Friday, Nov. 15: Dartmouth (10-14, 3-9 Ivy League) at Cornell (7-15, 3-9 Ivy League)
Location: Ithaca, N.Y. (Newman Arena)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: 13-30, Cornell, last meeting 10/12/13 (Dartmouth win)
Saturday, Nov. 16: Dartmouth at Columbia (5-16, 3-9 Ivy League)
Location: New York, N.Y. (Levien Gym)
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Series Record: 18-16, Dartmouth, last meeting 10/11/13 (Columbia win)
Last week, the Dartmouth women’s volleyball team took to the court twice, facing Penn and Princeton in Leede Arena to wrap up a five-game home stand. The team from the Upper Valley lost back-to-back home games for the second time this season. Dartmouth has now dropped four straight Ivy matches since topping Harvard at home on Oct. 25. The Quakers completed a season sweep of the Big Green taking the opener in four. In the finale against Princeton, Dartmouth fell in five.
This weekend, head coach Erin Lindsey’s squad concludes the regular season with a trip to the Empire State, squaring off with Cornell and Columbia in Ancient Eight play. On the road in 2013 the Green and White are 1-6 overall and 1-4 in league tilts.
The game with the Big Red is set for Friday at 7 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to continue its strong play in Ithaca, having won two of the last three matchups inside Newman Arena. Something’s got to give in this game as both teams have lost four in a row.
On Saturday, the Green square off with the Lions at 5 p.m. Dating back to 2009, Columbia has won six straight against Dartmouth. The Big Green are looking to avenge a five-set loss earlier this season to Columbia. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, Dartmouth surrendered the last three sets to the Lions in heartbreaking fashion.
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. The team’s lone Ivy win a year ago came in five sets as well.
Block Party – Through 24 games this season, senior co-captain Elisa Scudder ranks second in the Ivy League in blocks per set (1.06). Last weekend, Scudder registered 4 total blocks (2-solo, 2-assist) to give her 90 for the year. The Ashburn, Va., native sits alone atop the program’s all-time blocks record list with 313. 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.
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. Two weeks ago, 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 third amongst the Ivies averaging 15.70 digs per set. Thus far in 2013, the squad has amassed 1,476 digs. Caridi leads the team with 254, while Holly Harper has 222 and Julia Lau has 203. Harper ranks eighth in the Ancient Eight with 3.22 digs per set.
Killer Power – As a team, the Big Green have 1,162 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 230, Astarita with 209, Scudder with 185 and Kornfeind with 168. Scudder also leads the Ivy League in attack percentage, hitting at a .345 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 Big Red – Since opening Ivy League play 2-0 Cornell has struggled, dropping nine of their last 10. The Big Red have lost four straight and haven’t won at home since the beginning of October. Breanna Wong leads the team with 301 kills while Alex Caldwell has a team-best 842 assists and Natasha Rowland has 464 digs.
Scouting the Lions – After splitting the first six conference matches, Columbia has lost six straight Ivy League contests. During that time, the Lions have been shutout three times (each of their last three). Two of Columbia’s three league wins have come at home with the other being in Hanover earlier versus the Big Green. Bailey Springer has a team-high 266 kills while Jennifer Petrovich leads with 621 assists. Molly Winger paces the team on the defensive end with a team-best 285 digs.
Up Next – This weekend marks the final two regular season games for the Big Green in 2013.