After winning their eighth Ivy League title in the last 14 years in 2017, the Bulldogs are off to a 5-1 start this season. Yale will travel this weekend to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the VolleyKnights Invitational hosted by the University of Central Florida (UCF). Yale will face Florida Gulf Coast (1 p.m.) and Alabama State (6 p.m.) on Friday, and will take on host UCF on Saturday at 1 p.m.
vs. Florida Gulf Coast, Friday, 1 p.m. Live Stats
vs. Alabama State, Friday, 6 p.m. Live Stats
Bulldogs Feature Four Florida Natives
The Bulldogs' roster features four student-athletes who hail from Florida. Kathryn Attar (Tampa), Tristin Kott (Winter Park), Gray Malias (Orlando) and Lauren Potter (Miami) are Sunshine State natives.
Last Time Out
The Bulldogs won two of three matches last weekend at the Art Carmichael Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island. Yale defeated Army-West Point and Rhode Island, and dropped a match to New Hampshire. Florida native Kathryn Attar, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was named tournament MVP and earned a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll this week. In addition, Florida native Tristin Kott earned all-tournament recognition.
Bulldogs Welcome Back Cat Dailey Minyard ' 10
Former Yale volleyball standout and Ivy League Player of the Year Cat Dailey Minyard '10 who helped lead the program to a conference title and went on to play professionally is back with the Bulldogs as a volunteer assistant coach. Minyard transferred to Yale in 2008 after two seasons at Cal-Berkley and went on to earn All-Ivy First Team honors her two years with the Bulldogs. In 2008, she was named an AVCA All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention in addition to being named unanimous league player of the year to begin a stretch of six conference titles in a seven-year stretch for the Bulldogs. More details.
Get to Know the Bulldogs
The Bulldogs' website features a brief video with each student-athlete on the volleyball team. Visit the team's roster webpage and select a name to see the bio video. The videos were produced by the team's associate head coach Kevin Laseau.
Bulldogs to be Featured on ESPNU
The Bulldogs will be featured on national television later this fall. Yale's home match against Princeton on Oct. 26 will air on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
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.
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, in her 16th season, has a 275-105 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) and volunteer assistant Cat Dailey Minyard '10 (1st season).
The Bulldogs begin the Ivy League portion of their schedule with a road match at Brown on Saturday, Sept. 22 beginning at 2 p.m.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity