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Bulldogs Look to Continue Home Dominance This Weekend

Tristin Kott.
Tristin Kott.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Lee Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

New Haven, CT

Columbia (5-7, 0-3 Ivy) at Yale (8-4, 2-1 Ivy)

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lee Amphitheater, 5 p.m.

New Haven, CT

Cornell at Yale 

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs have won 55 of their last 57 Ivy League home matches as they welcome Columbia and Cornell to New Haven this weekend.

Yale (8-4, 2-1 Ivy) dropped a four-setter to Princeton last Saturday after beginning the weekend with a victory over Penn last Friday.  It was Tigers first victory in New Haven since 2007.

First-year Kathryn Attar earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors, while juniors Kate Swanson and Kelley Wirth landed spots on the league's weekly honor roll. 

Attar had a season-high 19 kills, added 10 digs and hit .368 in a 3-1 over Penn on Friday night. Attar accounted for the first four Yale points of the deciding fourth set against Penn. She followed it up with 12 digs, 7 kills and 4 blocks against the Tigers on Saturday.

Swanson set a career-high for digs in a four-set match with 25 against Princeton, while Wirth averaged 3.38 kills for the weekend over eight sets. 

The Lions (5-7, 0-3 Ivy) will visit New Haven on Friday night in search of their first league victory.  Columbia has opened the season with three straight road loss to Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard. As a team, the Lions rank third in the nation in aces per set (1.89).  Reigning Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Ivy League selection Chichi Ikwuazom is hitting .354 and averaging 1.40 blocks per set in Ivy League play.

Cornell enters the weekend 5-7 overall and 1-2 in league play.  The Big Red play at Brown on Friday night.  In league play, Jenna Phelps ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage (.481) and Emily Wemhoff is second in kills per set (3.75).  As a team, the Big Red place second in blocks per set (2.50).  

Bulldog Notes:

  • Over the last four-plus seasons, the Bulldogs are 41-7 overall in New Haven and 29-2 against Ivy League teams at home.
  • Yale has won five Ivy League championships in the last seven years, and seven of the last 13
  • Kathryn Attar earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Oct. 2.  Attar became the first Bulldog to win the award since Kelley Wirth did so in 2015.
  • Junior Kate Swanson leads the conference in Ivy League-only matches with a 5.36 digs per set average.  For the entire season, she leads the Bulldogs with a 3.75 average.  
  • The Bulldogs lead the league in digs per set (17.09) in conference-only matches. 
  • Team captain Kelsey Crawford surpassed the 2,000 assist mark for her Yale career on Sept. 22 against Brown.  Crawford now has 2,043 assists and ranks ninth all time in program history.
  • Several Bulldogs in the junior class are reaching lofty career totals in several statistical categories.  Kate Swanson (879 digs), Franny Arnautou (804 assists) and Kelley Wirth (590 kills).
  • Junior Gray Malias had a career-high 13 kills, added 10 digs and hit .545 in the win over Penn last Friday.
  • Junior Kelley Wirth entered the week ranked among the leaders in the Ivy League in kills per set (3rd) and points per set (3rd).
  • Simqu is having a breakout season for the Bulldogs.  Simqu ranks first on the team in blocks per set (1.03 ) and third on the team in points per set (2.5) while hitting .350 over her first 120 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 2.8 points per set, and over two kills (2.30) and digs (2.55) per set. Daniel is third on the team in total blocks with 27 and is averaging 1.50 kills per set.  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 3.75 clip.  Kathryn Attar is averaging 2.55, while Gray Malias is at 2.31.
  • 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 262-100.  In her time at Yale, the Bulldogs own the best conference record against other Ivy League volleyball programs -- 159-40. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity