Back at Home, Bulldogs Sweep Dartmouth

Kate Swanson, left, and Tori Shepherd. (photo credit: Steve Musco)
Kate Swanson, left, and Tori Shepherd. (photo credit: Steve Musco)

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Bulldogs Hit .348, Sweep Dartmouth on Friday Night

NEW HAVEN -- A blistering attack came over the net during the third set on Friday night, and Yale senior captain Tori Shepherd was ready for it.  

Shepherd came up with the dig and the ball deflected beyond the backcourt.  Kate Swanson chased it down, lofted the ball over her shoulders to the net, and Brittani Steinberg blasted one of her match-high 13 kills. 

The play gave the Bulldogs the lead, summed up the match and illustrated a moment Yale had been waiting for all season.  Shepherd was back on the court and contributing.

The Bulldogs swept Dartmouth and welcomed back Shepherd, who had 13 digs.  The scores of the match were 25-17, 25-9 and 25-20.  

"It was great to have Tori back out there and she sparked our defense," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.

Defense led to offense.  The Bulldogs hit .348, their second-highest percentage of the season.

Franny Arnautou led the offense with 33 assists, five kills and hit .625 with 13 digs.  Tristin Kott and Kelley Wirth both had eight kills.

Yale hit .625 as a team in the second set, with an efficient 17 kills on 24 swings with only two errors. 

In the second set, Shepherd served 13 straight times, leading to 12 Yale points, four Steinberg kills and two service aces. 

Dartmouth pushed the third set to a 19-all tie before the Bulldogs pulled away.  Kott broke the tie and bookended a three-point run with a Wirth kill in between.

The Bulldogs improved to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in Ivy League play.  With the win, they moved into a second-place tie with Columbia, who lost at home to first-place Princeton.  

The weekend continues for Yale with a match against Harvard on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Saturday's match on ESPN3, as well as Ivy League Digital Network

Yale's match on Saturday against Harvard will be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, in addition to the Ivy League Digital Network.  The match is set for a 5 p.m. start.  

Arnautou Sings, Too

Prior to Friday's match, Yale freshmen setter Franny Arnautou joined a Yale a cappella group to perform the National Anthem.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity