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Homecoming was this past weekend. We hope all of our alums who came up for the festivities had a wonderful time! For those of you not scared off by the hail and sleet storm on Saturday, Dartmouth Football won the rivalry match against Harvard to stay undefeated on the season. Some of the volleyball team were scared away by the weather, but those of us brave enough to cheer on the Big Green managed to sneak a picture (see below).
 
On October 20th, we competed at Harvard, going 0-3 on the day in the top bracket. We played against three tough squads: Harvard A, MIT, and UMass A, losing in highly contested matches to all. While we were hoping for better results, we are always happy to play against great teams in the preseason to find areas that we can improve upon in practice. This was out first time playing in Harvard's annual Fall invitational, and we are looking forward to traveling there again next year.
 
As always, we thank you for your support -- Happy Halloween!

With peak foliage arriving and the weather beginning to get colder, our preseason is just heating up. This past Sunday (October 14th) marked our first tournament of the year at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut. The team woke up before sunrise, meeting at the Circle K to get on the road early. The tournament was formatted as pool play -- our pool consisted of us, Yale's "A" team, Stony Brook, and Elm's College (a division 3 varsity volleyball program). We narrowly avoided the playoffs: losing to Yale in 2 close games, beating Stony Brook in 2 games, and putting up a valiant effort against the D3 Elm's college, though ultimately defeated. While we have plenty to work on throughout the Fall, promising play from both our veterans and new members hints at a bright season ahead.
 
This upcoming Saturday (October 20th) we travel down to Boston, where we will play against some of our familiar NECVL foes -- UConn and UMass -- while also playing against the newly formed Harvard and MIT club teams. Two weekends from then (November 4th) is our final preseason tournament at Brandeis.
 
In other news, we have four new members on the team this year: Ryan Shean '21, Tom Bosworth '22, Nathan Hwang '22, and Ray Jones '22. Be on the lookout for the newsletter this Winter to learn more about them and the rest of the team!
 
Happy Fall and go Dartmouth!
Men's Volleyball practices outside on the Green (Pictured left-right: Mitchell Tang '20, Nathan Hwang '22)