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Kott Posts 12 Kills, Bulldogs Fall Short Against Princeton

Tristin Kott (Photo Credit: Steve Musco)
Tristin Kott (Photo Credit: Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Over 1,700 fans filled the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday night as Princeton swept Yale to earn the Ivy League's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night in New Haven.  

The scores of the match were 25-23, 25-18 and 25-23.

Tristin Kott had 12 kills and hit .312 to lead the Bulldogs (16-8), who earned their sixth conference title in the last eight seasons after tying with Princeton (18-7) in the regular season.  

Kelley Wirth had nine kills and four block assists, while Kathryn Attar had seven kills and 13 digs for Yale.  Kate Swanson, the league's defensive player of the year, had 19 digs.

Maggie O'Connell had 12 kills and Jessie Harris had 32 assists to lead the Tigers.   

The Bulldogs, who split matches against the Tigers earlier this year, jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first with the help of five early kills from Kott.  The Tigers chipped away and overcame the deficit to take the opener.

After dropping the second set, the Bulldogs held the lead most of the third set but struggled down the strech.  Kott gave Yale a 20-18 edge, and a Princeton error pushed the Bulldogs' lead to 21-18.

Princeton scored the next three points to tie the set. The teams traded the next four points before O'Connell closed out the match with two straight kills.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity