PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After five straight road matches, the Brown volleyball team opens up a four-game home stand when the Bears host Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday in a pair of Ivy League contests. Brown (4-8, 0-1 Ivy), looking to snap a streak of three straight losses, takes on the Big Green (7-6, 0-1 Ivy) on Friday at 7 p.m. and faces the Crimson (6-4, 1-0 Ivy) on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Since winning seven of its first 10 games, Dartmouth has lost three in a row, all in straight sets. Most recently, the Big Green fell at Harvard in its Ivy League opener on Sep. 27, then dropped a non-conference affair at Bryant on Tuesday.
Dartmouth leads the Ancient Eight in blocking, thanks largely in part to Elisa Scudder, a 6-foot-2 senior who ranks eighth in the nation with 1.49 blocks per set. Paige Caridi is the lone Big Green player to reach the 100-kill mark for the season and averages 2.41 kills per set, but Dartmouth's defense proves essential to its success as evidenced by a league-leading 16.96 digs per set.
Recent history is on Brown's side as the Bears took a pair of 3-0 wins from the Big Green during the 2012 season.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard has yet to win back-to-back games since emerging victorious in its first two contests of the season. Last time out, the Crimson blanked Dartmouth in Cambridge, Mass., and will head to College Hill after traveling to defending Ivy League champs Yale on Friday night.
Harvard hits at the second-highest percentage in the league at .205 and bolsters its attack with strong blocking by Kathleen Wallace, whose 1.15 blocks per set ranks second in the Ivy League to compliment a team-best 2.35 kills per set. Finally, the Crimson are expected to look to Corrine Bain for points from the service line, as her 0.63 aces per set stands as the fourth-best average in the country.
Last season, Harvard bested Brown twice with a 3-0 decision at home and a 3-1 final in Providence.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bears fell by a matter of inches at Rhode Island in a five-set decision on Wednesday. Senior Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) recorded a career-high 17 kills and classmate Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) added 10. Junior Kathryn Conner (Newport Beach, Calif.) posted a game-best 15 digs and senior Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) notched 12 digs to lead a group of four Bears to register at least 10, while junior Maryl Vanden Box (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and freshman Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) tallied 19 and 17 assists respectively.
Brown hosts another pair of Ivy League tilts next weekend, featuring Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. and Penn on Saturday at 5 p.m.