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Bulldogs Return Home This Weekend to Host Dartmouth, Harvard

From left, Samantha Bray, Kate Swanson and Ellis DeJardin.
From left, Samantha Bray, Kate Swanson and Ellis DeJardin.

The Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 12, 2018

Dartmouth at Yale, 7 p.m.  Video on ESPN+ |Live Stats

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Harvard at Yale, 5 p.m.  Video on ESPN+ | Live Stats

Bulldogs Return Home

The Bulldogs this weekend will play their first home match since Sept. 1.  The Bulldogs will host Dartmouth on Friday at 7 p.m. and Harvard at 5 p.m. on Saturday.  Yale returns to the John J. Lee Amphitheater with a 10-4 mark overall and a 4-1 record in the Ivy League.  

Last Time Out

Yale won at Columbia and Cornell last weekend to move into a tie for first place in the Ivy League standings.  Junior setter Frances Arnautou had an impressive weekend.  On Friday, the San Francisco native had 32 assists, 10 digs and two aces in a 3-0 win at Columbia.  On Saturday in a 3-1 victory at Cornell, Arnautou put up a career-best in both kills (7) and digs (19) and dished out 38 assists.  Chiara Spain added a career-high nine kills on 16 swings without an error to hit .562 and added six block assists, while Samantha Bray continued her solid hitting with nine kills at a .350 clip. The Bulldogs had nine aces against the Big Red, including a career-high four from senior Gray Malias

Dig Pink on Saturday

Fans are encouraged to wear pink and support breast cancer awareness on Saturday when the Bulldogs host Harvard at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.  Yale volleyball is teaming up with The Side-Out Foundation to support its Dig Pink initiative at the 5 p.m. match against the Crimson.  Along with wearing pink to the match, fans can also support the foundation through the Bulldogs' donation page.  Funds raised for Side-Out go toward a clinical trial specifically for patients with stage 4 breast cancer, the most advanced form of the disease and the least funded area of research.

Home Court Advantage

Since the start of the 2013 season, the Bulldogs home record is 47-9 overall and 32-4 against Ivy League teams.  Yale opened the 2018 with a three-match sweep of the Battle of Connecticut.


League Leader

Senior libero Kate Swanson enters the weekend leading the Ivy League with 5.06 digs per set average in conference play. Swanson, the team's captain, has 240 digs on the season and is averaging 4.90 digs per set overall.    

Balanced Attack

The Bulldogs have four student-athletes averaging over two kills per set -- Ellis DeJardin (2.75), Kelley Wirth (2.65), Samantha Bray (2.32) and Kathryn Attar (2.21).

Scouting Dartmouth and Harvard

Dartmouth (6-9 overall, 2-3 Ivy League) opened the Ivy season with a 3-2 win over Harvard and have dropped three of its last four.  Freshman Francesca Meldrum enters the weekend ranked sixth in the conference in hitting percentage (.343), while Nicole Liddle leads the team with a 3.00 kills per set average.  Harvard entered the weekend 7-7 overall and 2-3 in league play.  Senior middle blocker Christina Cornelius earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors after the Crimson handed Princeton its first league loss last weekend.  Maclaine Field leads the conference in blocks per set (1.77).

Bulldogs Welcome Back Cat Dailey Minyard ' 10

Former Yale volleyball standout and Ivy League Player of the Year Cat Dailey Minyard '10 who helped lead the program to a conference title and went on to play professionally is back with the Bulldogs as a volunteer assistant coach. Minyard transferred to Yale in 2008 after two seasons at Cal-Berkley and went on to earn All-Ivy First Team honors her two years with the Bulldogs.  In 2008, she was named an AVCA All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention in addition to being named unanimous league player of the year to begin a stretch of six conference titles in a seven-year stretch for the Bulldogs. More details.

Get to Know the Bulldogs

The Bulldogs' website features a brief video with each student-athlete on the volleyball team.  Visit the team's roster webpage and select a name to see the bio video.  The videos were produced by the team's associate head coach Kevin Laseau.  

Bulldogs to be Featured on ESPNU

The Bulldogs will be featured on national television later this fall.  Yale's home match against Princeton on Oct. 26 will air on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

Ivy League Preseason Media Poll

Yale earned three first-place votes and were picked to finish second this season in the conference's inaugural volleyball preseason media poll.  See complete poll here

Welcome Back

After winning its sixth Ivy title in the last eight seasons, Yale returns five All-Ivy selections, including the league's defensive player of the year (Kate Swanson) and rookie of the year (Kathryn Attar).  Swanson and Attar both were also awarded spots on the first team.  In addition, Frances Arnautou and Tristin Kott earned second-team honors, while Kelley Wirth was a honorable mention. 

Swanson Named 2018 Captain

Senior libero Kate Swanson was named team captain for 2018.  The Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., native was named 2017 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Ivy First Team.  In each of her first three seasons, her digs per set average has increased from 3.76 digs in 2015 to 4.64 this past season.

Appleman Leads the Way

Yale head coach Erin Appleman, in her 16th season, has a 280-108 overall record at Yale with a 171-44 mark in the Ivy League.  She is joined by associate head coach Kevin Laseau (15th season at Yale) and assistant coach Brendan McGourn (5th season at Yale) and volunteer assistant Cat Dailey Minyard '10 (1st season).

Up Next

The Bulldogs continue their home stand with a match against Brown on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity