Volleyball Cruises Past Dartmouth, 3-0

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK – The Columbia volleyball team downed Dartmouth in straight sets Friday, as the Lions beat the Big Green, 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-20) to improve to 13-6 overall and 5-4 in the Ivy League. First-year Madeline Rumer led the Lions with four service aces and 12 kills, hitting .385, while the team hit .333 as a whole.

The first set would be the closest of the day, as Columbia slowed Dartmouth’s momentum bit by bit. The Lions took an early lead over the Big Green, going up 6-3 on three straight kills from junior Cindy Chen. Columbia continued to lead, as a kill from sophomore Heather Braunagel made it 9-5. Columbia managed to stay ahead of Dartmouth until a few errors did them in, as the Big Green tied it up at 12 with a kill. Though Dartmouth took the lead 14-13, Columbia quickly tied it back up with a kill from first-year Christina Campbell, and the Big Green would not lead again for the rest of the night. The score would tie up several times before the end of the set, however, including at 24-24. But a kill by first-year Madeline Rumer gave Columbia set point, 25-24, and a kill by Campbell ended it, 26-24, giving Columbia an early 1-0 lead.

Set two saw Columbia take an early lead, and the Lions dominated throughout. A kill by sophomore Megan Gaughn, followed by a kill from Rumer made it 4-1, Columbia. The Lions went on a 9-1 run later in the set, using two kills from Chen and three straight service aces by Rumer, to go up on Dartmouth, 15-6. Though the Big Green would manage to score more points before the end of the set, it was just a technicality, as Columbia rolled to a 25-15 win, ending the set with kills by Campbell and first-year setter Colleen Brennan.

Columbia continued to roll in the third set, as Braunagel score on the first play out of the break, putting the Lions up 1-0. Kills by Rumer and Chen would make it 4-1, and Rumer and Campbell added two more to make it 6-2. The Big Green continued to struggle with defending the Lions, and a kill by Braunagel made it 12-5. Dartmouth scored four more points as the match neared its end, but they proved futile, as  a kill from Rumer made it 24-20, and a Dartmouth error ended it, 25-20, giving the Lions the 3-0 sweep.

Rumer had three service aces and 12 kills, hitting .385, but two other Lions did well on offense, as junior Cindy Chen had 10 kills, hitting .421 and sophomore Megan Gaughn had 11 kills hitting .312. Gaughn also had a team-high 16 digs, giving her another double-double, her 11th of the season. Chen also had a double-double, with 12 digs on defense, while first-year libero Katherine Keller had 15 digs. First-year Colleen Brennan paced the offense, with 34 assists at setter, while first-year Christina Campbell hit .400 with five kills of her own, including the kill that won set one.

Up next for the Lions is Harvard, who will come to Levien Gymnasium, Saturday, October 30, at 5 p.m. for the team’s second meeting.  Columbia will be looking to revenge a 3-2 loss from earlier in the season.

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