PRINCETON, N.J. –Senior Sara Lindquist had 10 kills, freshman Tori Dozier recorded 30 assists and sophomore Carly Tower had six block assists in Dartmouth volleyball’s 3-1 loss to Princeton (26-24, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18) at Dillon Gymnasium Friday evening.
The Big Green dipped to 6-7 overall and 2-2 in Ivy League play, while the Tigers improved to 11-3 and 4-0.
“I thought we had a good game plan to start and when we executed, we gave ourselves chances to score,” head coach Gilad Doron said. “We didn’t serve well tonight and it eventually was the different between a win and a loss. I am proud of our continued growth each week and now, we have to shift our focus to another battle at Penn tomorrow.”
Princeton jumped ahead at the beginning of the first set and soon had a 7-2 advantage. Dartmouth started to chip away at that lead and, following kills by Dozier and classmate Olympia Nagel-Caland, the score was tied at 15-15. The Tigers pulled a few points away, but the Big Green countered, tying the score four more times (24-24). Lindquist put Dartmouth at set point with her kill and, after one more Princeton error, the come-from-behind victory went to the visitors (26-24).
An ace by Nagel-Caland and kills by Tower and freshman Elise Petit gave the Green the upper hand in the early stages of the second set (3-1), but after tying the score twice, the Tigers stole the lead (7-5). Four ties later, Princeton went on a six-point run to make it a 16-11 set. As the Tigers got further ahead, the Big Green capitalized on a handful of the home team’s errors to pull within four (23-19), but two more points made it a 1-1 match (25-19).
Princeton took control of the third set and soon had a 12-5 advantage. Dartmouth started to work its way back and, thanks to a Tiger error and kills by freshman Tola Akinwumi and Lindquist, made it a six-point set (18-12). The Big Green got two points closer from a pair of Princeton errors (20-14), but five straight Tiger points ended set three (25-14).
An early run put Princeton ahead, 10-4, but Dartmouth started to, once again, break away at that lead. Three straight points off an Akinwumi kill, an ace by classmate Lauren Douglas and a Tiger error made it a three-point set (10-7). Princeton pulled ahead once again, but Dartmouth managed to close the gap by a few points to get within five (22-17). Two more in a row put the Tigers at match point and, while Lindquist was able to get one more kill, a Princeton kill ended the match (25-18).
The Big Green will return to action on Saturday to take on Penn at 5 p.m.