Yale Opens Ivy Season with Weekend Series Against Brown

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports publicity)

           

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The Yale women's volleyball team begins its Ivy League season this weekend with a home-and-home series with Brown.  The Bulldogs travel to Providence for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Bears on Friday, then host Brown on Saturday at 6 p.m. in New Haven. 

Yale split a pair of matches against Albany last weekend to complete its non-conference regular season schedule.  The Bulldogs, who enter the weekend at 6-5, earned a 3-1 victory over the Great Danes on Sept. 24, then lost at Albany the next night in a five-set match. 

Freshman setter Kendall Polan continues to have an impressive first season and enters the weekend leading the Ivy League in assists per set (10.51).  Polan was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for a second time this season after posting a triple-double (34 assists, 17 kills and 10 digs) against Albany last Saturday.

Katie Cordell, Polan, Erica Reetz each had 17 kills, and Haley Wessels added 13 in the loss against Albany.  Bridget Hearst (3.62) and Reetz (3.0) begin the weekend fourth and sixth respectively in the conference in kills per set, while Kelly Ozurovich stands at third in the Ivy League in digs per set (5.46).

As the Bulldogs enter the Ivy season, they rank high among in several team statistical categories among conference foes.  As of Sept. 29, Yale leads the conference in team hitting percentage (.247), assists per set (13.69), kills per set (14.46) and rank second in digs per set (18.31).

Brown and its reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Kathryn Glickman stand at 6-6 overall entering play on Friday.  The Bears gained a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Stony Brook. 

Glickman, a sophomore, came off the bench to produce 14 kills and 10 blocks in the victory over Stony Brook.   Freshman setter Alexandra Rieckhoff, who won Rookie of the Week honors earlier this season, tallied a career-high 52 assists while adding 13 digs, a kill and two block assists.

Yale swept Brown in both matches last season.

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