ITHACA, N.Y. – The Dartmouth volleyball team dropped its final road match of 2016 to Cornell, 3-0 (19-25, 21-25, 17-25) on Saturday evening.
The Big Green are now 8-15 overall and 1-11 in Ivy League play, while the Big Red improved to 11-11 and 5-7.
"We struggled to pass the ball and gave too many runs to be able to stay competitive throughout the match," head coach Gilad Doron said. "Now we have a week to prepare for our last two home matches to show we can play better."
Freshman Abby Kott led the team with seven kills and a .583 hitting percentage, which was better than anyone on Cornell’s team. Sophomore Zoe Leonard had 16 assists and senior Emily Astarita led with 10 digs.
Although an Astarita kill gave Dartmouth the first point, Cornell took control of the first set from the start and did not give up that lead for the entire set, although the visitor put pressure on it at times. With the Big Red sporting a 23-16 edge, a kill put them at match point, but their own errors allowed the Big Green to get three points closer to make it 24-19. Before Dartmouth could get any closer, however, a kill ended the set (25-19).
The Big Green started off well in the second set. With the score tied at three-all, Dartmouth went on a 5-0 run following two Red errors and a kill each by senior Kaira Lujan, junior Sara Lindquist and Kott to make it 8-3. Cornell turned it around by taking 14 of the next 16 points to make it 17-10, but Dartmouth slowly started to chip away at the lead, going on an 9-3 run of its own to get within one (20-19). The Big Red started to pull away and, even though the Big Green got two points closer, the set ended soon after (25-21).
As it did to start the first two sets, Dartmouth won the first point, this time off a Lindquist kill. The teams traded points for a while until four straight solidified Cornell’s lead (9-4). In the middle of the set, after the Big Red had increased their lead, three points in a row put the Big Green within four following a Cornell error, a Lujan kill and an ace by freshman Maddy Schoenberger (16-12). After the Red got to match point, Astarita added one more kill before the set ended (25-17).
Next Friday and Saturday, Dartmouth will host its final matches of the season, taking on Brown on Friday before hosting Yale on Senior Night. The Big Green’s eight seniors will be honored before the match on Saturday.