NEW YORK – The Columbia volleyball team dropped its final match of the season to Dartmouth on Saturday in Levien Gymnasium by set scores of 19-25, 22-25, 19-25.
Despite the loss, the Lions earned a season split with Dartmouth after downing the Big Green back in October. The teams moved into a tie in the final Ivy League standings with each posting a 4-10 mark. Following a 3-1 upset over second-place Harvard last night, Columbia finished out the season with 6-17 overall record.
Sophomore Bailey Springer led the Lions’ offense once again with a team-high 15 kills on a .317 hitting percentage. First-year Jennifer Petrovich posted her sixth career double-double with 30 assists and 10 digs to lead the defense, while first-year Cassie Wes chipped in with a match-high 16 digs.
Dartmouth was led by 15 kills from Emily Astarita, 47 assists from Stacey Benton and 14 digs from Julie Lau. The Big Green finished the season with an 11-15 overall record.
Prior to the match, the Lions honored its two seniors, Colleen Brennan and Savannah Fletcher. Fletcher served the first point of the game, giving Columbia the opening lead. The first set quickly turned into tight back-and-forth battle until midway through. With the score knotted 15-15, Dartmouth surged ahead with a 5-0 run. A kill by sophomore Lucy Tilton stifled the Big Green, but Dartmouth persisted with three kills in a row en route to the win.
Sophomore Katarina Jovicic was on fire in the second set, smacking four straight kills to put Columbia ahead, 7-4, forcing Dartmouth to call timeout. The Lions stayed in front the majority of the way until the Big Green evened the score at 18-all with a service ace by Kayden Cook. A kill by Springer knotted the score once again at 20-20 to keep Columbia’s hopes alive, but the Big Green responded with kills by Astarita and Elisa Scudder to get back on top for good.
Another Springer kill gave the Lions their first lead in the third set, but the Big Green quickly evened the score at 2-2. A back-and-forth battle ensued, and a pair of kills by Jovicic made it a tied game once again, 5-5. However, a kill by Dartmouth’s Paige Caridi boosted the Big Green into the lead the rest of the way to take the match in straight sets.