Bulldogs Continue Home Stand, Face Harvard and Dartmouth This Weekend

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs look to build off their Ivy League season-opening victory with matches against Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend.
The Bulldogs host Harvard on Friday at 7 p.m. and Dartmouth on Saturday at 5 p.m.
 
Yale improved to 7-3 overall with a 3-0 win over Brown last weekend and continued the theme of a balanced attack - on offense and defense.  The Bulldogs received contributions throughout the lineup. 
Kelly Johnson and Brittani Steinberg both posted a match-high with nine kills, while McHaney Carter and Kendall Polan added eight.  Polan, the two-time reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, had an all-around solid match with a .462 hitting percentage, 10 digs and a match-high 23 assists.

Yale led 44-22 in kills and hit .378 in the match's final set.  

Maddie Rudnick was one of four Bulldogs with at least 10 digs. Rudnick finished with a match-high 14, followed by Steinberg (11), Polan (10) and Mollie Rogers (10).  Five Bulldogs had at least one block assist - led by Carter. The team leader in blocks with 27 total, Carter added another impressive performance at the net with four block assists and a solo block to go along with .375 hitting percentage and three digs.  

Yale has five hitters averaging at least two kills per set - Mollie Rogers (2.71), Steinberg (2.44), Jesse Ebner (2.40), Johnson (2.09) and Carter (2.04).

Ebner (.380) ranks first in the Ivy League in hitting percentage, while Carter ranks second with at .366.  The Bulldogs own the top team htting percentage at .260 within the conference - while this weekend's opponents - Harvard (.205) and Dartmouth (.204) rank second and third respectively.  

As a team, Yale begins the week as the Ivy League leader in hitting percentage, kills, assists, and service aces.

Scouting the Opponents

Harvard (6-4, 1-0 Ivy) swept Dartmouth last weekend for the first time since 2004.  Harvard freshman Corinne Bain had seven kills, 14 digs and 26 assists in the three-set win. Bain joins Yale's Kendall Polan among the nation's leaders in aces per set.  Bain has a 0.63 average and ranks fourth overall, while Polan brings a 0.60 average into the week and ranks sixth in the country.  Kathleen Wallace leads the Crimson with 2.35 kills per set. 

Dartmouth (7-6, 0-1 Ivy) enters play this week as the team conference leader in blocks per set and digs per set.  The Big Green dropped a 3-0 decision on Tuesday night to wrap its non-conference schedule.  Molly Kornfeind (2.51), Emily Astarita (2.41) and Paige Caridi (2.40) and Elisa Scudder (2.03) are the top offensive threats for Dartmouth.  On defense, Scudder enters the week ranked eighth in the nation in blocks per set with a 1.49 average.