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Bulldogs Prepare for Key Road Matches at Dartmouth, Harvard

Bulldogs Prepare for Key Road Matches at Dartmouth, Harvard

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Three weeks into the Ivy League schedule, the Bulldogs will play their first matches on the road in conference play.  Yale plays at Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday.

Yale finished up a five-match home stand with wins over Columbia and Cornell last weekend.  Entering this weekend, Yale is 4-1 in the conference and stand in second place tied with Harvard.

For the second straight week, Kathryn Attar earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.  She had a team-high 15 kills, hit .371 and added 13 digs in the 3-1 over Cornell last Saturday. Izzy Simqu had 13 kills and Tristin Kott added 10 in the win over the Big Red. 

Simqu earned a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll after leading the Bulldogs with 23 kills and nine blocks last weekend with a .526 hitting percentage.   

Several Bulldogs continue to be among the league leaders in conference matches.  Kate Swanson leads the conference in digs per set (5.06), Kelley Wirth ranks second in kills per set (3.22) and Simqu is third in hitting percentage (.395).  

As a team, Yale leads the conference in digs per set (17.00) and assists per set (14.00).  

Yale continues to spread the wealth in hitting against Ivy opponents.  Five Bulldogs average at least two kills a set:  Wirth (3.22), Attar (2.82), Simqu (2.39), Kaitlyn Gibbons (2.15) and Kott (2.00).   

Scouting Dartmouth

Last season, the Bulldogs swept both matches against the Big Green.  Dartmouth (6-8, 2-3 Ivy) leads the conference in blocks per set, with Carly Tower ranking second individually.   Last weekend, the Big Green dropped matches at Princeton and Penn.  

Scouting Harvard

The Crimson (9-5, 4-1 Ivy) will host Brown on Friday.  They enter the weekend 5-3 overall at home.  Yale split its matches with Harvard last season with both teams winning their home courts.   Grace Roberts Burbank leads the team with a 2.68 kills per set average. 

Bulldog Notes:

  • Over the last four-plus seasons, the Bulldogs are 43-7 overall in New Haven and 31-2 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. 9. for the second straight week.  
  • 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 (17.00) 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 2,069 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 (911 digs), Franny Arnautou (870 assists) and Kelley Wirth (608 kills).
  • Junior Kelley Wirth entered the week ranked among the leaders in the Ivy League in kills per set (2nd) and points per set (2nd).
  • Simqu is having a breakout season for the Bulldogs.  Simqu ranks first on the team in total blocks (42) and third on the team in points per set (2.8) while hitting .392 over her first 158 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 2.9 points per set, and over two kills (2.39) and digs (2.54) 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 3.87 clip.  Kathryn Attar is averaging 2.54, while Gray Malias is at 2.18.
  • 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 264-100.  In her time at Yale, the Bulldogs own the best conference record against other Ivy League volleyball programs -- 161-40.