HANOVER, N.H. – Senior Sara Lindquist had a season-high 13 kills, while freshman Lauren Douglas ended up with a career-high 18 digs in Dartmouth volleyball’s 3-1 loss to Syracuse (25-22, 14-25, 21-25, 17-25) on day one of the Green’s home tournament Friday evening.
The Big Green are now 1-3 on the season, while the Orange improved to 4-4.
“I thought we competed hard,” head coach Gilad Doron said, “but we are still making too many unforced errors that we have to clean up for tomorrow and for the rest of the season. I thought after game one, we became more tentative with our serves, which allowed Syracuse to run more efficient offense. But, overall, there are a lot of positive things we can take from this game and build on for the season.”
Dartmouth came out aggressively in the opening set, winning the first three points off a kill by sophomore Abby Kott, a Syracuse error and an ace by freshman Mallen Bischoff. The Orange tied things up at 10-all, but a huge kill by Lindquist put Dartmouth ahead once again and was followed by three Syracuse errors to give the home team a 14-10 edge. Ahead, 23-21, a kill by freshman Leeza Poselski put the Green at set point and, after a kill on the other side of the net, a Bischoff kill shut the set down (25-22).
Set two was controlled by the Orange from the first two points. Dartmouth pulled within five points early on (10-5), but a handful of runs solidified Syracuse’s lead. Trailing, 22-10, the Big Green came alive, scoring four of the next seven points, but a final Orange kill tied things at 1-1 (25-14).
The third set was a very close one that saw the teams tie nine times. Although Syracuse got the first two points, four in a row for Dartmouth from two errors and a kill and ace by Bischoff put the Big Green up (4-2). From there, the Orange would pull ahead, but the home team would counter in a big way to steal the lead right back. Tied at 15-15, freshman Olympia Nagel-Caland’s kill gave Dartmouth a one-point edge (16-15), but seven straight Syracuse points put the Orange in charge (22-16). The Big Green managed to get within two (23-21), but two more points gave the visitors a 2-1 edge (25-21).
Dartmouth and Syracuse remained close in the early parts of the fourth set until the Orange pulled away with a four-point run (19-11). The Big Green managed to keep the visitors at bay for a few more minutes by capitalizing on their errors, but Syracuse ended the match soon after (25-17).
Dartmouth will face Iona at 1 p.m. and Sacred Heart at 6:30 p.m. on day two of the invite on Saturday.