The Bulldogs knew their pre-conference schedule would be tough -- full of travel, Power Five opponents and nationally ranked teams. Friday's matchup at No. 2 Penn State fit the theme for their September schedule so far.
Penn State, one of the most successful volleyball programs in the country, looked like it in a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs on Friday night at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa. The scores of the match were 25-9, 25-21 and 25-11.
After a lopsided first set, the Bulldogs became the third opponent in eight matches this season to hit over .350 in a set against Penn State -- No. 4 Stanford and Texas A&M were the first two. Yale outhit Penn State in the set and pushed the Nittany Lions to the brink.
Kelley Wirth struck for her third straight kill and gave the Bulldogs a 12-10 lead. Wirth led the Bulldogs with 13 kills.
Later in the set, Wirth kept Yale close with another kill to trim Penn State's lead to 21-20. Penn State (8-0) would go on to score five of the last six points of the set.
Franny Arnautou assisted on 21 of Yale's 29 kills and Kate Swanson led the Bulldogs with seven digs. Kathryn Atttar, Destiny Daniel and Izzy Simqu all had four kills each for the Bulldogs, who have two more challenging opponents tomorrow.
Yale will face Ohio (6-6) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and return to the court to take on Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Wake defeated Ohio, 3-1, on Friday evening and improved to 8-2 overall.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicty