November 1, 2008

Trio of Double-Doubles Leads Bulldogs Past Dartmouth, 3-0

Nov. 1, 2008

Box Score

HANOVER, N.H. - One night after the Yale volleyball team knocked off Harvard for Head Coach Erin Appleman's 100th career victory, the squad posted number 101 for their coach with an impressive sweep at Dartmouth by set scores of 25-19, 25-13, 25-23. The win was the fourth straight overall for Yale and its 11th in 12 matches.

The Bulldogs improved to 15-4 overall and maintained first place in the Ivy League at 9-1. Big Green dropped to 7-13 on the season and 3-7 in league play.

"To win four straight Ivy matches on the road is great," said Appleman. "We continue to play very well."

Junior Cat Dailey led all players with 17 kills and also recorded 15 digs. Junior Alexis Crusey posted 11 kills and a match-best 19 digs and senior Ally Mendenhall distributed 34 assists and 11 digs for the Bulldogs. Freshman Bridget Hearst recorded 10 kills for the second consecutive match. Sophomore libero Kelly Ozurovich reached double figures with 10 digs, and freshman Taylor Cramm led Yale at the net with four blocks. Dailey and Ozurovich each recorded three service aces.

"I thought that our defense was great. We had a lot of digs against a very aggressive, offensive-minded team."

As a team, the Bulldogs hit .261 (50-15-134) for the match, while the Big Green hit at a clip of .163 (31-11-123). The two teams were even with six blocks apiece.

In the first set, the Bulldogs sped out to an 8-1 lead, but stumbled as a Big Green charge brought the margin within two points at 15-13. After a Yale timeout, the Bulldogs notched seven of the next 10 points to claim a 22-16 lead and force the home team to call its first timeout of the frame. The teams swapped the final six points, which was enough to give the Bulldogs the set by a score of 25-19. Hearst led all players in the stanza with five kills on nine errorless attempts. Junior Laurel Johnson recorded four kills and Crusey and Dailey each notched three for the Bulldogs. As a team, Yale hit .279 (17-5-43) in the set, while Dartmouth recorded a .219 (10-3-32) hitting percentage.

Yale maintained its momentum, rattling off the first six points of the second set on Hearst's serve en route to building a nine-point cushion at 17-8. A Big Green timeout did little to derail the Bulldogs, as they claimed the second set by 12 points at 25-13. Dailey delivered eight kills in the frame, while Hearst, Mendenhall and Cramm each added two. As a team, Yale hit .300 (15-3-40) and Big Green hit at a clip of .103 (9-5-39).

Yale and Dartmouth traded the first eight points of the third set before a 4-0 run by the Bulldogs forced Big Green to use its first timeout. Yale's four-point cushion held up to 20-16, at which point the home team ran off three straight points and cause Coach Appleman to call a timeout. The teams traded the next eight points to run the score to 24-23 in favor of the Bulldogs. A Hearst kill ended the match and gave Yale the victory. Crusey posted seven kills in the frame, and Dailey notched six finishers to polish off Big Green. The Bulldogs hit .216 (18-7-51) in the set, while Dartmouth posted a .173 (12-3-52) hitting percentage.

Morgan Covington led Dartmouth with nine kills. Kendall Houston distributed 18 assists, and libero Amber Bryant notched 14 digs to pace Big Green.

The Bulldogs are back in action next weekend for their last home swing of the 2008 campaign. Yale hosts Columbia on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., and Cornell visits the Elm City on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. for Senior Day at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs swept both the Lions and Big Red earlier in the season.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity

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