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Bulldogs Drop Five-Setter at Penn

Kathryn Attar.
Kathryn Attar.

The Bulldogs dropped their first five-set match of the season at Penn on Saturday evening.

Kathyn Attar matched her season-best with 19 kills and Yale battled to force a fifth set in Philadelphia a night after defeating second-place Princeton.  The Bulldogs remain in first, one match ahead of Princeton with four left in the season. 

Penn hit .500 in the deciding set without an error to send Yale to its first loss in seven matches.  

After a Yurika Boyd service ace tied the fifth at 7-7, Penn scored the next two points. Penn upped its lead to three, before Shreya Dixit and Tristin Kott connected on back to back kills. 

Attar kept Yale close.  After Yale fell behind 13-10, Attar came through on two straight points with kills.  

Penn had an answer.  Parker Jones delivered a kill to put the Quakers at match point and kept Yale out of reach.  

Yale (14-5, 8-2) started the match on fire with a 10-3 lead.  Later in the set, Kott and Attar had kills, and Izzy Simqu and Kelley Wirth combined on block assists to push Yale's lead to 17-9. 

After dropping the second and third sets, the Bulldogs forced a fifth set with big points.  Attar knotted the set at 23-23, and gave Yale the lead on the next point.  

The teams traded points until Wirth broke a 25-all tie, and an error by the Quakers gave Yale the set.

Kate Swanson finished with a match-high 25 digs for the Bulldogs .

Yale closes out its home next weekend with matches against Harvard and Dartmouth.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity