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Swanson Posts Season-High 25 Digs in Loss to Princeton

Kate Swanson.
Kate Swanson.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- For only the second time in their last 31 Ivy home matches, the Bulldogs didn't have an answer.

Yale came out swinging and took the first set from Princeton, the defending Ivy champs.  The Tigers delivered the counterpunch and became the second Ivy League team to win a match in New Haven over the last four seasons.

The scores of the match were 23-25, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-22.  

Kelley Wirth had a team-high 15 kills for the Bulldogs, while Franny Arnautou dished out 32 assists and added 15 digs. Kate Swanson had a season-high 25 digs -- and the highest total for the junior in a four-set collegiate match. 

Wirth had three kills over Yale's last six points of the first set. Arnautou set up Wirth for set point to deliver the first game to the Bulldogs, who entered the match 5-0 at home this season.  

With the second set tied at 19-19, Princeton's Natasha Skov put up consecutive kills to give the Tigers the space they needed to close out the game.

The Tigers (10-3, 3-0 Ivy) kept up the pace in the third and scored four of the first five points and never trailed in the set.  

The Bulldogs didn't quit.  Yale led by two late in the final set.

Wirth's final kill gave Yale a 19-18 lead in the fourth. Kathryn Attar (seven kills, 12 digs) pushed Yale's lead to 21-19 before the Tigers scored six of the final seven points of the set.

Izzy Simqu finished with nine kills for Yale, while Kaitlyn Gibbons added eight.  

With the win, Princeton takes an early one-match lead in the Ivy League standings.  Princeton improved to 3-0 in conference play, while Yale fell to 2-1.

Yale is now 29-2 against Ivy League competition in New Haven over its last 31 matches. 

The Bulldogs host Columbia and Cornell next weekend.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity