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Bulldogs Beat Harvard, Complete Weekend Road Sweep

Kelley Wirth, left, and Izzy Simqu.
Kelley Wirth, left, and Izzy Simqu.

The Bulldogs completed a weekend road sweep with a 3-1 win at Harvard on Saturday evening.

The scores of the match were 25-19, 22-25, 25-19 and 25-20.  A night after knocking off Dartmouth in Hanover, Yale picked up where it left off by hitting .370 in the first set against the Crimson and never looked back.

With the win, the Bulldogs (12-4, 6-1 Ivy) took over sole possession of first place.  Princeton dropped its match at Columbia on Saturday and fell into a second-place tie with Harvard.  

"I thought we were very focused tonight," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "Many players stepped up."

A night after Tristin Kott posted a season-high in kills in the win at Dartmouth, Yale had another different star tonight.  First-year Chiara Spain had season-highs with six kills and six blocks with a .417 hitting percentage to lift the Bulldogs to their first win at Harvard since 2014.  

The two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week Kathryn Attar added to her first-year resume with a team-high 14 kills, while Tristin Kott added 12 kills and Kelley Wirth had nine.

Attar gave Yale its biggest lead in the third set, 10-4, with a kill setup by Kelsey Crawford.  Harvard scored the next five points, then Izzy Simqu and Kott came up with block assists to stop the Crimson rally.

Kott gave Yale a 12-10 lead, and on the next point Wirth and Spain combined for a block.  A kill by Wirth made it 14-11, then Yale added two more points on blocks -- another from Wirth and Spain, and one from Megan Rasmussen and Spain.

Attar and Spain capped a 10-3 run in the fourth set with block assists to give Yale a commanding 18-11 lead.  Attar closed out the match with the final two points, both on kills. 

Kate Swanson had a team-high 18 digs, while Crawford had a team-best 25 assists.  Simqu added seven service aces -- the highest amount in one match in an Ivy League match this season.  

Yale had a total of 16 block assists tonight -- its largest total since matching that amount against USC on Sept. 9.  

The Bulldogs return to action on Friday at Brown.  Yale defeated the Bears, 3-1, earlier this year on Sept 22.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity