ITHACA, N.Y. – In its first of four straight road games, the Dartmouth volleyball team fell to Cornell, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-12) on Friday evening.
The Big Green are now 7-11 overall and 3-6 in Ivy League play, while the Big Red improved to 9-9 and 5-4.
The teams traded points at the start of the first set until Cornell pulled ahead by two, but the Big Red did not have that lead for long, as a 3-1 Big Green running follow a kill by freshman Elise Petit and three errors on the other side of the net tied the score at 6-6. There were two more ties, the last of which was at 9-all, before the home team got away. Three straight off two Cornell errors and a kill by sophomore Carly Tower got Dartmouth within six (21-15), but four in a row gave the first set to the Big Red (25-15).
The Big Green kept it closer at the beginning of the second set, tying the score six times. Cornell got its biggest lead (14-11), but a kill by Bischoff and a Big Red error pulled Dartmouth within two (15-13). A 10-5 Cornell run – which included kills by Bischoff and Petit for Dartmouth – made it 2-0 (25-19).
The Big Red had a good start to the third set and, following a five-point run, had a 17-6 advantage. Dartmouth capitalized on Cornell errors to find its way back into the set, but a pair of Green errors ended the match (25-12).
Dartmouth will take on Columbia at 5 p.m. on Saturday.