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Bulldogs Down UC Santa Barbara in Day One of California Trip

Kathryn Attar.
Kathryn Attar.

The Bulldogs defeated host UC Santa Barbara, 3-1, on Friday and dropped a match to Arkansas later in the day. 

Izzy Simqu notched a career-high 12 kills, and Kathryn Attar added 11 kills and 12 digs as the Bulldogs defeated the host Gauchos in the first match of the day. 

Kelley Wirth, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, went for 10 kills.  It was the third time Wirth has reached double figures in Yale's first four matches. 

Freshman Destiny Daniels continued to be a force at the net with 10 kills, three solo blocks, three block assists, and a .444 hitting percentage.  

The scores of the match were 25-23, 26-24, 26-28 and 25-23.  

Attar delivered the final point in each of the first two sets.  After a length rally in the first set, Attar struck the ball cross court from the right side to close it out. 

Gray Malias had a team-best 13 digs and added three service aces. 

The Bulldogs dropped a match later in the day, 3-0, to Arkansas. 

The Razorbacks (7-2), who dropped a five-setter to No. 19 USC earlier in the day, outlasted the Bulldogs in a marathon 33-31 first set.  Both teams had multiple opportuntiies to close out the set, and Attar tied the set one final time for the Bulldogs at 31-31 before the Razorbacks took the final two points. 

Tristin Kott had 12 kills without an error on 24 swings to hit .500 for the match.  Wirth added 11 kills and hit .409.  

The Bulldogs (4-1) remained consistent at the net, outblocking the Razorbacks by three total team blocks.  Simqu led the way for Yale with four block assists.  

Franny Arnautou led the Bulldogs with 19 assists, while Malias had a team-best eight digs. 

Yale returns to action tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time to face No. 19 USC.  It will mark the first time the two programs have met since the 2011 NCAA Tournament.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity