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Balanced Attack Leads Bulldogs Over Delaware

Balanced Attack Leads Bulldogs Over Delaware

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale came at Delaware from many directions -- and hitters -- and swept the Blue Hens on Friday night.  The scores of the match were 25-18, 25-17 and 25-14.

Four different Bulldogs had at least 10 attacks, led by first-year Kathryn Attar who delivered a team-high seven kills on 13 swings.  Attar added 10 digs, three blocks and two service aces while hitting .462.

Kelley Wirth and Tristin Kott, both all-Ivy selections last season, both had six kills respectively for the Bulldogs, who opened the season with a win for the third straight season.  First-year Destiny Daniel had six kills and added a team-best five blocks in her first collegiate match.  

Eight different Bulldogs had at least one kill, with captain Kelsey Crawford (17 assists) and Franny Arnautou (11 assists) both distributing the ball.  Yale seemed to click more as the match went on, and jumped out to an 18-6 lead in the third set.  Yale hit .302 in the final set, with Daniel producing five kills and hitting .714 while eight different Bulldogs producing a kill.  

Kate Swanson had a team-high 15 digs on defense, while the Bulldogs held a 51-42 edge in digs. 

In the first set, Kott broke a nine-all tie as Yale rattled off five straight points to take the lead.  The run was capped by block assists from Chiara Spain and Attar to make it 14-9.  

Kott closed out the set with kills on Yale's last two points.

Yale's frontline dominated in the second set, as the Bulldogs created distance early with blocks on consecutive points.  Daniel and Attar combined to make it 7-4, while Megan Rasmussen and Daniel produced the next point with a block.  

The Bulldogs return to the court for two matches tomorrow.  Yale plays Rhode Island at 10 a.m., and takes on Clemson at 7 p.m. 

Earlier tonight, Rhode Island defeated Clemson 3-1.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity