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BERKELEY, Calif. – Sophomore transfer Tori Dozier had 12 assists and freshman Mallen Bischoff ended up with 10 digs in their first match in a green and white uniform, but the Dartmouth volleyball team fell, 3-0, to Cal in the first match of the Cal Classic Friday (25-14, 25-14, 25-7). 

The Big Green opened 2017 with an 0-1 mark, while the Bears improved to 3-1.

Senior Sara Lindquist led the team with four kills, while sophomores Allie Carey and Carly Tower had two block assists apiece.

The first point of the first set went to Dartmouth in the form of a kill by Carey, and after Cal had tied the score, the teams stayed within a few points of each other until a four-point Bear run gave the home team a 15-8 edge. Dartmouth got within five of its opponent following kills by Carey and Lindquist (16-11), but Cal pulled away to end the first set (25-14). 

For the second set in a row, the Big Green started off with the upper hand and, although the Bears made it 6-1 soon after, the visitors chipped away at the lead to get within three (9-6) following four Cal errors and kills by Lindquist and Bischoff. The Bears had a good run and were close to another victory (23-10), but were held there while Dartmouth got three points closer (23-13). Freshman Elise Petit got her first kill of the match before Cal made it 2-0 (25-14).

The Bears took control of the third set, but the Big Green fought back to slightly lessen the home team’s lead. Kills by Petit, Tower and sophomore Abby Kott, an ace by Petit and a trio of Cal errors put Dartmouth on the board, but a Bear run ended the match soon after (25-7). 

Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday with matches against Texas Tech (3:30 p.m.) and Eastern Washington (8 p.m.). Both matches are EDT.