NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale Women's Volleyball program -- winners of nine Ivy League titles in its history -- will be honoring the anniversaries of the 1978, 2008 and 2013 conference championship-winning teams during Friday's home match against Cornell. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
Between sets two and three on Friday evening, the Bulldogs will honor the three championship teams. Alumnae from the 1978, 2008 and 2013 teams will be recognized.
The 1978 team won the first ever women's volleyball Ivy League championship for Yale after a 28-9 season. Yale, Penn and Princeton tied for 5-1 records after round-robin play. In sudden-death, one-game playoffs, the Bulldogs defeated Penn, 15-9, and defeated Princeton, 15-10, to win the title.
In 2008, the Bulldogs went 13-1 in league play and went 21-6 overall to capture the program's third Ivy title. Yale went on to earn a first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Ohio and became the only program in conference history to win at least two NCAA matches.
The 2013 team took home Yale's fourth straight conference title at the time and marked the program's seventh overall. The Bulldogs went 13-1 in the league that year, finished 20-5 overall and went on to face Utah in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs would go on to win an Ivy League-record fifth straight conference title in 2014.
Keeping with the championship theme, the Bulldogs enter the weekend 11-1 in Ivy League play with a one-match lead in the conference standings with two matches left to play in the season and have an opportunity to capture Yale's ninth title in the last 15 years.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity