Big Green on the Road Again to Play Brown and Yale

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By: Charlotte Brackett

Dartmouth (5-5, 1-0) at Brown (8-3, 0-1)
Date: Friday, Oct. 4
Time: 7 PM
Location: Providence, R.I. / Pizzitola Sports Center
All-Time Series: Brown leads, 26-24
Live Stats
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Dartmouth at Yale (5-5, 1-0)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5
Time: 5 PM
Location: New Haven, Conn. / John J. Lee Amphitheater
All-Time Series: Yale leads, 44-11
Live Stats
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THIS WEEKEND
Having opened Ivy League play last Saturday with a huge win, Dartmouth volleyball will look to continue on a hot streak this weekend when it hits the road once again, this time to face Brown and Yale.
 
LAST TIME OUT
After dropping the first two sets, Dartmouth executed a perfect comeback, taking the remaining three sets to defeat Harvard on the road (21-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-6).

  • Francesca Meldrum ended the match with a season-high and team-leading 14 kills, .571 hitting percentage and 17.5 points. She also recorded one ace, four total blocks and two digs and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her performance.
  • Makenzie Arent had her fifth double-double of the year with 27 assists and 12 digs, earning a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll.
  • Bella Hedley was first with 15 digs and four service aces and three players had career-high blocks: Tola Akinwumi (11 BA), Elise Petit (7 BA) and Carly Tower (7 TB). 

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown has had a very good start to their season, going 8-3 through the first month of their campaign. The Bears had a six-match unbeaten streak that lasted from Sept. 7-17, ending with a 3-0 loss to Northwestern State at the Georgia State Tournament. Brown started conference play with a 3-0 loss to Yale last weekend.
 
LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
The Big Green went 2-0 against the Bears in 2018, defeating them by a score of 3-1 on the road on Oct. 13 before having to take it to five sets to win at home on Nov. 2. There were a lot of career-bests in that match at home. Petit led the team with a career-high 16 kills, Tower had a personal best 14 kills, Zoe Leonard recorded 33 digs and Annemarie Horn set personal records with 29 assists and 13 digs.
 
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale started the season by dropping five straight matches before coming back to win the next five. The Bulldogs most recently blanked Brown to start Ivy action and have been unbeaten since a 3-2 loss to USC on Sept. 13.
 
LAST TIME AGAINST YALE
The Bulldogs got the better of the Big Green twice last season, winning both matches by scores of 3-0. On Senior Day, Dartmouth played three very close sets (21-25, 23-25, 24-26). Petit was first with six kills and 10 points, while also adding two aces, one dig and four block assists. Appearing in their last matches at Leede, Samantha Bozoian and Leonard played well; Bozoian had six kills and led the team with seven block assists, while Leonard was first with 17 digs.
 
IN THE CONFERENCE
Digs/set – 1st (16.23)
Blocks/set – 3rd (1.97)
Aces/set – 6th (1.37)
 
Hitting % – Meldrum, 4th (.387)
Kills/set – Wiczek, 8th (2.96)
Assists – Arent, 4th (230)
Aces – Liddle, 6th (12)
Digs/set – Hedley, 2nd (4.33); Liddle, 8th (3.31)
 
CAN’T BE THERE?
Live stats for the matches can be found on DartmouthSports.com, while both can be watched live on ESPN+.
 
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will close their eight-match road trip next weekend when they take on Cornell and Columbia. After that, Dartmouth will play home for six straight matches.

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