Weekend Preview

Friday, Oct. 11: Dartmouth (7-8, 0-3 Ivy League) vs. Columbia (3-9, 1-2 Ivy League)
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: 18-15, Dartmouth, last meeting 11/3/12 (Columbia win)

Saturday, Oct. 12: Dartmouth vs. Cornell (5-7, 2-1 Ivy League)
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Series Record: 12-30, Cornell, last meeting 11/2/12 (Cornell win)

Last week, the Dartmouth women’s volleyball team hit the road for its first full Ivy League weekend of action traveling to Brown and Yale. The Big Green fell to the Bears in five sets, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to force a decisive game.  On Saturday, the Green and White fell to defending Ancient Eight Champion Yale, 3-0.

This weekend, the team returns to Leede Arena for their first Ivy League home weekend of the season.  Dartmouth welcomes in Columbia on Friday at 7 p.m. The team will be hosting a pizza night for their fans in between sets two and three in the match versus the Lions. On Saturday, the Big Green square off with Cornell at 5 p.m. Head coach Erin Lindsey’s squad looks to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Big Red a year ago in the Upper Valley.

The Big Green look to put an end to their five-game losing streak this weekend in front of their home crowd. That’s not the only streak the squad is trying to end as Columbia has won six straight against Dartmouth and Cornell swept the Green and White last season. However, before the sweep at the hands of the Big Red, Dartmouth had won five consecutive matches in the series.

Big Green Tidbits

Rank and File – For the first time in program history, Dartmouth’s incoming class received national recognition. The eight freshmen were ranked in the top 100 by PrepVolleyball.com. The premier prep-site listed the Big Green as one of 44 institutions from across the nation to receive a spot on the “High Honorable Mention” list.

Block Party – Through the first half of the season, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder leads the Ivy League in blocks per set (1.29). Last weekend at Yale, Scudder set the program’s all-time block record with a solo block in the second set. Her 58th block of the year gave her 281 for her career passing Danra Kazenski '99 to sit atop the record books after tying Kazenski with one solo block and two block assists the previous night versus Brown.

On a Roll – During two of her first five weeks of collegiate action, freshman Molly Kornfeind has been named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll. To date, Kornfeind has 103 kills and 67 digs for the Big Green. The Pacific Palisades, Calif., native is averaging 2.40 kills per set.

Can You Dig It? – Dartmouth led the conference with 16.04 digs per set. Through the first 15 games of the season the squad has amassed 866 digs. Holly Harper leads the team with 175, while Paige Caridi has 152 and Stacey Benton has 92.

Killer Power – As a team, the Big Green have 662 kills for an average of 12.26 kills per set. Leading the attack is Caridi with 116, Kornfeind with 103 and Scudder with 93. Scudder also ranks third in the Ivy League in attack percentage, hitting at a .328 clip.

New Faces – Dartmouth head coach Erin Lindsey added Dee Smith to the coaching staff in the offseason as she joins Jose Lugo on the sidelines. The eight freshmen also look to make an impact during their first year with the Big Green.

Weekly Honors – After not having any players honored by the league office with weekly accolades in 2012, the Big Green have had a pair of student-athletes recognized for their strong play on the court this season. Freshman Emily Astarita was named the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week on Sept. 24 and Caridi was named Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 17.

Scouting the Lions – After starting the season 0-4, Columbia has found their groove going 3-5 since.  Last weekend, the Lions picked up their first Ivy win of the year, topping Penn, 3-2. Columbia has a potent attack as Bailey Springer  (3.34) and Lanti Moye-Mclaren (3.11) rank second and third in the league in kills per set and Jennifer Petrovich is second in assists with 415.  Springer and Moye-Mclaren have 147 and 146 kills, respectively for Columbia.  Molly Winger has a team-best 157 digs while Petrovich leads the squad with 8.14 assists per set.

Scouting the Big Red – It’s been an up and down start of the year for the Cornell volleyball team, having strung together back-to-back wins for the first time last week. The Big Red won their first two Ivy League contests, before falling in five to Penn last Saturday. The loss marked the second time in as many weeks the squad lost a 2-1 lead. Cara Mattaliano leads the team with 114 kills and ranks fourth in the conference in kills per set (3.08) while Natasha Rowland has a league-best 258 digs and Alyssa Phelps leads the conference with 451 assists.

Up Next – After the home weekend, Dartmouth travels to face Penn and Princeton in Ivy League action Oct. 11-12. The game with the Tigers is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and the tilt with the Quakers gets underway Saturday at 5 p.m.