By: Charlotte Brackett
NEW YORK, N.Y. â€“ The Dartmouth volleyball team got stronger as the match went on, but could not solve Columbia, falling by a score of 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25) on Saturday evening.
Sophomore Nicole Liddle and freshman Makenzie Arent both had double-doubles; Liddle recorded 13 kills and 11 digs, while Arent had a career-high 44 assists and 13 digs. Sophomore Francesca Meldrum had a season-high seven blocks and led the team with 18.5 points.
Columbia (10-5, 3-2) took control of the first set, but Dartmouth (5-9, 1-4) worked hard to keep up. Trailing, 15-8, a pair of kills by freshman Grace Wiczek got the Green within five (15-10). The Lions increased their lead until they had a 21-13 advantage. Dartmouth started to chip away at that following kills by Liddle and Wiczek and some Columbia errors before the home team won (25-20).
The Lions started the second with a 3-0 edge before the Big Green capitalized on some errors on the other side of the net to tie the score. Columbia then went on an 11-4 run to put some distance between the teams (14-7). Dartmouth worked its way back and the teams traded points until Columbia had a 20-16 edge, at which point a 7-0 Dartmouth run gave the visitors their first lead of the match (23-20). The Lions came back and were only trailing by one (24-23), but another Liddle kill gave the Green the victory (25-23).
Columbia had another good start and led, 8-3, at the beginning of the third. Kills by Liddle, Arent and sophomore Emma Moffett, and a block and two aces by Meldrum gave Dartmouth a 14-12 advantage. The Lions found some momentum, winning the next six points to move ahead (18-14). The teams went back and forth until the Big Green got within one point (22-21). Dartmouth tied the score following an error by the home team, but three straight points for Columbia ended the set (25-22).
The Big Green came out well in set four, with kills by Liddle and Wiczek giving them a 3-2 advantage. The Lions soon stole that lead, going on a 6-0 to make it an 8-3 set. With Columbia ahead, 13-7, Dartmouth got back in the game after an 8-4 run following kills by Liddle, Arent, Wiczek and Moffet (17-15). After staying close, the Lions took advantage of some Dartmouth errors to move five points ahead (22-17). The Green, once again, made their way back and, thanks to a Columbia error and a block and two kills by Meldrum, were only down by one (22-21). The Lions managed to hold on for the win (25-22).
Dartmouth will be at home for the next six matches, playing at Leede Arena until Nov. 2. First up will be Penn and Princeton next weekend.