Friday, Nov. 8: Dartmouth (10-12, 3-7 Ivy League) vs. Penn (12-9, 6-4 Ivy League)
Location: Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: 7-30, Penn, last meeting 10/19/13 (Penn win)
Saturday, Nov. 9: Dartmouth vs. Princeton (8-12, 4-6 Ivy League)
Location: Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Series Record: 7-30, Princeton, last meeting 10/18/13 (Dartmouth win)
Last week, the Dartmouth women’s volleyball team took to the court just twice, hosting defending conference champion Yale and Brown in Ivy League action. The team from the Upper Valley lost back-to-back home games for the first time this season. The Bears and Bulldogs completed season sweeps of the Big Green. In the opener versus Yale, the Big Green lost in four and in the finale against Brown, Dartmouth fell in three.
This weekend, head coach Erin Lindsey’s squad wraps up a five-game home stand, welcoming Penn and Princeton into Leede Arena in Ancient Eight play. At home in 2013 the Green and White are 7-6 overall and 2-3 in league tilts.
The game with the Quakers is set for Friday at 7 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to hand Penn its first Ivy League loss in two weeks. After starting the season 1-3 in conference action the team has won five of their last six matches. The lone set back came at home versus Harvard on October 18. Penn has owned the series of late, taking 14 straight versus the Big Green.
On Saturday, the Green square off with the Tigers at 4 p.m. The Green and White will honor seniors Elisa Scudder and Berkeley Hall following the tilt. Dartmouth looks to sweep the season series with Princeton for the first time in program history.
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.
Five-Set Triumphs – Each of Dartmouth’s conference wins in 2013 have come in five sets. Twice the Big Green have jumped out to 2-0 leads before holding off the competition by taking the decisive fifth set. Against Cornell on Oct. 12, Dartmouth rallied after dropping the first two sets to pick up the victory.
Block Party – Through 22 games this season, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder ranks second in the Ivy League in blocks per set (1.13). Last weekend, Scudder registered 10 total blocks (7-solo, 3-assist) to give her 86 for the year. The Ashburn, Va., native sits alone atop the program’s all-time blocks record list with 309. Her 58th block of the year, which came earlier in the season at Yale, gave her 281 for her career, passing Danra Kazenski '99. This year, Scudder has also set the program record for most blocks in a season.
On a Roll – During four of the eight weeks of conference action the Big Green have had a player named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll.
Weekly Honors – After not having any players honored by the league office with weekly accolades in 2012, the Big Green have had a trio of student-athletes recognized for their strong play on the court this season. Last week, freshman Emily Astarita was named the conference’s Co-Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. The other members of the team to be honored were freshman Molly Kornfeind as Rookie of the Week on Oct. 15 and sophomore Paige Caridi as Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 17.
Can You Dig It? – Dartmouth is second amongst the Ivies averaging 15.88 digs per set. Thus far in 2013, the squad has amassed 1,350 digs. Caridi leads the team with 235, while Holly Harper has 207 and Stacey Benton has 173. Harper ranks third in the Ancient Eight with 3.81 digs per set.
Killer Power – As a team, the Big Green have 1,051 kills for an average of 12.36 kills per set, which ranks sixth in the conference. Dartmouth ranks fourth in the league with a hitting percentage of .207. Leading the attack is Caridi with 195, Astarita with 180, Scudder with 161 and Kornfeind with 160. Scudder also ranks third in the Ivy League in attack percentage, hitting at a .341 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.
Scouting the Quakers – After a slow start in conference play, Penn has won four straight, sweeping back-to-back Ivy weekends at home. Away from the Palestra this year, the Quakers are 3-5 overall and 2-3 in league play. Kristen Etterbeek leads the team with 233 kills while Alex Caldwell has a team-best 545 assists and Dani Shepherd has 321 digs.
Scouting the Tigers – After a midseason five-game conference losing streak, Princeton won both of its matches last weekend. Entering last weekend, the Tigers had been shutout in back-to-back matches before taking six of the seven games against Columbia and Cornell. Kendall Peterkin has a team-high 253 kills while Lauren Miller leads with 635 assists. Sarah Daschbach paces the team on the defensive end with a team-best 278 digs.
Up Next – The Big Green wrap up the regular season next weekend, Nov. 15-16, traveling to the Empire State to face Cornell and Columbia. The game with the Big Red is set for Friday at 7 p.m. and the tilt with the Lions is Saturday at 5 p.m.