Yale Invitational Kicks Off 2008 Season

Sept. 11, 2008

The 30th Anniversary season for the Yale volleyball team begins this weekend as the Bulldogs host the 2008 Yale Invitational. Non-conference opponents Boston College, Colgate and Hofstra will make the trip to the John J. Lee Amphitheater for the weekend-long event. All six matches of the Yale Invitational will feature live statistics via GameTracker, and all three Yale matches will be broadcast live via Yale All*Access. Both features are available at www.yalebulldogs.com.

Colgate and Hofstra will start up the event with a match on Friday at 5 p.m. The Raiders from Colgate enter the weekend with a record of 3-3. Colgate won two of three matches at the Colgate Classic on Aug. 29 and 30, and took one of three matches at the Duke Invitational this past weekend. The Raiders, selected to finish third of eight teams in the Patriot League preseason poll, are led by senior captain Katrina Zawojski, who has averaged 3.92 kills through 25 sets played this season.

Hofstra is 2-4, having most recently dropped three matches at the Holiday Inn L.A. City Center Trojan Invitational hosted by Southern California. The Colonial Athletic Association preseason coaches poll tabbed the Pride at sixth of 10 teams. Junior outside hitter Harmonie Calinda leads Hofstra with 3.57 kills per set. Junior setter Chrissey Cruz has contributed 9.24 assists per set.

The Bulldogs kick off their 2008 season at 7 p.m. on Friday against the Boston College Eagles from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Returning to lead Yale on the court is two-time All-Ivy first team selection Alexis Crusey. Crusey, now a junior, collected 340 kills for an average of 4.05 kills per game in the 2007 campaign as an outside hitter. Her total of 330 digs was second only to sophomore libero Kelly Ozurovich's 449. An All-Ivy second team selection in 2007, Ozurovich also served up 41 aces in her freshman campaign for Yale. Two-time All-Ivy second team selection Ally Mendenhall, the starting setter, steps into the role of captain of the 2008 Bulldogs. The senior dished out 1087 assists for a Bulldog offense that average 15 kills a game in 2007.

The Eagles from Boston College are 3-3 thus far in the 2008 season. The Chestnut Hill, Mass. squad defeated Stony Brook and lost to South Carolina and Rhode Island at the Ram Classic last weekend. Freshman outside hitter Jordan Meredith leads the team in kills with 3.12 per set and is second on the club in digs with 2.00 per set. Boston College was slotted to finish 11th out of 12 teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason coaches' poll.

On Saturday, Yale will challenge Colgate at 1 p.m. and Hofstra at 7 p.m. In other Saturday action, Boston College and Hofstra will square off at 11 a.m., and Colgate will challenge the Eagles at 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs won the 2007 Yale Invitational, sweeping Rhode Island, Maine and Sacred Heart in the event. Alexis Crusey was named the Most Valuable Player, and teammates Courtney Hall and Laurel Johnson joined her on the all-tournament team.

Friday
GameTracker for Colgate vs. Hofstra, 5 p.m.
GameTracker and Live Video for Yale vs. Boston College, 7 p.m.

Saturday
GameTracker for Boston College vs. Hofstra, 11 a.m.
GameTracker and Live Video for Yale vs. Colgate, 1 p.m.
GameTracker for Boston College vs. Colgate, 5 p.m.
GameTracker and Live Video for Yale vs. Hofstra, 7 p.m.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity

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