Trying to Break Even

by Kim McCullough | 11/2/01 6:00am

At the beginning of the season, the Dartmouth women's volleyball team set a goal of finishing above the .500 mark on the year.

The Big Green currently carries a 7-11 overall record, including 2-6 in the Ivy League, with six matches remaining.

To realize their goal, the Dartmouth women must start with two wins against Yale and Brown tonight and tomorrow (7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, at Leede Arena).

Although the Big Green brings a four-game winless streak into the weekend, the team has had bright spots in the last couple of matches that make two victories a realistic possibility.

Captain Ashley Dean '02 eclipsed the school record of 1,354 career digs last weekend against Penn, and most of the players on the team's roster have seen valuable playing time over the last few matches.

With solid leadership from Dean, solid contributions from the rest of the team and support from the home crowd, Dartmouth looks to defeat Yale for the second time this season tonight.

Dean cited the importance of notching a victory against the Bulldogs, saying "Although I am sure [Yale] will be just as hungry for the win as we will be, beating them on Friday will be a good start to the weekend, putting us in a good position to play well against Brown on Saturday."