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Bulldogs Down Columbia, 3-0

Frances Arnautou.
Frances Arnautou.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs hit over .320 in the first two sets, and outlasted Columbia in the third to complete a sweep on Friday night.

Izzy Simqu delivered at the net with 10 kills and a .500 hitting percentage with four blocks, and Kelley Wirth added 11 kills to secure the victory. The scores of the match were 25-22, 25-14 and 31-29.  

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 3-1 in league play and 9-4 overall. 

After cruising through most of the first two sets, the Bulldogs had to battle to take the third.   Tristin Kott and Megan Rasmussen bookended a 4-0 run to give the Bulldogs a 22-21 lead.

Columbia (5-8. 0-4 Ivy) scored the next two points before Rasmussen and Wirth went back to back with kills to put Yale at match point.   From there, the set would be tied five more times.  

Kott broke a 29-29 tie with a kill and a Columbia error ended the match.  

Along with the big points, the Bulldogs also were lifted by their defense.  Yale held a 45-36 edge in digs, led by Kate Swanson who had 14 to lead the team.  

In the first set, Kaitlyn Gibbons (9 kills, 8 digs) created some distance for the Bulldogs and capped a 3-0 run to give Yale a 23-20 lead.  Kills by Simqu and Kathyrn Attar -- both set up by Franny Arnautou -- closed out the set.  

Arnautou finished with a season-high 40 assists.  

The second set was all Bulldogs.  Yale jumped out to a 6-0 lead with a kill and ace from Wirth, and blocks on two points -- one from Simqu and Arnautou, and another from Simqu and Gibbons.  Attar added a solo block later in the set to increase the lead to 9-2.  

The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow to face Cornell at 5 p.m.  The Big Red defeated Brown 3-1 on Friday night.

Bulldog Bites:

For the second straight match, Kaitlyn Gibbons set a season-high with nine kills...Gibbons had eight last Saturday against Princeton....Kelley Wirth surpassed the 600-kill mark in her Yale career and now has 601...Yale has 56 of their last 58 Ivy League home matches...Franny Arnautou's 40 assists tonight were a collegiate career-best in a three-set match. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity