ITHACA, N.Y. – Freshman Mallen Bischoff had a career-high 18 kills and added 13 digs for her second double-double of the season in Dartmouth volleyball’s 3-1 loss to Columbia (25-23, 18-25, 20-25, 17-25) on Saturday evening.
The first set was incredibly close, as there were six ties before the eighth point. Dartmouth started to pull away and had its biggest lead (22-15) following four straight Columbia errors, but the Lions slowly closed the gap until the score was tied at 23-all. Two more Lion errors gave set one to the Big Green (25-23).
A kill by sophomore Allie Carey gave the first point of the second set to Dartmouth but, following four ties, a 4-1 Columbia run made it 9-6 in the home team’s favor. Senior Sarah Lindquist played well during the early parts of the set, recording four kills before the Green’s 10th point. Dartmouth got as close as three points behind (19-16) thanks to a kill by Tower, but set two went to Columbia after a 6-2 run (25-18).
Carey had another kill to start the third set, but after the Lions tied the score and pulled ahead, Columbia had a 6-2 advantage. A 7-3 Dartmouth run following kills by Tower and Bischoff, some Lion errors and an ace by sophomore Maddy Schoenberger tied the score at 9-9. Four ties later and the teams were still even, this time at 17-all. Columbia controlled the action at the end of the set, winning its second set in a row (25-20).
The Lions got off a to 4-0 lead to start the fourth set, but kills by freshman Elise Petit, junior Samantha Bozoian and Tower got the Big Green back in the game and trailing by one (6-5). Columbia got its lead back and soon had an 16-11 edge. A trip of kills by Bischoff pulled Dartmouth within four (20-16). The Lions allowed just one more point – a kill by Bischoff – before shutting down the match (25-17).
Next weekend, Dartmouth will play its final road matches of the season, taking on Brown Friday and Yale on Saturday.