Oct. 24, 2008
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Yale volleyball team did not lose back-to-back Ivy League matches in all of 2007, and the Bulldogs were looking to continue that trend on Friday night in Ithaca, N.Y. against the Cornell Big Red. Yale did that and more, rebounding in impressive fashion with a 3-0 sweep to earn sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 12-4 overall and 6-1 in Ivy League play. Big Red fell to 6-11 overall and 5-2 in league contests.
Senior setter Ally Mendenhall led the Bulldogs' offense with a match-best 32 assists.
"Ally ran a fabulous offense tonight," said Yale Head Coach Erin Appleman. "She distributed the ball very evenly and effectively."
Junior Laurel Johnson led the balanced Yale offense with nine kills. Juniors Alexis Crusey and Cat Dailey each notched eight finishers. Freshman Taylor Cramm had six kills, and Mendenhall and freshman Bridget Hearst each recorded five.
The Bulldogs' defense also turned out in force, as they outblocked Cornell, the leading blocking team in the Ivy League, by a 7-2 margin. Cramm led the onslaught with three blocks, including one solo. Sophomore libero Kelly Ozurovich and Dailey each posted double-figure digs with 21 and 13 respectively.
The match was a one-sided affair from the first point to the last, as Big Red held only one lead: a 2-1 advantage in the second set. The Bulldogs hit .305 (42-10-105), while Cornell could muster a hitting percentage of just .088 (26-17-102).
The win was the first for Yale at Cornell since 2004, the season in which the Bulldogs won their most recent Ivy League Championship.
The Bulldogs will stay in the Empire State tomorrow for an Ivy League match at Columbia. The action begins in New York City at 4 p.m.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity