Volleyball Vaults to First Place

The Big Green did it the hard way, but the women's volleyball team holds down first place in the Ivy League at the midway point of the season.

In back-to-back weekends of play, Dartmouth went the distance in three matches, defeating Penn and Princeton at home, 3-2, before traveling to Columbia and handing the Lions a 3-2 defeat. The win skein, however, came to a stop with a 3-0 loss at Cornell on October 14.

Dartmouth's 3-1 Ivy record is still good enough to keep pace with the Big Red, 4-1 in the conference, as well as Princeton and Penn who are 3-1.

"The three games we won were very big battles," said head coach Ann Marie Larese, "and we did the right things at the right times. Competition in the Ivy League is very tight and every single game is a test.

"Our league is just so competitive, and we're happy to be where we are," she added. "We plan to stay there for as long as we can."

Dartmouth rounds out Ivy play with three matches in eight days, beginning with a home game against Harvard on October 21 and followed by a road trip to Brown and Yale, October 27-28.