Bulldogs Overpower Harvard, 3-0

Bulldogs Overpower Harvard, 3-0

Oct. 31, 2008

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Bridget Hearst and junior Cat Dailey each racked up 10 kills to the lead the Yale volleyball team to a convincing 3-0 sweep of the Harvard Crimson at Malkin Athletic Center in Cambridge on Friday night. The win was the 100th career victory for Head Coach Erin Appleman at the helm for the Bulldogs, which happened to come on the coach's birthday. Appleman has a career record of 100-42 at Yale. She is second all-time in wins at Yale behind Peggy Scofield, who amassed 307 victories from 1986-2002.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 14-4 overall and 8-1 in Ivy League play. The Crimson fell to 8-13 on the season and 3-6 in league play.

Hearst earned her 10 kills on 16 swings without an error for a percentage of .625. She also notched seven digs and three blocks. Dailey posted a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Senior setter Ally Mendenhall led all players with 35 assists, while also compiling four kills on five attempts. Sophomore libero Kelly Ozurovich tallied a team-best 11 digs. Junior Alexis Crusey piled on with eight kills and 10 digs. The Bulldogs as a team hit .336 compared to a .147 hitting percentage for the Crimson.

"I'm extremely happy with the way we're playing right now," said Appleman of her Bulldogs, who have won 10 of their last 11 contests. "The team is playing with confidence and is executing very well".

The Bulldogs started the match on an 8-3 run in the first set, fueled by four kills from junior Laurel Johnson. Yale pieced together a series of three and four point spurts to close out the frame by a score of 25-14. Johnson totaled five kills in the frame- and eight for the match- and Hearst turned all four of her attacks into kills.

The second set was more of the same from the visiting Bulldogs. Yale scored 12 of the first 17 points in the stanza and never looked back as they won by a score of 25-16. Cramm, Hearst and Crusey each posted four kills in the set.

In the first meeting between Yale and Harvard- an Oct. 11 encounter in New Haven- the Bulldogs relinquished a 2-0 lead before knocking off the Crimson in five sets. This time, the Bulldogs closed out the Cantabs with a 25-19 set three victory. The Crimson made the set interesting, turning a 14-8 Yale lead into a slim one point margin at 18-17, but the Bulldogs overcame the threat to lock up the sweep. Dailey posted six kills in the frame to lead all players.

Yale has now won 10 straight meetings with Harvard, and four straight matches in Cambridge.

Kathryn McKinley led all players with 11 kills. Lily Durwood notched 24 assists, and Christine Wu totaled a match-best 16 digs to lead the Crimson.

The Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow afternoon in Hanover, N.H. for a 4 p.m. contest with the Big Green of Dartmouth.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity