Yale Sweeps Brown in Ivy Home Opener

Oct. 4, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Just as they have done in the previous five years of Head Coach Erin Appleman's tenure, the Yale volleyball earned a victory in their Ivy League home opener. The Bulldogs wrapped up their weekend home-and-home series against Brown on Saturday night from the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, sweeping the visiting Bears by set scores of 25-12, 25-18 and 25-19.

Yale is now 8-3 overall and 2-0 in Ivy League play. The Bears fell to 8-6, 0-2 in league matches, with the loss.

Junior Alexis Crusey led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 kills. She also notched a match-high 13 digs to record her third straight double-double. Junior Cat Dailey joined Crusey in double-figure kills with 11. Freshman Taylor Cramm was next in line with nine kills and six blocks. Junior Laurel Johnson racked up kills on nine attempts with just one error for a .778 hitting percentage. Senior captain Ally Mendenhall posted a season-high 44 assists.

"We passed exceptionally well tonight," said Coach Appleman, "And that allowed Ally to run an very effective offense."

Appleman also praised freshman Laurel Casey, who stepped in as the starting libero for the second consecutive match. "Laurel stepped up for us; her defense set a good tone for the way our offense played."

The Bulldogs' offense hit an impressive clip of .393 (54-10-112), including a stellar .548 (19-2-31) in the second set. Brown hit .125 (28-14-112) for the match, with only four of nine players with an attempt amassing a positive hitting percentage.

Yale will continue its trek through the Ivy League with a pair of home matches next weekend. First, Dartmouth visits the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, a 4 p.m. match with Harvard will highlight the Bulldogs' official 30th Anniversary Celebration.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity