BERKELEY, Calif. – The Dartmouth volleyball team split its matches on the second day of the Cal Classic, falling to Texas Tech, 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-19) before defeating Eastern Washington, 3-2 (25-18, 15-25, 22-25, 25-15, 15-8) in a thrilling five-setter.
The Big Green are now 1-2 on the season.
"What a great team effort it was to pull out a five-set win over Eastern Washington," head coach Gilad Doron said. "We had a chance to learn about ourselves and each other a bit in our first weekend and it should motivate us to continue to improve and grow as a team."
Dartmouth vs. Texas Tech
Dozier stepped it up to end the match against the Red Raiders with 25 of the team's 28 assists. Kott had six kills and freshman Mallen Bischoff had 12 digs.
The teams started the first set very evenly, but a six-point run by the Red Raiders put the Big Green’s opponent ahead, 7-2. Four straight Dartmouth points off kills by Dozier and sophomore Carly Tower and two Tech errors allowed the Green to get within one (7-6) and, although the Red Raiders scored another four in a row, Dartmouth pulled within two points (11-9). Tech made it 18-9 and continued with a comfortable lead to take the first set (25-13).
The second and third sets were very close. Dartmouth and Tech traded points at the beginning but, soon, the Red Raiders had an 18-11 edge. The Big Green made it 18-15 following three errors and a kill by Bischoff and, following a 4-2 run, got within two points (22-20). Three straight points gave set two to Tech (25-20).
In the third set, Dartmouth got off to a 2-0 lead thanks to kills by Kott and Bischoff. A number of ties later and with the score at 14-14, the Red Raiders started to pull away (23-17). The Big Green got two points closer off two errors on the other side of the net, but Tech shut the match down soon after (25-19).
Dartmouth vs. Eastern Washington
In the second match of the day, senior Sara Lindquist led with nine kills, while Kott and freshman Leeza Poselski were right behind with eight apiece. Getting better and better with each match, Dozier had her first double-double of the season with 30 assists and 14 digs.
Eastern Washington took control of the early parts of the first set, but Dartmouth soon turned things around. After the Eagles tied the score at 13-all, five consecutive Big Green points off one kill by Lindquist, three by Poselski and an ace by sophomore Maddy Schoenberger put Dartmouth ahead (18-13). The Green allowed the Eagles to get four more points, but three Eastern errors gave Dartmouth the first set (25-18).
There were seven ties before the ninth point of the second set was scored, but the Eagles started to pull away after that. Dartmouth got within eight points of Eastern following a three-point run (22-14), but a 3-1 run by the opponent tied the score at one set apiece (25-15). The start of the third was another close one. Trailing, 5-4, Dartmouth pulled ahead after four Eagle errors (8-5), but Eastern slowly chipped away at that lead until they were behind by just one point (14-13). Whenever the Big Green would get one more point ahead, the Eagles would close the gap, tying the score twice before taking the lead (18-16). Four ties and a small Eastern run later (24-22), one more kill gave the Eagles the 2-1 lead (25-22).
Dartmouth led from start to finish of the fourth set, going on a 9-3 run to kick things off. Fast forward to the end of the set and the Big Green had a 23-12 edge. Although the Eagles scored three more points, two more for Dartmouth from a pair of errors by the opponent sent the match to a fifth set (25-15).
With the Green ahead, 6-5 in the deciding set, four points from kills by Dozier and freshman Elise Petit and an Eagles error made it 10-5 in Dartmouth’s favor. Eastern scored three in a row to get back within two points (10-8), but five straight points gave the Big Green their first win of the 2017 season.
Next weekend, the Green will host the Dartmouth Invitational, facing Sacred Heart, Iona and Syracuse over the course of two days.