NEW HAVEN -- Brittani Steinberg seemed to like playing against Columbia this year, and on Saturday evening, she led Yale to a 3-1 win over the Lions.
Earlier this season, Steinberg had 20 kills at Columbia. Steinberg tonight had a match-high 17 kills, hit .308 and put up big points in a match Yale won, and had to have, to keep up in the Ivy League standings.
The Bulldogs remained in second place with an 8-2 league mark, while Princeton still stands in first at 10-0. Yale won its eighth straight match and third overall.
After dropping the first set, the Bulldogs (15-4, 8-2 Ivy) asserted themselves and took the next three. Yale finished off the match on a strong note, hitting .391 in the fourth and jumping out to a 17-9 following a kill from Gibbons.
Gibbons came through in the third set as the Bulldogs. She tied the set at 21, launched a kill to stave off set point for Columbia, and after two straight errors from the Lions, Gibbons joined Shreya Dixit on a block to take the set.
After Yale grabbed the third set, it came out swinging in the fourth. Arnautou set up Dixit for a kill to give the Bulldogs a 10-3 lead and never looked back.
Steinberg served up one of her two aces in the match, and Gibbons followed with a kill, to give Yale its largest lead of the set at 17-9.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will host Princeton on Friday, and honor the team's senior prior to a Saturday home match against Penn.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity