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On Senior Night, All Four Lead Yale to Victory

Tori Shepherd
Tori Shepherd

Bulldogs Extend Home Win Streak to 10 in 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- On a night Yale volleyball celebrated its four seniors, each one had a part in the Bulldogs' sweep of Penn on Saturday night. 

A day after the Bulldogs knocked off first-place Princeton, Yale kept pace with another win.  Princeton also win at Brown to remain one match ahead of the Bulldogs in the league standings with two matches left in the Ivy season.

The scores of the match were 25-14, 26-24 and 25-20, as Yale extended its unbeaten streak at home to 10 matches this season.  

"Finishing the Ivy League season undefeated at home is a great accomplishment," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.   

The senior class improved to 44-10 in Ivy League play, including a 35-6 home mark.  Saturday night they closed out the home portion of their Ivy careers and finished with a 27-1 record against conference teams. 

Yale seniors Claire Feeley, Tori Shepherd, Brittani Steinberg and Lucy Tashman all contributed. Feeley had seven kills, Shepherd had 10 digs, Steinberg had nine kills and Tashman had two blocks.  

Kelley Wirth had one of her best matches of the season with 14 kills, hit .462 with six digs and three aces.  

"Kelley had a great match tonight," Appleman added. 

The Bulldogs (17-4, 10-2 Ivy) came out strong with a .483 hitting percentage in the first set with 16 kills on 29 swings with only two errors.  

The second set went to extra points and it was two seniors in the middle of the victory.  Feeley gave the Bulldogs a 24-22 lead, before Penn scored the next two points.  Yale capitalized on an error to take the lead, and Shepherd delivered an ace on set point. 

"Seeing Tori out there in the libero uniform tonight was very special," Appleman said.

Seniors also came through on match point with Steinberg and Tashman combining on block assists. 

The Bulldogs close out the regular season with road matches at Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity