DURHAM, N.H. – The Dartmouth volleyball team went 1-1 on the final day of the Holly Young Invitational, defeating Siena, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-18) before falling to host UNH by the same score (19-25, 23-25, 25-17) later that day. The Big Green have an overall record of 4-5.
At the conclusion of the tournament, senior Sara Lindquist was named all-tournament.
"We didn't play our best tonight," head coach Gilad Doron said after the UNH match. "We struggled offensively and defensively. We have a week to get back to the basics and get better for Ivy play."
Dartmouth vs. Siena
Freshman Mallen Bischoff got her first collegiate double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs, leading the team in both categories, while classmate Tori Dozier had 18 assists. Sophomore Abby Kott and freshman Leeza Poselski both had a .500 hitting percentage.
The Saints controlled the early parts of the first set, jumping out to an 8-2 lead. Although the Big Green closed the gap numerous times, Siena managed to pull away. With Dartmouth trailing 22-19, five straight points from two aces by freshman Lauren Douglas, two Bischoff kills and a pair of Saint errors gave the come-from-behind victory to the Green (25-22).
Dartmouth had a 6-1 run to start the second thanks to plenty of Siena errors, but the Saints started to chip away at that lead as the match progressed and soon, were sitting within two points (16-14). Kills by Lindquist and sophomore Carly Tower and a pair of Siena errors put Dartmouth up, 21-17. The Big Green allowed just one more point on the other side of the net while scoring four of their own to make it 2-0 (25-18).
There were just two ties in the third set before Dartmouth started to pull ahead. With things all tied at 10-all, a 10-1 run following kills by Bischoff, Kott (3), Poselski (2) and Tower put the Big Green comfortable ahead (20-11). The Saints got within six points (24-18), but one more Siena error ended the match (25-18).
Dartmouth vs. UNH
Dozier had a double-double with her 23 assists and 10 digs, ending up with a .500 hitting percentage, while Lindquist had nine kills and sophomore Maddy Schoenberger led the team with 11 digs.
Poselski’s kill gave the first point to the Big Green, but the next six points went to the home team and soon, the Wildcats had a 7-2 advantage. Thanks to a 6-1 Dartmouth run, the score was tied at 8-8, but another six straight by UNH made it a 14-8 set. The Big Green remained close, but the Wildcats took set one (25-19).
The teams traded points to start the second set until they were tied at 6-all, but after taking four of the next five points, Dartmouth had an 11-8 edge. After that, there were nine ties, the last of which occurred at 23-all. The Wildcats got the final two points they needed to win their second set of the night (25-23).
The Big Green led from the beginning of the third set and soon had a 7-4 advantage. Four ties later, UNH started to pull away thanks to a 7-2 run (23-17). Freshman Olympia Nagel-Caland added one more kill before the Wildcats scored two more points to win the match (25-17).
Dartmouth will open Ivy League play next Friday, Sept. 22 in Cambridge with a 7 p.m. match against Harvard.