The Dartmouth volleyball team will play its final road matches of 2016 this weekend, heading to New York to face Columbia on Friday and Cornell on Saturday. Both matches will be on the Ivy League Digital Network, while the one against Columbia can also be viewed on ESPN3. The Big Green will have just one more weekend of competition before the season comes to a close.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth hosted a pair of matches this past weekend, falling to undefeated Princeton, 3-0 (15-25, 21-25, 16-25) before taking it to five sets against Penn the next day (23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 13-15).
The second set was the Big Green’s closest, as they fell by just four points. After Princeton got to set point, Dartmouth kept pushing to get one point closer, but a Green error ended the set and gave it to Princeton.
The next day against Penn, four players ended the match with double-doubles: Danielle Glinka (21 digs, 11 kills), Emily Astarita (24 digs, 15 kills), Leonard (21 digs, 35 assists) and Maddy Schoenberger (14 digs, 19 assists).
The match versus the Quakers was a lot closer than the night before and, after dropping the first two sets, Dartmouth came back to win the next two to send the match to a fifth set. After trading points the whole set, Penn won the match by just two points.
The Lions enter the weekend with an overall record of 11-9 and a 6-4 mark in Ivy League play, which puts them in third behind Princeton (10-0) and Yale (8-2). Since starting conference play on a three-match winning streak, Columbia has gone 4-4, alternating between one win and one loss for the past four weeks. Most recently, the Lions had a 3-0 defeat of Brown on Friday before falling to Yale, 3-1, the following day.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE LIONS
On Oct. 15, Dartmouth fell to Columbia, 3-1 (30-28, 25-27, 22-25, 17-25) at Leede Arena. Astarita and Leonard had double-doubles, with Astarita getting 13 kills and 19 digs and Leonard ending the match with 11 digs and 22 assists. Carly Tower made a splash in her first multi-set performance, ending up with seven kills, 22 total attacks and five block assists.
The Big Red are currently 10-10 and 4-6 in the league, which puts them tied for fifth with Harvard in the standings. Cornell had a 1-1 weekend, falling to Yale, 3-1, on Friday before rebounding to beat Brown by the same score on Saturday.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE BIG RED
On Oct. 14, Dartmouth fought hard to defeat Cornell, 3-2 (20-25, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 15-13) at home. The Big Green snapped a losing streak that spanned back to September and picked up their first Ivy League victory. Astarita earned her 1,000th career kill early in the first set, becoming just the sixth Dartmouth player in program history to reach the milestone. She concluded the match with a double-double (19 kills, 18 digs), while Leonard also had a double-double with a team-leading 31 assists and 12 digs.
IN THE CONFERENCE
Here is how Dartmouth is ranked against its Ancient Eight opponents:
Opponent hitting percentage – 2nd (.171)
Blocks – 2nd (158.0)
Blocks/Set – 4th (2.05)
Service Aces – 3rd (106)
Service Aces/Set – 3rd (1.38)
Digs – 2nd (1260)
Digs/Set – 2nd (16.36)
Individually, the Big Green have a handful of players near the top in a number of categories:
Kills – Astarita, 3rd (223)
Service Aces/Set – Cox, 5th (0.34)
Total Blocks – Lujan, 2nd (75.0)
Blocks/Set – Lujan, 4th (1.04)
Digs – Glinka, 8th (354)
Digs/Set – Glinka, 8th (3.26)
Live stats will be available on DartmouthSports.com. Those who subscribe to the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) can also watch the matches online. For updates on the team, follow Dartmouth’s new official twitter: @DartmouthVBall.
NEXT UP FOR THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth will host Brown and Yale next Friday and Saturday to close the 2016 season. The Big Green’s eight seniors will be honored before Saturday’s match as they play at Leede Arena for the last time.