Bulldogs Take Split on Friday

Brittani Steinberg (photo credit: Steve Musco)
Brittani Steinberg (photo credit: Steve Musco)

Steinberg Notches Third Double-Double in Win Over St. Francis

Storrs, Conn. -- The Bulldogs split a pair of matches at UConn's Dog Pound Challenge on Friday. 

Yale defeated St. Francis-Brooklyn, 3-0, in the afternoon and fell to the host UConn in three sets later in the evening.

Brittani Steinberg notched her third double-double in four matches with 16 kills and 17 digs -- both match highs -- in the victory over St. Francis.  The scores of the match were 25-16, 25-12 and 25-15. 

Steinberg also hit .429 and added two service aces.

"Brittani had a real solid day today," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "She put up great numbers in the afternoon and stepped up against UConn."

In the match against the Terriers, 12 different Bulldogs had at least one kill, while Franny Arnautou had a match-high and season-best 36 assists on 40 Yale kills. 

Yale (4-1) got off to a fast start against St. Francis.  Shreya Dixit capped 8-1 run with a kill to give the Bulldogs a 13-5 in the first set.  

In the second set, Yale hit a season-best .394 with 14 kills and one error on 33 swings.  The Bulldogs took control of the set during a stretch with an ace from Gray Malias, a kill from Izzy Simqu, followed by a kill from Malias and another from Simqu to give Yale a 14-3 lead.

Steinberg had eight kills in the third set.

In the nightcap, the Huskies won with scores 25-13, 25-12 and 25-19.  UConn, who have already defeated LSU and Virginia in the last two weeks, improved to 6-1.

Steinberg again led the way for Yale with six kills, six digs and four solo blocks.  

After dropping the first two sets, the Bulldogs came alive in the third and opened up a 6-1 lead.   Two aces from Kelsey Crawford, along with solo blocks from Claire Feeley and Steinberg, and capped by a kill from Tristin Kott.  

"UConn came ready to play tonight and we struggled," Appleman said.  "I was pleased with the way we played in the third set, but we needed to be ready from the start." 

Steinberg gave Yale its last lead with a kill to make it 15-14, before the Huskies scored 11 of the final 15 points. 

The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. to face Loyola-Md. in their final match of the Dog Pound Challenge in Storrs, Conn.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity