HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth volleyball fell to Yale, 3-2 (18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-13) at Leede Arena on Senior Day Saturday. The Big Green – which overcame a 2-0 start to the match to force a fifth set – concluded the 2016 season with an overall record of 9-16 and 2-12 in Ivy League play, while the Bulldogs improved to 18-5 and 11-3.
Freshman Maddy Schoenberger ended the night with a double-double, recording 13 assists and 12 digs. Senior Emily Astarita had 11 kills, while classmate Molly Kornfeind was right behind with 10. Fellow senior Julia Lau had a season-high 23 digs.
“I thought this was a good weekend for us and I’m glad we finished strong,” head coach Gilad Doron said. “The team showed heart. The seniors gave it their best effort and helped us have a pretty exciting match tonight. We will miss them, but I know that we have a good, young group that now knows what they’re up against and hopefully, we will come up stronger next year. Overall, I really appreciate our seniors for buying in for my first year. We thank them for their effort and wish them the best.”
The start of the first set was close; Dartmouth won the first two points off an ace by senior Danielle Glinka and an error by the Bulldogs, and, after that, there were four ties before the sixth point. The visitors took control of the set from there, never relinquishing the lead from that point. The Big Green got within two (14-12) following a pair of Yale errors, but that was the closest they would get. The Bulldogs got to set point, but a kill and an ace by freshman Abby Kott held them there for two points. Yale soon got its last one off a kill (25-18).
After trailing, 7-4, to start the second, Dartmouth turned things around by getting the next eight points in a row off seven Yale errors and an ace by sophomore Sierra Lyle (12-7). As the set got closer to the end, the Bulldogs tied the score twice, but the Big Green remained narrowly ahead (18-17). Six in a row gave Yale a 23-18 edge and, while Dartmouth added two more from a Bulldog error and a kill by junior Sara Lindquist, the second set went to Yale following one more kill (25-20).
Kornfeind won the first point off a kill, starting the third set off on the right foot. Dartmouth remained ahead for the majority of the set, though Yale did not make it easy. Following a Kott kill, the Big Green sported a 22-20 lead, but three straight on the other side of the net made it a one-point set in the Bulldogs’ favor (23-22). A kill by Astarita and two Yale errors gave Dartmouth its first win of the night (25-23).
The home team easily won the fourth set (25-13). With the score tied at 6-6, six in a row off two Yale errors and kills by Glinka, Lindquist, Kornfeind and Kott made it 12-6. The Bulldogs got within three to make it 14-11, but an 11-2 run by the Big Green shut the set down very quickly, giving Dartmouth its second win of the night and sending the match to a fifth set.
The fifth was an incredibly close one. Yale sat a point or two ahead of Dartmouth throughout the early stages, but a three-point run by the Green thanks to kill by Glinka and Astarita and a Yale error tied the score (8-8). There were four more ties, the last occurring at 12-12. The Bulldogs got to match point (14-12) and, while a Glinka kill made it a one-point set, a Yale kill ended the match (15-13).