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Bulldogs Drop Five-Setter at Harvard

Franny Arnautou (photo credit: Steve Musco)
Franny Arnautou (photo credit: Steve Musco)

Arnautou, Kott and Swanson Deliver Career-Highs in Close Match

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Despite career-highs from Tristin Kott (20 kills), Kate Swanson (29 digs) and Franny Arnautou (49 assists), the Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 decision at Harvard on Friday night.

It was the first loss in six matches for the Bulldogs, who were officially eliminated from the Ivy League title race after Princeton defeated Cornell earlier in the evening.  The scores of the match were 25-13, 22-25, 23-25 and 15-13.  

The Bulldogs (17-4, 10-3 Ivy) dropped the opening set tonight and won the next two before losing a tight fourth set by two points.  Yale hit .350 and .333 as a team in second and third sets respectively. 

Harvard and Yale split the season series with each team winning on its home court. 

In the fifth set, Yale jumped ahead to a 10-7 lead after a kill from Brittani Steinberg, who delivered her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 15 digs.  Harvard scored six of the next seven points to take a 13-11 lead.

Kott scored the next point with her final kill of the night and finished with 20 kills on 36 swings with only two errors and hit .500 for the match.  

Harvard (8-14, 6-7 Ivy) got to match point on the next play. Arnautou setup Kelley Wirth (16 kills) to make it 14-13.

Playing in their final matches against Harvard, senior Tori Shepherd had 10 digs and an ace, while fellow classmate Claire Feeley had five kills and five digs.

The Bulldogs close out the Ivy League season Saturday with a 5 p.m. match at Dartmouth.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity