NEW YORK - Columbia volleyball returned to its winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Dartmouth Friday night in Ivy League action at Levien Gymnasium by scores of 17-25, 25-10, 25-14, 25-12.
With the win, Columbia (8-7, 3-3 Ivy League) snapped a three-game losing skid, improved to 6-1 on its home court and earned its fifth consecutive victory over Dartmouth (2-14, 1-5 Ivy League) dating back to the 2010 season.
The first set started off evenly, leading up to a 9-9 tie, but the Lions struggled to gain their footing as Dartmouth slowly but surely took over. With the set still close at 19-16, the Big Green embarked on a 6-1 run to finish on top, taking a 1-0 advantage in the match.
The Lions came out roaring in the second set, getting things started with the first two points en route to a 5-1 run. With the score at 7-4, Columbia outscored the Big Green 14-2 over the next 16 points to take a commanding 21-6 lead. A 4-1 Dartmouth run would bring the Big Green as close as they would get as get as the Lions finished off the second set victory with three unanswered points.
In the third set, Columbia scored first and held the lead until Dartmouth knotted the score, 8-8, following a 4-0 run that forced the Lions to call timeout. Columbia wasted no time in regaining its lead, taking advantage of three straight Big Green attack errors and a service ace by first-year Bailey Springer. With the score at 13-8, Dartmouth remained within reason, but Columbia secured the win thanks to a 7-1 run that included six consecutive points to close out the set and take a 2-1 series advantage.
Kills by senior Megan Gaughn and first-year Katarina Jovicic sparked a 10-2 run to begin set four in Columbia's advantage, forcing a Dartmouth timeout. The Lions consistently outscored the Big Green throughout the remainder of the set and had little trouble posting a dominating 25-12 victory to win the match.
The Lions posted double figures galore on the night, including the third consecutive double-double for Gaughn, who recorded a 12-kill, 10-dig performance to go with two service aces.
Junior Colleen Brennan amassed a season-high 46 assists and eight digs, nearly missing a double-double. Springer was also impressive with 11 kills and zero attacking errors for a match-high .579 hitting percentage. Caitlin Brenton was not far behind as she also posted 11 kills and a solid .500 hitting percentage. Charlee Dyroff was the fifth Lions player in double figures as she bumped 15 digs on the night.
Join Columbia in the fight against breast cancer on GO PINK Night, Saturday, October 13 at 5 p.m. when the Lions take on Harvard. All donations will benefit the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Admission to the match is free.
All fans will receive a Dig Pink bracelet and one lucky fan will receive an iPod Nano. In addition, Fairway Market will be donating $1 to breast cancer research for every fan that attends the match.
After the match, there will be a youth clinic and autograph session with the team. For more information, please contact Lauren Mangurian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wear your pink and support the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center!