After opening Ivy League play last weekend at Harvard, the Dartmouth volleyball team will play at home for the first time in over three weeks when it hosts Columbia and Cornell.
LAST TIME OUT
Led by freshmen Olympia Nagel-Caland with a career-best 12 kills, Tori Dozier and her 35 assists, and Lauren Douglas with 9 digs, Dartmouth played well, but fell to Harvard, 3-1 (12-25, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25) on the road.
Harvard controlled the first set right from the start, opening the match with a 3-0 advantage. Dartmouth got within two (6-4) following kills by Dozier and Nagel-Caland and a pair of errors on the other side of the net, but that would prove to be the closest the visitors would get, as a handful of multi-point runs gave the first set to the Crimson (25-12).
The Big Green returned for set two as a different team, winning the first point and staying comfortably ahead until the end of the set. Harvard made it interesting when it tied the score at 19-all, but that turned out to be the last point Dartmouth would allow. A trio of kills by Sara Lindquist, one by Dozier and two Crimson errors gave set two to the Green (25-19).
Dartmouth opened the third set with an ace by Corinne Cox and a kill by Elise Petit (2-0), but a large Harvard run put the home team in charge (7-2). Over the next few minutes, Nagel-Caland and Lindquist both had multiple kills and Maddy Schoenberger had an ace to help the Big Green get within one (13-12). A 4-1 Crimson run made it an 17-13 set, but a host of Harvard errors made it a close set (18-17). With Harvard at set point (24-22), a tip by Lindquist got Dartmouth one point closer, but a Crimson kill ended the set before it could go to extra points (25-23).
After barely winning the third set, Harvard came out strongly in the fourth, leading from the beginning (11-7). Dartmouth did not back down and was soon trailing by one (12-11). Harvard increased its lead (20-14), but errors worked in the visitors’ favor to get them within three (20-17). The Big Green got three points closer, but could not fully catch up before Harvard ended it (25-20).
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Nagel-Caland was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for her 12 kills, three digs, .346 hitting percentage and one block against Harvard. She is the Big Green’s first Rookie of the Week recipient since Emily Astarita ’17 shared the honor on Oct. 29, 2013.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Columbia enters the weekend with a record of 5-5 and 0-1 in conference action following a 3-1 loss to Cornell last weekend. The Lions’ match against the Big Red was a close one, as the first two sets both went to extra points.
LAST TIME AGAINST COLUMBIA
The Big Green went 0-2 against the Lions in 2016. On the road on Nov. 4, Dartmouth fell, 3-0 (18-25, 23-25, 18-25). Lindquist led with seven kills, while Kaira Lujan had a .333 hitting percentage. Both Schoenberger and Zoe Leonard had double-digit assists, as Schoenberger ended the night with 16 and Leonard had 15. Danielle Glinka led with her 10 digs.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell, too, has a record of 5-5, but has a leg up with its win over Columbia to open Ivy play. Prior to that win, the Big Red were on a two-match losing streak following a 3-1 loss to Stony Brook and a 3-0 defeat by Colgate.
LAST TIME AGAINST CORNELL
Dartmouth went 1-1 versus the Big Red last season, winning their home match by a score of 3-2 and dropping its second meeting, 3-0. Abby led the team with seven kills and a .583 hitting percentage, which was better than anyone on the other team. Leonard had 16 assists and Astarita had 10 digs.
IN THE CONFERENCE
Blocks/set – 1st (2.54)
Assists – Dozier, 4th (267)
Assists/set – Dozier, 5th (7.03)
Blocks – Tower, 2nd (45)
Blocks/set – Tower, 4th (1.18)
Digs/set – Douglas, 5th (3.50)
CAN’T BE THERE?
Live stats will be available on dartmouthsports.com. Those who subscribe to the Ivy League Network (ILN) can also watch the match online. For updates on the Big Green, follow the team on Twitter: @DartmouthVBall.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will hit the road next weekend, taking on Princeton and Penn.
* Cornell’s record before their match against Harvard on Friday