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Bulldogs Beat Brown, Remain Perfect at Home

Kate Aitkenhead (photo credit: Steve Musco)
Kate Aitkenhead (photo credit: Steve Musco)

Kelsey Crawford Post-Game Comments (press "play" button below)

Aitkenhead Hits .556, Adds 12 Kills, Four Blocks in Win Over Brown

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs on Friday night opened the second half of the Ivy schedule and continued their home-court dominance with a 3-1 win over Brown.

The scores of the match were 25-15, 25-14, 19-25 and 25-20.

Yale has won 44 of its last 45 Ivy home matches and kept pace in the conference standings with a 6-2 record in league play.

Kelsey Crawford played her most complete match of the season with 36 assists, 12 digs, five kills and two aces. Kate Aitkenhead had 12 kills, hit .556 and added four blocks.

Playing their only match in a 13-day stretch, the Bulldogs looked sharp in the first set and hit .300.  During one stretch, Yale connected on six straight points including two kills from Kelley Wirth and two aces from Kate Swanson to make it 23-11. 

Wirth had a match-high15 kills, while Swanson led the way in digs with 21.

The Bulldogs had a similar run in the second set.  

Kaitlyn Gibbons (8 kills) and Shreya Dixit produced back to back solo blocks to open up a 7-2 edge.  Later in the second, Gray Malias served up six straight points and three aces to give Yale 15-5 lead and cap a 7-0 run.  

After a third set loss, Yale bounced back thanks to the playmaking of Aitkenhead, who delivered four kills, two block assists and a solo block as the Bulldogs pulled in the fourth. 

With the set tied at 17, Crawford set up Aitkenhead for the go-ahead kill.  After an ace from Crawford on the next point, Aitkenhead came through with a solo block.

The Bulldogs tied a season-high with six solo blocks, and reached its second highest total for total blocks with 13.

Aitkenhead, who entered the match ranked second in blocks per set in conference play, joined Gibbons on another block assist to get Yale to match point.  Gibbons hit .333 for the night and closed out the match with a kill.

Up next, the Bulldogs host Cornell on Friday, Oct.28, at 7 p.m., and Columbia the next day at 5 p.m. 

Report Filed By Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity