Bulldogs Beat Lions, Keep Pace in Ivy Race

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

NEW HAVEN -- Brittani Steinberg seemed to like playing against Columbia this year, and on Saturday evening, she led Yale to a 3-1 win over the Lions.

Earlier this season, Steinberg had 20 kills at Columbia.  Steinberg tonight had a match-high 17 kills, hit .308 and put up big points in a match Yale won, and had to have, to keep up in the Ivy League standings.

The Bulldogs remained in second place with an 8-2 league mark, while Princeton still stands in first at 10-0.  Yale won its eighth straight match and third overall.

Tristin Kott had 10 kills, and Kaitlyn Gibbons just missed a double-double with eight kills and nine digs to contribute to Yale's third straight win.  

After dropping the first set, the Bulldogs (15-4, 8-2 Ivy) asserted themselves and took the next three.  Yale finished off the match on a strong note, hitting .391 in the fourth and jumping out to a 17-9 following a kill from Gibbons.

Gibbons came through in the third set as the Bulldogs.  She tied the set at 21, launched a kill to stave off set point for Columbia, and after two straight errors from the Lions, Gibbons joined Shreya Dixit on a block to take the set.

Franny Arnautou had 42 assists and 11 digs.  The Bulldogs held a 64-56 edge in digs  with Kate Swanson having a team-high 16.  

After Yale grabbed the third set, it came out swinging in the fourth.  Arnautou set up Dixit for a kill to give the Bulldogs a 10-3 lead and never looked back.  

Steinberg served up one of her two aces in the match, and Gibbons followed with a kill, to give Yale its largest lead of the set at 17-9.  

Next weekend, the Bulldogs will host Princeton on Friday, and honor the team's senior prior to a Saturday home match against Penn. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity