NOTEBOOK: Yale Seizes Opportunities During Trip in D.C.

The Bulldogs view the rotunda during a tour of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs made the most of their weekend trip to Washington, D.C. -- on and off the court.

The road trip epitomized all the unique opportunities the Yale Volleyball Program has to offer - high-level volleyball and rare educational experiences.  

Yale won two of three matches, including a hard-fought loss to then-No. 8 Stanford.  The Bulldogs improved to 4-2 overall with wins over Air Force and Army.  

But, make no mistake, this trip was more than volleyball matches.  

The team's visit to the Nation's Capital included tours of D.C.'s most iconic buildings. The team received a behind-the-scenes look inside the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol Building - and learned about the history of the U.S. Government.  

Ally Mendenhall '09, a former Yale captain and two-time team MVP, gave the Bulldogs a tour of the Capitol Building.  Mendenhall now works as a legislative assistant for a U.S. Senator.  

In addition, the trip allowed current Bulldogs to connect with past greats of the Yale Volleyball Program.  Shannon Farrell '07 and Laurel Johnson '10, along with Mendenhall, visited with the team following the victory over Air Force on Friday evening. 

Yale will have another chance to face one of the country's best teams - Yale plays at the Penn State Tournament this weekend.  Penn State was ranked No. 3 in the most recent AVCA Poll. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity