Oct. 25, 2008
NEW YORK, N.Y. - One day after they claimed sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with a sweep at Cornell, the Yale volleyball team proved just why they sit atop the standings with a dominant 3-0 sweep at Columbia. Yale took the match by scores of 25-8, 25-20 and 25-11.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 13-4 overall and 7-1 in Ivy League play. The Lions fell to 6-12 overall and remain winless in league play at 0-8.
"It was important for us to maintain our momentum after winning at Cornell last night," said Yale Head Coach Erin Appleman. "I'm pleased that we played so well on a tough road trip."
Juniors Alexis Crusey and Cat Dailey each posted 11 kills to lead all players. The Bulldogs' two outside hitters also tallied 11 and 10 digs respectively. Crusey hit .360, while Dailey did not commit an error en route to hitting .344. Senior setter Ally Mendenhall, the captain of the 2008 Bulldogs, distributed a match-high 30 assists. Sophomore libero Kelly Ozurovich led Yale with 16 digs.
The Bulldogs started the first set on a 9-1 run and never looked back. The team hit a crushing .457 in the stanza without committing an error. The Lions hit -.029 for the frame, committing six errors compared to five kills.
The second set was more of the same from Yale, though the Lions came out much stronger. The Bulldogs hit .217 in the frame, and seven attack errors kept Columbia close as the visitors claimed a five-point win.
Yale closed out the match with another dominant performance in the third set. The Bulldogs were once again error-free, hitting .391 in the stanza. Columbia had seven kills and seven errors for a .000 hitting percentage.
Amalia Viti, the kills leader in the Ivy League, led Columbia win nine finishers, Alex Marchyshyn had 16 assists to lead the Lions, and Ellie Thomas recorded a match-best 18 digs.
The win was the 13th consecutive victory for the Bulldogs over Columbia. Coach Appleman ran her career record to 11-0 against the Lions.
The Bulldogs will stay on the road next weekend as they trek to Harvard and Dartmouth for a weekend series. The Crimson will host Yale on Friday night for a 7 p.m. match. The team then heads to Hanover, N.H. for a 4 p.m. contest with Big Green.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity