HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth volleyball fought hard to remain close, but ultimately dropped its match to Harvard, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23) at Leede Arena on Friday evening.
The Big Green dipped to 7-10 overall and 3-5 in Ivy League play, while the Crimson improved to 11-6 and 6-2.
Junior Samantha Bozoian and freshman Elise Petit were first on the team with nine kills each, while classmate Lauren Douglas had 16 digs and fellow freshman Tori Dozier led with 29 assists. Senior Morgan Dressel played well, ending up with three block assists and four kills.
"I thought we battled hard through the match and each team had its run," head coach Gilad Doron said. "We just ended short at the end of each game. We will have to look at what we can do better next weekend on the road, but I felt we competed and played better this weekend than last weekend. We have to give credit to Harvard tonight. We didn't have an answer for their outside hitter Grace Burbank, who was the big difference."
There were nine ties to start the first set, with neither team getting more than one or two points ahead before the other closed the gap. With the score at 11-11, Harvard started to pull away, getting as far as four points ahead (20-16) before Dartmouth started to make its way back, cutting that lead to one following kills by sophomore Carly Tower, Bozoian and Dressel and some timely Crimson errors (24-23), but Harvard ended it before Dartmouth could force extra points (25-23).
The second was another one close one, with eight ties in all. After trailing the Crimson by one, the Big Green scored three in a row off kills by Dozier and senior Sara Lindquist to take a 12-10 lead. For the next few points, Harvard would tie the score, but Dartmouth would get away, until the Crimson found their stride, catching up and taking the lead. Lindquist had a number of nice kills, but Harvard shut the set down with a kill of its own (25-22).
The Big Green started the third set with a 7-1 lead thanks to three kills by Bozoian, one by Dressel, and an ace apiece by junior Zoe Leonard and Douglas. The Crimson slowly worked their way back until the score was tied at 17-17. After Harvard pulled ahead by three, a trio of Dartmouth points following three straight Crimson errors tied the score (22-22). The visitors made it to match point (24-22), but another error made it a one-point set. One more Harvard kill ended the night.
The Big Green will be on the road for four straight, starting with Cornell and Columbia next weekend.