks to the Green and White’s 49 digs and six blocks.

Offensively, Elisa Scudder paced the attack for the team from the Upper Valley, registering a match-high 14 kills. Lujan was the other member of the team to produce double digit kills with 10 and an attack percentage of .500. Caridi added eight kills and Astarita added nine. Freshman Stacey Benton had another strong game dishing out a match-best 37 assists.

Dartmouth returns to the court next weekend, Nov. 8-9, wrapping up a five-game home stand as they play host to Penn and Princeton in Ivy League play. The game with the Quakers is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and the tilt with Tigers gets underway Saturday at 4 p.m. During the Princeton match, The Big Green will honor senior co-captain Elisa Scudder in her final home game as a member of the team.