The Bulldogs opened the second half of the Ivy League season with a variety of standout performances in 3-1 win at Brown on Friday night.
Izzy Simqu had 10 blocks, including four solos, and first-year Yurkia Boyd delivered 27 digs, one of the highest totals in an Ivy League four-set match this season, to headline a balanced box score for the Bulldogs who maintained their one-match edge atop the conference standings. Yale posted its highest blocking total of the season -- 14 -- and let its hitting do the rest in the final two sets.
The scores of the match were 20-25, 25-23, 25-12 and 25-11. With the win the Bulldogs swept the season series from Brown and improved to 7-1 in the Ivy League.
Senior captain Kelsey Crawford added a double-double with 24 assists and 16 digs.
Kaitlyn Gibbons opened the second set with a kill to jumpstart the Bulldogs. The senior finished with nine kills, 12 digs and hit .308.
Kott and Kathryn Attar followed with kills and Yale was off to a 4-1 lead. The Bulldogs never trailed the rest of the set.
In the third set, Tristin Kott (11 kills) began a run with a kill to tie the set and four. Yale scored eight of the next 11 points, with Kott again in the mix.
Simqu and Kott combined on block assists for two straight Yale points and the Bulldogs led 7-5. Simqu (six kills) extended Yale's lead to 8-5 with a kill and the Bulldogs would finish the third hitting .444 for the set.
The Bulldogs used three blocks early in the fourth set and let the hitting do the rest. Simqu had three block assists, connecting once each with Crawford and Attar, and added a solo in the first 10 points to lead Yale to a 10-2.
At one point, the Bulldogs led 21-5 in the final set.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will take on Princeton and Penn in road matches. Princeton defeated Penn earlier tonight to remain in second place with a 6-2 league mark.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity