The Weekend Schedule
Friday, September 28, 2018
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Road Swing Continues
After opening the Ivy League season with a 3-0 win at Brown last Saturday, the Bulldogs (7-3, 1-0 Ivy) continue their stretch of five straight conference matches away from home with matches at Penn and Princeton.
Last Time Out
Kelley Wirth continued her hot-hitting with 15 kills and hit .394, while first-year Ellis DeJardin went for a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs in a 3-0 win at Brown on Sept. 22. Kate Swanson went for a season-high 22 digs in three-set match, setting the high-mark in 2018 for most digs in a three-set match for an Ivy Leaguer.
DeJardin Named Ivy Rookie of the Week for Second Time
First-year outside hitter Ellis DeJardin this week was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. DeJardin, in her first Ivy match, had 13 kills and 11 digs while hitting .387 in a win over Brown. DeJardin ranks second on the team in kills per set (2.76). She previously earned the honor after her performance during the first weekend of the season.
Senior libero Kate Swanson enters the weekend leading the Ivy League with 5.03 digs per set average. Swanson, the team's captain, has 176 digs in 35 sets in 2018 and has 1,281 digs in her Yale career. The Bulldogs also lead the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.160) and, on offense, assists per set (12.83).
Scouting Penn and Princeton
Penn enters the weekend 3-9 overall after a 3-0 home loss to Princeton last weekend. The Quakers are led on offense by Raven Sualimon who leads the team in kills per set (2.93) while hitting .279. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will face Princeton since the teams' playoff match to determine the league's NCAA participant in 2017. The Bulldogs (.700) and Tigers (667) are one-two in overall winning percentage in the conference entering this weekend. Princeton (8-4, 1-0 Ivy) features the reigning Ivy Player of the Week, Devon Peterkin, and lead the conference in digs per set (17.98).
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. See complete poll here.
After winning its sixth Ivy title in the last eight seasons, 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. 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 277-107 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 play at Columbia a week from Friday and at Cornell the following day.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity