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Seniors Go Out in Style in Final Home Match

Megan Rasmussen. (photo credit: Steve Musco)
Megan Rasmussen. (photo credit: Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --  Yale's seniors played their final match at home on Saturday evening, and they went out in style.

All three played and contributed to a sweep of Dartmouth as the Bulldogs remained tied at the top of the Ivy League standings with two matches left to play.  The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-17 and 25-23.

The Bulldogs are tied with Princeton with a 9-3 Ivy League record with two matches left to play.

"Tonight was a real team effort," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said. "I thought we ended the weekend playing some solid volleyball."

Prior to the match, senior captain Kelsey Crawford, Kaitlyn Gibbons and Megan Rasmussen were honored.  Crawford had a team-best 21 assists, while Gibbons had four kills and Rasmussen added two more in their final scheduled match in New Haven.

Kathryn Attar led the Bulldogs with 11 kills and 11 digs, including the final three points of the first set.  Attar closed out the set with two kills and a block assist with Chiara Spain.

Franny Arnautou passed the 1,000-assist mark in her Yale career.  Arnautou had 16 assists, eight digs and three aces, including one that gave Yale a 19-10 lead in the second set.

Kate Swanson had a team-best 19 digs, while Tristin Kott and Kelley Wirth both had eight kills. 

The Bulldogs wrapped up the match with the final two points coming from Izzy Simqu and Attar.  Simqu had six kills and hit .455.

Yale finishes the regular season on the road next weekend with matches at Cornell and Columbia.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity