September 22, 2010

Bulldogs Face Albany in a Home-and-Home Series This Weekend

Yale to Play First Home Match Since Sept. 4

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After nearly three weeks away from the John J. Lee Amphitheater, the Yale women's volleyball team returns home to face Albany at 7 p.m. on Friday night to begin a home-and-home series with the Great Danes.  The Bulldogs, who travel to Albany for a 7 p.m. match on Saturday, enter the weekend with a 5-4 mark.

Yale aims to snap a three-match losing streak that began last weekend at the Fullerton Classic in Fullerton, Calif.  Despite losses to Liberty, West Virginia and host Cal State Fullerton, the Bulldogs had several positives develop on the West Coast.

Senior captain Kelly Ozurovich became Yale's all-time digs leader during a match against West Virginia in Fullerton.  Ozurovich, who entered the week ranked fifth in NCAA Division I in digs per set, tallied 24 digs in a 3-1 loss.  She now has 1,414 in her Bulldog career after passing Anja Perlebach, who played at Yale from 2003-06 and finished with 1,380 digs.    

Kendall Polan continued her impressive rookie campaign and earned all-tournament honors in Fullerton.   The freshman setter, who has earned all-tournament status three times this season, notched 102 assists, 36 digs and 10 kills at the Fullerton Classic.  At the beginning of the week, Polan led the Ivy League in assists per set (11.07) and her role as the team's primary setter has helped the Bulldogs to an Ivy League best .239 team hitting percentage.

Junior Bridget Hearst led the Bulldogs with 39 kills and averaged 3.9 kills per set during the Fullerton Classic.  Hearst posted a team-best 14 kills in two matches against -- West Virginia and Cal State Fullerton.  As an opposite hitter, Heart leads the Bulldogs and ranks third in the Ivy League in kills per set (3.83).

The Great Danes come to New Haven at 8-4 overall after an undefeated weekend at the Lamar Volleyball Tournament.  In a win against McNeese State last Saturday, Albany's Casey Wright won tournament MVP honors after recording a career-high 25 kills on a .449 hitting percentage to go along with nine digs and eight total blocks.

This weekend, the Yale women's volleyball team is joining the field hockey and women's soccer teams to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The teams will combine efforts for the second annual Team Up To Fight Cancer initiative.

The teams will be selling t-shirts for $10 and collecting donations at home athletic events throughout the weekend of Sept. 24-26 to benefit the Yale Cancer Center, with the proceeds being designated to breast cancer research.