Sept. 13, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Junior Cat Dailey notched a match-high 15 kills, and junior Alexis Crusey contributed 12 finishers to lead the Yale University volleyball team past Colgate in day two action at the 2008 Yale Invitational. The Bulldogs swept the Raiders by set scores of 25-21, 25-15 and 26-24.
With the victory, Yale is now 2-0 in the 2008 season. Colgate fell to 3-5 after the loss.
In addition to her 15 kills, Dailey tallied seven digs and three blocks. Crusey chipped in with three assists, a match-high three service aces, five digs and a block. She posted a solid hitting percentage of .455. Senior captain Ally Mendenhall posted her second double-double of the season with match bests in assists (34) and digs (11). Sophomore Kelly Ozurovich racked up 10 digs as the team's libero. Junior Laurel Johnson filled out her stat sheet with six kills, a dig and three blocks. Freshman Bridget Hearst made her collegiate debut for the Bulldogs, picking up five kills, two assists, two digs and a block.
The Bulldogs quickly ran the score to 7-3 in the first set, led by three kills and two blocks from Dailey. The Raiders never faded away, but they were ultimately unable to overcome the early deficit as Yale claimed the opening game. Dailey notched seven of her 15 kills in the first frame.
In the second set, Colgate once again hung tough with the Bulldogs, as the teams traded points to knot the score at 11-11. From that score forward, the Raiders failed to string together consecutive points as Yale outscored them 14-4 to notch a 25-15 victory.
Colgate came out firing in the third set, as they built an early 11-4 advantage. The Raiders kept the pressure on the Bulldogs as they maintained their seven point cushion all the way to a 16-9 lead. From that point on, Yale fought back, propelled by two services and two kills from Crusey and three kills by Hearst, to eventually knot the score at 23-23. With the score then knotted at 24-24, consecutive kills by Crusey and Daily, which were both set up by Mendenhall assists, ended the match with Yale earning a 26-24 win.
Katrina Zawojski and Kelsea Loveless led the Raiders with 12 kills apiece. Meghan Fanta paced Colgate in assists with 24, and Jackie Adlam posted a team-high 10 digs.
The championship game of the 2008 Yale Invitational will be held tonight at 7 p.m. Yale will challenge the Hofstra Pride, who ran their tournament record to 2-0 with a 3-0 win over Boston College earlier in the day. The match will be broadcast live on the Internet via Yale All*Access. GameTracker live stats will also be available. Both features can be found at www.yalebulldogs.com.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity