HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth volleyball kicked off Homecoming weekend with an afternoon match against Princeton on Friday, falling to the Tigers, 3-0 (15-25, 21-25, 16-25) at Leede Arena.
The Big Green fell to 8-12 overall and 1-8 in Ivy League play, while the visitors improved to 15-3 and remain perfect in the conference with a 9-0 mark.
“We lost to a better team today,” head coach Gilad Doron said. “It’s disappointing but I didn’t think we competed as well as we could have, except for a few points in the second set and early in the third. It was good to see some of our players step it up, but to beat a team that is probably going to be Ivy champion, we have to have all of our players on the same page and playing our best, and that wasn’t the case for us today. But we can turn it around and have a better game tomorrow.”
Sophomore Zoe Leonard had a double-double – her fifth in a row – with 14 assists and 11 digs, while junior Sara Lindquist led the team with a .375 hitting percentage and had six kills to go along with it.
The teams were evenly matched in the beginning of the first set, going back and forth and tying four times before the seventh point. Princeton went on a six-point run to grab a definitive lead that was hard for Dartmouth to come back from (13-7). A 3-1 run for the Big Green following kills by seniors Emily Astarita and Kaira Lujan and a pair of Tiger errors put the home team within five (20-25), but five straight on the other side of the net gave set one to Princeton (25-15).
Although eight of the first 10 points of the second set went to the Tigers, four consecutive points off a kill by senior Danielle Glinka and three back-to-back Princeton errors put the Big Green just two behind Princeton (8-6). Dartmouth remained close for the entire set and, when the Tigers got to match point, the Big Green kept pushing and got one point closer off, but an error by Dartmouth put Princeton ahead, 2-0 (25-21).
The first two points of the third were Tiger kills, but from there, the Big Green went on a 6-1 run courtesy of three kills by Lindquist, two Princeton errors and a kill by freshman Carly Tower to lead the Tigers for the first time (6-3). Six consecutive Princeton points right after, however, gave the lead back to the visitors (9-6). The Big Green caught back up, getting within one off two Tiger errors and an ace by Glinka (11-10), but that was as close as they would get. Dartmouth fought to get within four (20-16), but a five-point Princeton run at the end wrapped up the match (25-16).
The Big Green return to action on Saturday with a 5 p.m. match against Penn.