Sept. 12, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale volleyball team started its 2008 season in dominant fashion on Friday night, sweeping the Boston College Eagles, 3-0. The match was the Bulldogs' first of three in this weekend's Yale Invitational at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven.
Yale has now started out at 1-0 for the fourth consecutive season. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 3-4.
"Our passing was terrific," said Yale Head Coach Erin Appleman. "I am extremely pleased with our overall effort."
Leading that effort was junior Alexis Crusey, a 2007 first team All-Ivy selection. Crusey tied for the match-high with 14 kills, and rounded out her statline with two assists, six digs and two blocks. Junior Cat Dailey fell one dig short of a double-double her Yale debut, as she notched 13 kills and nine digs. Senior captain Ally Mendenhall posted a double-double with 35 assists and 13 digs. Mendenhall also tied for the match-high with two service aces. Sophomore libero Kelly Ozurovich matched her senior captain for the team high with 13 digs.
The Eagles proved much tougher to put away in a second set that included six ties. Boston College never relented, but ultimately failed to overcome five kills apiece by Crusey and Dailey as Yale took the set 25-23.
The third was another battle, with Boston College jumping out to an early four point lead at 9-5. The Bulldogs never pieced together a long run in what would prove to be the final frame, but the squad consistently chipped away at the Eagles' lead and eventually claimed an 18-17 advantage that they would not relinquish. Cat Dailey's 13th and final kill ended the match with the Bulldogs taking a 25-23 win. Crusey totaled six kills to lead Yale in the third set, while Dailey added five kills and five digs.
Jordan Meredith and Taylor Williams led the way for Boston College, as each posted a double-double. Meredith racked up 14 kills and a match-best 14 digs, and Williams totaled 12 kills and 13 digs.
In the first match of the Yale Invitational, Hofstra knocked off Colgate in a five-set showdown. The Bulldogs will face both teams tomorrow. Yale challenges Colgate at 1 p.m. and then squares off with Hofstra at 7 p.m. to wrap-up the event. GameTracker live stats and live audio and video will be available for both matches at www.yalebulldogs.com.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity