Bulldogs Head to New York for Blackbird Invitational

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports publicity)

Bulldogs Face NJIT, Georgetown and LIU This Weekend

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The Yale women's volleyball team looks to continue its winning ways during a trip to Brooklyn, N.Y., this weekend to compete in the Blackbird Invitational.  The Bulldogs, who swept the Yale Invitational last weekend, will face New Jersey Institute of Technology, Georgetown and host Long Island University in New York. 

Yale will face NJIT on Friday at 2 p.m.  On Saturday, the Bulldogs will play Georgetown (12:30 p.m.) and Long Island (5:30 p.m.).

Last weekend, junior Bridget Hearst earned tournament MVP honors for Yale following a 46-kill performance in the team's first three matches of the season.  Hearst smashed 18 kills in a 3-0 victory over Rhode Island to close out the tournament last Saturday. 

Yale freshman setter Kendall Polan earned tournament and Ivy League honors in her Yale debut last weekend.  Polan won conference rookie of the week after posting 98 assists, 17 digs and three service aces in Yale's three victories.  In the Invitational clincher, Polan notched 47 assists, six digs and five kills.

The Bulldogs open the Long Island Invitational with a 2 p.m. match on Friday against NJIT, which enters the weekend at 1-5 overall.  The Highlanders, who was swept by Rutgers on Tuesday, is led by Janet Snell, who has 58 kills in the team's first six matches. On defense, Audrey Snell has led the way with 97 digs this season. 

Georgetown (3-5), of the Big East, enters the Blackbird Invitational following a 3-0 win over Howard on Wednesday.  Kortney Robinson, who leads the Hoyas with 68 kills on the season, led the Hoyas with a match-high 11 kills in the win over Howard.  Yale defeated Georgetown, 3-0, last season in New Haven.

Long Island (0-6) dropped three matches in Blacksburg, Va., last weekend at the Hokie Invitational hosted by Virginia Tech.  The Blackbirds, the defending Northeast Conference champs, return three starters. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy