HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth volleyball team ended its weekend with a 2-0 record following an exciting 3-1 victory over Cornell on Saturday (25-27, 29-27, 25-15, 25-17). The Big Green improved to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in Ivy League play, while the Big Red fell to 5-7 and 1-2.
Freshman transfer Tori Dozier had her sixth double-double of the season with 31 assists and 14 digs, while sophomore Carly Tower and freshman Tola Akinwumi were tied for first on the team with five block assists apiece. Freshman Olympia Nagel-Caland and sophomore Corinne Cox both had three service aces.
“It’s great to have a perfect weekend at home to start our Ivy homestand,” head coach Gilad Doron said. “We saw a lot of growth against a very tough Cornell team. We gave up game one and were behind in game two, but it’s fun to see us battling and making some tough plays. We got stronger as the game progressed. Overall, our team’s defense and spirit and attitude were great and we overcame some challenging moments, and that’s what we’re looking for. Hopefully, we’re hungry to win on the road next weekend.”
Dartmouth jumped out to 5-0 lead following kills by senior Sara Lindquist (2) and Akinwumi, two aces by Cox and a Cornell error, but the visitors chipped away at that advantage until the Big Green were leading by just one (8-7). Dartmouth went on a 9-3 run after that to make it a 17-10 set, but Cornell, once again, fought back to get within two (18-16). The teams traded points until the score was tied at 24-all and, after one more tie, the Big Red scored twice more to win the set (27-25).
After the visitors went to extra points in the first set, it was only fair for the Big Green to do the same in the second. Cornell controlled the majority of the set, getting as far as six points ahead (18-12), until Dartmouth came alive at the end. Trailing, 21-19, the Big Green tied the score six times and saved three set points to remain in the game. Tied at 27-27, freshman Elise Petit got a kill to pull the Green ahead (28-27) and a Big Red error tied things at one set apiece (29-27). Petit had a great second set, recording four kills in the final few points of the set and breaking the tie twice.
Dartmouth easily handled Cornell in the third set. There were three ties at the very beginning, but the Big Green soon pulled away. Leading, 13-9, a host of Big Red errors and a kill by Nagel-Caland put Dartmouth up by five (15-10). The teams traded points, but the Green never allowed the visitors to get any closer. A two-point run at the end of the set follow kills by Petit and Nagel-Caland made it a 2-1 match (25-15).
The fourth set was close in the beginning, but a few multi-point runs put Dartmouth ahead. Leading, 16-12, two Red errors, an ace and a kill by Nagel-Caland, and a kill by Akinwumi made it a 20-12 set. Cornell managed to get a few points closer, but one final error gave the win to the Big Green (25-17).
Next weekend, Dartmouth will face Princeton and Penn on the road.