Bulldogs Quest for Seventh Ivy Title in Last Nine Years Begins Aug. 31
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A trip Florida, non-conference match-ups against two NCAA qualifiers and 10 home matches highlight the Yale Volleyball team's 2018 schedule and the Bulldogs' quest for a seventh Ivy League title in the last nine years.
"I'm excited about the 2018 schedule," said Erin Appleman, Yale's head coach entering her 16th season at the helm of the Bulldogs with eight Ivy League titles and a record of 270-104. "The preseason will not only offer us a lot of opportunities to prepare for the Ivy League, it also allows us to give our four student-athletes from Florida an opportunity to compete in their home state."
The Bulldogs, winners of eight Ivy League titles over the last 14 years, will open its season with three home matches against in-state opponents. With a 77-13 home record since the start of the 2010 season, the Bulldogs will look to continue its success at the John J. Lee Amphitheater with matches against Fairfield, Central Connecticut State and Quinnipiac.
Yale will host Fairfield, winners of the MAAC last year, on August 31 at 7 p.m. The next day, the Bulldogs will host Central Connecticut at 1 p.m. and Quinnipiac at 7 p.m.
The next weekend, the Bulldogs will travel to the University of Rhode Island for three more non-conference matches. Yale will take on Army-West Point on September 7 at 4 p.m., and the next day face New Hampshire at 11 a.m. and host URI at 7 p.m.
A trip to Florida will close out out the non-conference schedule with three matches on the campus of Central Florida in Orlando. Senior Gray Malias (Orlando), junior Tristin Kott (Winter Park), sophomore Kathryn Attar (Tampa) and first-year Lauren Potter (Miami) are all Bulldogs from the Sunshine State.
Yale will take on Florida Gulf Coast and SWAC champion Alabama State on Sept. 14. The next day, Yale will take on host Central Florida at 1 p.m.
The first five Ivy League matches will take place on the road. The conference slate opens at Brown on Sept. 21.
Yale plays at Penn on Sept. 28 and at Princeton the next day. The following weekend, Yale plays at Columbia on Oct. 5 and at Cornell the next evening.
The first Ivy League home match of the season will take place on Oct. 12 against Dartmouth. Harvard visits New Haven on Oct. 13.
The home stand continues the next Friday, Oct. 19, with a match against Brown. Princeton and Penn visit the Bulldogs with matches the following Friday (27th) and Saturday (28th) respectively.
On Nov. 2, Yale will play at Harvard and the next night, close out the conference road schedule with a match at Dartmouth.
The final regular season matches will be at home for Yale. Cornell visits the Bulldogs on Nov. 9 and Columbia comes to New Haven on Nov. 10 to close out the Ivy schedule for both teams.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity