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Bulldogs Host In-State Opponents This Weekend

Kathryn Attar.
Kathryn Attar.

Opening Weekend Highlights

  • The Bulldogs will host three in-state opponents this weekend -- Fairfield, Central Connecticut State and Quinnipiac.
  • Yale has won the Ivy League title eight out of the last 14 seasons.
  • Over the last five seasons, Yale is 44-9 in home matches.  
  • The Bulldogs earned three first-place votes and were picked to finish second in the Ivy League preseason media poll. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Yale (0-0) vs. Fairfield (1-2), 7 p.m.  Live Stats |  ESPN+ 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Yale vs. Central Connecticut State (1-4), 1 p.m.  Live Stats | ESPN+
Yale vs. Quinnipiac (0-4), 7 p.m. Live Stats | ESPN+

Opening Weekend

Fresh off their eighth Ivy title in 14 seasons, the Bulldogs open the 2018 season by hosting three matches of the Battle of Connecticut.  Yale will face Fairfield, Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.  The matches mark for the Bulldogs a series renewal against all three schools -- Fairfield (last played Yale in 2009), Central Connecticut (2006) and Quinnipiac (2011). 

Battle of Connecticut 

Yale, along with Central Connecticut State, Fairfield, Hartford, Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac will all play three matches this week against in-state opponents.  In the last three years, the Bulldogs are 7-2 against non-conference opponents in season-opening weekend matches. 

Home Court Advantage

The Bulldogs continued their home success in 2017 and went 8-3 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.  Over the last five seasons at home, the Bulldogs are 44-9 overall and 32-4 against Ivy League teams.

Ivy League Preseason Media Poll

Yale earned three first-place votes and were picked to finish second this season in the conference's inaugural volleyball preseason media poll announced on Monday afternoon.  See complete poll here

Welcome Back

Yale returns five All-Ivy selections, including the league's defensive player of the year (Kate Swanson) and rookie of the year (Kathryn Attar).  Swanson and Attar both were also awarded spots on the first team.  In addition, Frances Arnautou and Tristin Kott earned second-team honors, while Kelley Wirth was a honorable mention. 

Swanson Named 2018 Captain

Senior libero Kate Swanson was named team captain for 2018.  The Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., native was named 2017 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Ivy First Team.  Over her first three seasons, Swanson has accumulated 1,105 digs.  In each of her first three seasons, her digs per set average has increased from 3.76 digs in 2015 to 4.64 this past season.

Appleman Leads the Way

Yale head coach Erin Appleman enters her 16th season in New Haven with a 270-104 overall record at Yale with a 167-43 mark in the Ivy League.  She is joined by associate head coach Kevin Laseau (15th season at Yale) and assistant coach Brendan McGourn (5th season at Yale).   

Up Next

The Bulldogs next weekend travel to the University of Rhode Island to compete in the Art Carmichael Invitational.  Yale will face Army-West Point, New Hampshire and host URI. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity