HANOVER, N.H. – Strong from start to finish, the Dartmouth volleyball team defeated Penn in straight sets (25-14, 25-23, 27-25) at Leede Arena on Friday evening. The Big Green improved to 9-13 and 5-8 in Ivy League play, while the Quakers dipped to 12-10 and 7-6.
This is the first time that Dartmouth has had a victory over Penn since Oct. 7, 2006, when the Green walked away with a 3-0 win.
Freshman Mallen Bischoff played great, ending the night with 15 kills to lead both teams. She also had a .394 hitting percentage. Sophomore Tori Dozier had a double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs, and freshman Tola Akinwumi had three of the team’s eight block assists.
“I am so proud of our team’s all-around effort tonight, both on the net and the back row,” head coach Gilad Doron said. “I thought we played hard, smart, and together, and it was fun to see us embracing the challenge tonight. I hope tomorrow on senior night, we have the same mindset and can finish the season strong.”
Dartmouth had a great start to the match, jumping out to an 8-1 lead following four straight Penn errors and kills by junior Samantha Bozoian (2), Dozier and Bischoff. The Quakers got their first three points all in row, after which the Big Green had a 6-0 run – four of those points coming from Penn errors – to get ahead by 12 points (15-3). The Quakers started to catch up at the end and cut Dartmouth’s lead to nine (22-13), but two Penn errors and an ace by junior Zoe Leonard gave set one to the Green (25-14).
Set two was similar and kills by Bozoian, Bischoff and sophomore Carly Tower, and another ace by Leonard saw Dartmouth start off with a 6-2 lead. Unlike the first set, Penn sorted itself out sooner and got within one (10-9), but the Big Green soon had a five-point lead, thanks to some Quaker errors (17-12). With the set so close to being done, a 3-0 Penn run made things a whole lot closer (23-22). A Tower kill got Dartmouth to set point, but the Quakers got another point to stay within one (24-23). One more bill by Bischoff made it a 2-0 match.
The third set was very close and started in Penn’s favor, but Dartmouth soon closed the gap. The teams were neck-and-neck for the entirety of the set, tying the score nine times. The Quakers made it to set point (24-23), but a pair of errors put Dartmouth up by one (25-24). Penn tied things up right away, but two more errors gave the set and the match to the Big Green (27-25).