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Big Crowd Sees Bulldogs Down Harvard

Tristin Kott (Steve Musco photo)
Tristin Kott (Steve Musco photo)

Tristin Kott and Shreya Dixit on Saturday's win (press play button to watch)

Arnautou Dishes Out Season-High 43 Assists as Bulldogs Keep Pace in Ivy Race

NEW HAVEN -- The Bulldogs' delivered a key win before its largest crowd of the season and extended their win streak to three with a 3-1 win over Harvard on Saturday night.

Tristin Kott had 11 kills without an error on 16 swings, while Shreya Dixit had eight kills and eight block assists for the Bulldogs before an announced crowd of 1,006 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.  Yale improved to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in Ivy play.

Brittani Steinberg and Kelley Wirth added 11 kills each, while setter Franny Arnautou dished out a season-high 43 assists. 

A night after a sweep of Dartmouth, the Bulldogs picked up where they left off.  Kott, who hit a season-high .688, gave Yale a 10-7 lead in the first set.

Steinberg followed with an ace, and Kott and Kate Aitkenhead followed with block assists to give the Bulldogs a five-point cushion.  Blocks were a recurring theme for Yale, who had a season-best 28 block assists and 16 total blocks, its largest total since  Oct. 16 of last year.

Aitkenhead finished with one solo block and six block assists.

After Harvard took the second set, the Yale stormed out in the third to a 14-7 lead, capped by another block from Kott and Aitkenhead.  The Crimson (4-10, 2-3 Ivy) would get to within 22-20 before three straight Yale points -- a kill from Steinberg, block assists from Kott and Aitkenhead and another kill from Wirth.

The fourth set provided intense volleyball.  Once the scored deadlocked at 22, it marked the start of four lead changes and six ties before the Bulldogs pulled it out. 

Kott tied the match at 23, then Wirth and Dixit pushed the Harvard to the brink with block assists.  The Crimson regained the lead 27-26.

Dixit re-tied the set at 27, Steinberg gave Yale the lead with another kill, and Aitkenhead and Steinberg closed out the match with block assists.

The Bulldogs return to action next weekend with matches at Penn and Princeton.  Princeton defeated Cornell tonight and stands in first place with a 5-0 league mark.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity