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Penn, Princeton Visit New Haven This Weekend

Kaitlyn Gibbons.
Kaitlyn Gibbons.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Lee Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

New Haven, CT

Penn (5-5, 0-1 Ivy) at Yale (7-3, 1-0 Ivy)

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Lee Amphitheater, 5 p.m.

New Haven, CT

Princeton at Yale 

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The first doubleheader weekend of Ivy play brings Penn and Princeton to New Haven.  

The Bulldogs extended their home win streak to open the season with a 3-0 win over Brown last Friday.  WIth the win, Yale improved to 4-0 this season at home.  

With a combination of timely hitting, and solid defense, the Bulldogs swept the Bears.  Yale held a 47-31 advantage in digs led by Kate Swanson's team-high 15.  

Tristin Kott and Shreya Dixit combined for 12 kills without making an error, and Kelley Wirth led the Bulldogs with 13 kills for the match.  Dixit added two solo blocks and two block assists.

The Bulldogs last season went 3-1 against Penn and Princeton, including giving the Tigers their only Ivy loss.  Against Penn, the Bulldogs won both matches 3-0.

Penn (5-5, 0-1) dropped a 3-0 decision last weekend to Princeton.  The Quakers are led by Parker Jones, who ranks fifth in the Ivy League in kills, while Kendall Covington is second in the conference with a .385 hitting percentage. 

Katie Schumacher-Cawley, in her first year as head coach at Penn, graduated from Penn State in 2002 and played for Yale head coach Erin Appleman, who was an assistant with the Nittany Lions at the time.

The Tigers enter the weekend 8-3 overall and 1-0 in Ivy play.  Princeton plays at Brown on Friday night. 

Princeton ranks in the top half of the league in almost every statistical category.  Natasha Skov leads the  Ivy League in kills and points, while Jessie Harris leads the conference in assists. Maggie O'Connell is second in the conference with a 3.89 kills per set average.

Bulldog Notes:

  • Over the last four-plus seasons, the Bulldogs are 40-6 overall in New Haven and 28-1 against Ivy League teams at home.
  • Yale has won five Ivy League championships in the last seven years, and seven of the last 13
  • Team captain Kelsey Crawford surpassed the 2,000 assist mark for her Yale career last Friday against Brown.  Crawford now has 2,014 assists and ranks ninth all time in program history.
  • Junior Shreya Dixit and sophomore Tristin Kott had the highest hitting percentages of any Ivy Leaguer last week. Dixit hit .857 with six kills on seven swings without an error, while Kott hit .545 with six kills without making an error on 11 swings.  
  • Senior Kaitlyn Gibbons went for season highs in digs (8) and kills (5) last weekend against Brown.
  • Through 10 matches, including five against Power 5 opponents, junior Kelley Wirth entered the week ranked among the leaders in the Ivy League in kills per set (3rd), points (3rd), and hitting percentage (10th).
  • Simqu is having a breakout season for the Bulldogs.  Simqu ranks first on the team in blocks per set (1.08) andsecond on the team in points per set (2.6) while hitting .361 over her first 83 attacks. 
  • The Bulldogs finished their non-conference schedule with a 6-3 mark, with two of the losses coming to ranked teams  (No. 2 Penn State and then-No. 18 USC).  Over the last three years, the Bulldogs are 18-9 against teams outside the Ivy League.
  • First-year student-athletes Kathryn Attar and Destiny Daniel are off to standout starts.  Attar is averaging 2.5 points per set, and over two kills (2.06) and digs (2.50) per set. Daniel leads the team in total blocks with 26 and ranks ninth in the Ivy League with a .296 hitting percentage.  Daniel has gone for six blocks in a match twice -- the highest total for a Bulldog this season.
  • Three different Bulldogs are averaging over two digs per set, led by Kate Swanson who leads the team at a 3.31 clip.  Kathryn Attar is averaging 2.50, while Gray Malias is at 2.32.
  • Yale has defeated a Power 5 opponent in each of the past three seasons, including two this year.  Yale beat Clemson in New Haven on September 2, and swept Wake Forest on September 16 in University Park, Pa.
  • Yale head coach Erin Appleman is in her 15th season at the helm of the Bulldogs.  She has a career record of 261-99.  In her time at Yale, the Bulldogs own the best conference record against other Ivy League volleyball programs -- 158-39.