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Yale Continues Fast Start, Sweeps Brown

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

Rasmussen, Kott Smash 11 Kills Each in Victory

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After a 7-2 start in non-conference play, the Bulldogs made a seamless transition to the Ivy League schedule at Brown on Friday night.

The Bulldogs limited mistakes, served strong and had a solid night at the net in an all-around effort that led to a 3-0 win over the Bears.  The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-17 and 25-19. 

"I thought we played well, and it was important to take care of business on the road," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said. 

Yale had 27 less attack errors than the Bears.  And after a loss last year at Brown, the Bulldogs made sure history didn't repeat itself.  

Junior Megan Rasmussen set the tone with a complete night.  Rasmussen did a little bit of everything with 11 kills, nine digs, three service aces and two block assists.  

Freshman Tristin Kott continued a solid start to her collegiate career. Kott went for double figures in kills for the second straight match and hit .500 for the night. 

Kott, who is hitting .300 for the year, earned a spot on the weekly Ivy honor roll after a 13-kill performance against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend.   

At the net, the Bulldogs held a nine to three and a half edge in total blocks.  Shreya Dixit had a solo block and four block assists, and waone of six Bulldogs with at least two block assists. 

Dixit joined Kelley Wirth on a block to give Yale a 19-12 lead in the first set and cap a run of five of six points for Yale.  Wirth was another hitting star, going for seven kills on 13 swings without an error, and added three block assists.

In the second set, Brown kept it close. Sabrina Stillwell pulled the Bears to within 19-17.  Wirth promptly answered with a kill and Brittani Steinberg followed with an ace.  

Steinberg, who came into the match leading the Bulldogs in kills, helped in other ways tonight.  She led the team with 15 digs, and added three block assists and two aces.

Yale came out swinging in the third set, nearly matching the number of kills the Bulldogs had in the first two sets.  Yale had 17 kills on 40 swings with only one error, after combining for 20 kills in the first two sets. 

Kott had back to back kills to add to the Bulldogs lead, and Rasmussen added on the next point with another kill to give Yale a 15-10 lead in the third. Kelsey Crawford assisted on all three and led the Bulldogs with 18 assists, while Franny Arnautou had 12. 

The Bulldogs return to action next weekend with matches at Columbia and Cornell.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity