NEW YORK, N.Y. –Dartmouth volleyball dropped its penultimate road match of the 2016 season to Columbia, 3-0 (18-25, 23-25, 18-25), on Friday evening.
The Big Green fell to 8-14 overall and 1-10 in Ivy League play, while the Lions improved to 12-9 and 7-4.
"I thought we had a few moments where we played well, but we could not maintain our momentum in game one and had a few chances in game two, but just didn't make enough plays," head coach Gilad Doron said. "We will need to pass and serve better tomorow in order to have a chance at Cornell."
Junior Sara Lindquist led with seven kills, while senior Kaira Lujan had a .333 hitting percentage. Freshman Maddy Schoenberger and sophomore Zoe Leonard both had double-digit assists, as Schoenberger ended the night with 16 and Leonard had 15. Senior Danielle Glinka led with her 10 digs.
Columbia got the first two points of the first set, but Dartmouth held it there while it won four straight off a pair of kills by Lindquist, an ace by senior Emily Astarita and an error on the other side of the net to make it 4-2 in the Big Green’s favor. The visitors maintained a one- or two-point edge until a six-point run by the Lions gave the lead back to the home team (17-15). Columbia had an 8-3 run to end the first set (25-18).
Dartmouth started the second set well, winning the first point and staying ahead for the majority of the set. At one point, the Big Green was as far as four points ahead of the Lions (14-10), but Columbia slowly started to chip away at that lead. The first tied occurred at 19-all and there were three more ties, making it 22-22. The Lions got two more to make it set point (24-22), but a well-timed kill by freshman Carly Tower put a single point between the teams (24-23). After a timeout and a good rally, Columbia got its second win (25-23).
The Lions took control of the third set and soon had a 10-5 advantage. The Big Green slightly closed the gap with kills by Astarita and fellow senior Molly Kornfeind and an ace by Leonard to get within two (10-8). Columbia started to pull ahead, putting as many as eight points between it and Dartmouth (23-15). A kill by Lujan and a Lions error made it a 23-17 set and, after Columbia got to set point, the Big Green held the home team there while Glinka got a kill (24-18). A kill on the other side of the net ended the match (25-18).
The Big Green will close out the road portion of their season on Saturday with a 5 p.m. match at Cornell.