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Blocks Spark Offense in Win Over Rhode Island

Tristin Kott, left, and Destiny Daniel.
Tristin Kott, left, and Destiny Daniel.

KINGSTON, R.I. -- The Bulldogs used timely blocks to complete a winning weekend with a 3-0 victory over host Rhode Island at the Art Carmichael Invitational on Saturday evening.  

The scores of the match were 25-22, 25-18 and 25-17.  With the win, Yale improved to 5-1 on the season and won two of three matches at this weekend's invitational.

"We played our best volleyball of the weekend tonight," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman.  "We had good chemistry and our depth really helped us."

For the second straight match today, Kathryn Attar had a double-double and went on to earn tournament MVP.  She led Yale in kills with 12 and added 10 digs.  Tristin Kott also earned all-tournament honors.

Attar broke a 21-21 tie in the first set and pushed Yale to set point to give the Bulldogs a 24-21 advantage. Yale scored four of the final five points to grab an early lead.  

In the second set, Yale began with a blocking barrage.  After Ellis DeJardin got things going with a kill, the next four points were scored via a block. Kott and Destiny Daniel combined on block assists, and DeJardin and Destiny Daniel made it 3-0.  DeJardin and Daniel went back to back for solos to make it 5-0. 

Blocks started another rally in the third.  Frances Arnautou and Samantha Bray joined for block assists to make it 16-14 and Yale went on to score the next three points to create distance.

"Bray really stepped up when we needed it," Appleman added. 

Arnautou dished out 35 assists to a variety of targets.   Bray and Kott had eight kills each, while DeJardin -- the reigning Ivy Rookie of the Week -- had seven kills and 20 digs.  

DeJardin was one of four Bulldogs with at least 10 digs.  Kate Swanson (13), Arnautou (10) and Attar (10) also reached double figures. 

Yale returns to the court next weekend in Orlando, Fla., at a tournament hosted by the University of Central Florida.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity