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Key Matches Await Bulldogs This Weekend at Columbia and Cornell

Key Matches Await Bulldogs This Weekend at Columbia and Cornell

The Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 5, 2018

Yale at Columbia, 7 p.m.  Video on ESPN+ | Live Stats

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Yale at Cornell, 5 p.m.  Video on ESPN+ | Live Stats

Road Swing Continues

The Bulldogs (8-4, 2-1 Ivy) this weekend continue their stretch of five straight conference matches away from home with matches at Columbia and Cornell.  

Last Time Out

Yale split a pair of matches last weekend, with a 3-0 win at Penn and a hard-fought 3-1 loss at Princeton.  In the victory at Penn, the Bulldogs hit. 323 in the first set without a hitting error en route to a 3-0 sweep of Penn at the Palestra on Friday evening.  Fresh off her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week award, Ellis DeJardin led the Bulldogs with 10 kills and added eight digs while hitting .333.  Kathryn Attar had nine kills and eight digs.  The next day, Yale's comeback at Princeton fell short.  Kathryn Attar and Kelley Wirth led the Bulldogs with 11 kills each, while Kate Swanson had 20 digs in a match that went back and forth. 

Bray Breaks Out 

First-year Samantha Bray had a breakout performance in her first back-to-back Ivy weekend.  Bray had eight kills and hit .538 in the victory at Penn, then followed it up with 10 kills at Princeton.  She ranks third on the team with 2.48 kills per set. 


League Leader

Senior libero Kate Swanson enters the weekend leading the Ivy League with 5.60 digs per set average in conference play. Swanson, the team's captain, has 210 digs on the season and is averaging 5.00 digs per set overall.    

Balanced Attack

The Bulldogs have four student-athletes averaging over two kills per set -- Kelley Wirth (2.77), Ellis DeJardin (2.76), Samantha Bray (2.48) and Kathryn Attar (2.40).

Scouting Columbia and Cornell

Columbia (8-5, 2-1 Ivy) defeated Dartmouth and Harvard last weekend.  Emily Theehan earned conference rookie of the week honors last week for the Lions and leads the team with 3.06 kills per set. Cornell enters the weekend 3-0 in league play and returns four starters off an 8-6 Ivy season last year.  The Big Red feature Carla Sganderlla, who leads the conference with 5.09 kills per set in league play. 

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

Welcome Back

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 278-108 overall record at Yale with a 168-44 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).

Up Next

The Bulldogs return home to host Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity