May 29, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Head Coach Erin Appleman has announced the 25 matches that will comprise the Yale volleyball team's 2009 schedule. The defending Ivy League Champions will host two preseason tournaments and travel to two others in addition to the 14-match Ancient Eight calendar.
The Bulldogs open the 2009 slate at home with the Yale Invitational on Sept. 4-5. Yale challenges Georgetown on the first day of the tournament, and squares off against Fairfield, a team that fell one win shy of an NCAA Tournament bid in 2008, and Big 12 squad Colorado to wrap up the event.
Yale will then hit the road for a pair of preseason tournaments: the American Invitational and the Seton Hall Invitational. In the nation's capital on Sept. 11-12, the Bulldogs will face the hosts from American University, a 2008 NCAA Championship participant, and a Virginia Tech team that boasted an 11-9 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which sent four teams to the 2008 postseason. Hofstra and the New Jersey Institute of Technology await the Bulldogs at the Seton Hall Invitational on Sept. 18-19, as well as the host Pirates that finished 9-2 on their home court in 2008.
The non-Ivy League schedule wraps up back in the Elm City on Sept. 25-26 as Central Connecticut State, Quinnipiac and Binghamton visit the John J. Lee Amphitheater for the Yale Classic. Both the Blue Devils and the Bearcats finished in the top three in their respective conferences last season.
The Ivy League slate begins in October, as the Brown Bears come to New Haven on Oct. 2. The next weekend marks the first twin bill of the Ancient Eight season, as 2007 league champion Princeton comes to New Haven on Friday and Penn, the lone Ivy League team to defeat Yale last season, challenges the Bulldogs on Saturday.
Oct. 16 and 17 matches in the Empire State are also on tap for Yale, as Cornell and Columbia host the defending champions in their first Ivy League road matches of the season.
Dartmouth and Harvard will await the Bulldogs upon their return to the Elm City on Oct. 23 and 24. The pair of matches with Big Green and the Crimson mark the halfway point of the Ancient Eight calendar, as Yale will trek to Penn and Princeton the next weekend for return contests against last season's Ivy League elite.
November ushers in the final road weekend of the regular season when Harvard and Dartmouth host the Bulldogs on Nov. 6 and 7, and John J. Lee Amphitheater will see its last volleyball action of 2009 the following weekend when Columbia and Cornell travel to New Haven.
The Bulldogs' Ivy League schedule and 2009 regular season wrap-up in Providence on Nov. 18 with a mid-week contest at Brown.
The 2008 Bulldogs posted a record of 21-6, won the Ivy League Championship outright with a 13-1 league mark and went on to defeat Ohio in an NCAA Championship First Round match. Already the only Ivy League volleyball program to win an NCAA Championship match (Albany, 2004), the win over Ohio also made Yale the first squad to do so away from its home court. This year's squad returns three All-Ivy players, including unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year Cat Dailey and three-time first team selection Alexis Crusey.
Schedule Notes The 2009 schedule consists of 13 home matches and 12 road matches...The Bulldogs' non-conference slate includes four opponents to whom they have never lost (Binghamton, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech), and an opponent they have never beaten (American)...Colorado and New Jersey Institute of Technology are both first-time opponents for Yale...Under Coach Appleman (2003-present), Yale has only played five of its 2009 non-conference opponents (Binghamton, Central Connecticut State, Georgetown, Hofstra, Quinnipiac). The Bulldogs are a combined 7-0 in those matches...Hofstra (Sept. 17) is the only repeat opponent from the 2008 non-conference schedule...Yale will only play two matches at the American Invitational (American and Virginia Tech). The fourth team at the event, NJIT, will challenge the Bulldogs the following weekend at the Seton Hall Invitational...Active winning streaks for Yale entering 2009 include eight straight Ivy League wins and eight straight Ivy League road wins, a streak that dates back to the end of the 2007 campaign...Last season, Yale and Brown played a home-and-home series to open Ivy League play. This year, the series is split as the first and last matches of the Ancient Eight schedule...The Bulldogs will play three in-state opponents (Central Connecticut State, Fairfield, Quinnipiac), the most Nutmeg State foes they have challenged since 2005. Yale did not face any Connecticut squads in 2007 or 2008.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity