Bulldogs Close Out First Half of Ivy Schedule with Loss at Princeton

Brittani Steinberg (photo credit: Steve Musco)
Brittani Steinberg (photo credit: Steve Musco)

Steinberg Leads Bulldogs With Nine Kills

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Despite a team-high nine kills from Brittani Steinberg, the Bulldogs dropped a 3-0 decision at Princeton on Saturday evening.  

With the loss, Yale fell into a second-place tie with Columbia in the Ivy League standings.  Princeton stands alone atop the conference standings at the official midway point of the Ivy schedule. 

The scores of the match were 25-17, 25-16 and 25-19.  

Yale (12-4, 5-2 Ivy) kept with the Tigers halfway through the first set.  Shreya Dixit and Kelley Wirth combined on block assists to cut Princeton's lead to 15-14. 

Princeton (13-3, 7-0 Ivy) went on a 10-3 run to close out the first set, paced by Maggie O'Connell, who led all hitters with 13 kills and a .370 hitting percentage.

In the second set, Yale bounced back to take a 5-1 lead.  Two kills from Claire Feeley, a kill from Dixit, and an ace from Franny Arnautou gave Yale a fast start.  

The Tigers slowly cut into Yale's lead and eventual overtook the Bulldogs.  

After a kill from Tristin Kott gave Yale a 7-4 lead, the Tigers went on a run.  The Tigers scored 14 of the next 18 points. 

The third set was similar for the Bulldogs.  Kott and Wirth went back to back with kills to give Yale a quick 2-0 lead.  With the set tied at four, Princeton scored eight of the next 10 points to take control of the set and eventually the match.  

The Bulldogs recorded the same number of digs (49) as the Tigers, however Princeton's offensive attack delivered 14 more kills than Yale.  Kate Swanson lead Yale with 14 digs. 

Yale will return to action on Friday to host Brown at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity