NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Dartmouth volleyball played very well in the first and third sets, but fell to Yale, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-23) in its final road match of the season on Saturday. The Big Green dipped to 8-13 overall and 4-8 in Ivy League play, while the Bulldogs improved to 15-6 and 9-3.
Freshman Mallen Bischoff led in kills for the second night in a row, ending up with nine, while sophomore Tori Dozier had her second double-double of the weekend with 20 assists and 15 digs. Classmate Carly Tower played great, recording eight kills and a .438 hitting percentage.
“I thought we fought hard and stayed committed to our game plan throughout the match,” head coach Gilad Doron said. “I felt we got stronger as the match went on and this is a good sign for our team growth to know we can build on trusting each other.”
Although Yale got off to a 3-0 start in the first set, Dartmouth closed the gap and stayed right up there with the Bulldogs for the majority of the set. A 6-0 run following a kill by Bischoff and five Yale errors gave the Big Green a 7-5 advantage. Six ties later and with the score at 18-18, the Bulldogs turned up the aggression, winning seven of the next 10 points to take the set (25-21).
A great start to the second set gave Yale a 7-0 advantage, but three in a row – including a key kill by junior Samantha Bozoian – got Dartmouth back in the game (7-3). The Bulldogs continued with their strong set until they had a 20-12 edge, which was when three in a row for the Big Green got them within five (20-15). A 5-2 Yale run ended set two (25-17).
Two Bulldog errors and a kill by Tower gave Dartmouth a 3-0 advantage to start the third set, and even after Yale got its first point, kills by Dozier and Tower made it a 6-2 set. Four straight by the Bulldogs tied the score, but three kills by senior Sara Lindquist, freshman Tola Akinwumi and Bozoian put the Big Green back up (9-6). After Dartmouth got as far as seven points ahead (17-10), a burst of energy gave the lead to Yale (19-18). Four ties later and with the score at 23-23, two Bulldog kills gave the third set and the match to Yale (25-23).
Dartmouth will end the 2017 season by hosting Penn and Princeton next weekend. The Big Green’s two seniors, Lindquist and Morgan Dressel, will be recognized prior to the match against the Tigers.