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Bulldogs Head to Harvard and Dartmouth This Weekend

Kathryn Attar.
Kathryn Attar.

The Weekend Schedule

Friday, November 2, 2018

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

Saturday, November 3, 2018

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

Bulldogs Close Out Ivy Road Schedule

The Bulldogs (15-4, 9-1 Ivy League) wrap up the road portion of their Ivy League regular season schedule with matches at Harvard (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Dartmouth (Saturday, 5 p.m.).  Yale defeated both teams in New Haven earlier this season.

Last Time Out

The Bulldogs last weekend extended their win streak to seven matches after defeating Princeton and Penn at home.  Yale took sole possession of first place in the Ivy standings after a 3-2 victory over Princeton last Friday.  Kelley Wirth tied a career-high with 24 kills and hit .391 in the match against the Tigers, which was televised nationally on ESPNU.   The next night, Samantha Bray continued her steady play with a team-high 11 kills against the Quakers in a 3-0 victory.

Bray Earns Rookie of the Week Honor

First-year middle blocker Samantha Bray was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks.  Bray hit .452 on the weekend with 24 kills.  Entering the week, Bray ranks in the top 10 in league play in both hitting percentage (.295) and blocks per set (1.06).  It was the fifth time a Bulldog has earned the honor this year.  First-year Ellis DeJardin has won the award three times.   Kelley Wirth and Frances Arnautou were also named to the weekly Ivy League Honor Roll for their performances last weekend. 

Bulldogs Serving Up Aces

Yale enters the week leading the Ivy League in service aces per set.  The Bulldogs average 1.56 service aces per set.  In conference play, senior Gray Malias ranks third in the conference with a 0.38 average with 13 aces in 34 sets.

Home Court Advantage

Since the start of the 2013 season, the Bulldogs home record is 52-9 overall and 37-4 against Ivy League teams.  Yale opened the 2018 home schedule with eight straight wins.

League Leader

Senior libero Kate Swanson enters the weekend leading the Ivy League with 5.06 digs per set average in conference play. Swanson, the team's captain, has 326 digs on the season and is averaging 4.94 digs per set overall. The 4.94 average would mark the fifth highest single-season mark in program history. 

Balanced Attack

The Bulldogs have four student-athletes averaging over two kills per set -- Kelley Wirth (2.81), Ellis DeJardin (2.78), Samantha Bray (2.42) and Kathryn Attar (2.06).

Scouting Harvard and Dartmouth

The Bulldogs defeated Harvard, 3-0, on Oct. 13 in New Haven.  The Crimson (10-9, 5-5 Ivy) enter the weekend leading the conference in blocks per set in Ivy League play. Dartmouth enters the weekend 9-12 overall and 4-6 in the conference.  On Oct. 12, Yale notched a 3-0 victory over the Big Green at the Lee Amphitheater. 

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.  

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 283-108 overall record at Yale with a 174-44 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 next weekend close out the Ivy League regular season with home matches against Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity