VOLLEYBALL | Elis look for three more wins

After charging through the first games of the regular season, the Yale volleyball squad will host one more weekend of non-conference play before facing off against Brown, Princeton and Penn on the weekend of Oct. 3.

The Elis (3-0) will face Central Connecticut State at 7 p.m. today and will compete on Saturday against Quinnipiac and Binghamton at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

With three wins at home so far, the Bulldogs are coming off a sweep at the Seton Hall Invitational last weekend. During the course of the tournament, many of the Bulldogs set personal and school records, including Kelly Ozurovich ’11 passing the 900 career dig mark and Alexis Crusey ’10 passing the 1,000 kill mark to rank eighth overall in Yale history.

The Blue Devils (4-7) are coming off a Wednesday-night win against Quinnipiac, their first victory after a three-game freeze. The Elis have won the last four contests between the two schools, and come out on top, 19-2, historically. CCSU beat Seton Hall in a five-set victory this season at the Seton Hall Tournament last weekend. At that tournament, Yale swept the Pirates.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats (1-11) are struggling so far this season, and Yale has never lost to the team in their five meetings. Their last meeting was a Bulldog sweep during the 2005 Yale Invitational.

Binghamton (6-6) is looking to break its even record thus far in the season. Although selected to win the America East Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll, the team dropped two of three matches at the West Point Challenge. Michelle McDonough and Lindsey Mueller lead the team, and both are members of the 2008 All-America East first team. Leading the team, libero Brianna Strong averages 5.02 digs per set.

The Elis have bested Binghamton twice in the past four years, both times under the tutelage of head coach Erin Appleman. This year, both teams have swept Hofstra. Binghamton is the third team Yale will face that was ranked to win its conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. Yale has beaten the two of these teams it has already taken on — American University and Fairfield.

Also this week, PrepVolleyball.com named the Yale class of 2013 as one of the top recruiting classes of the year, as determined by over 100 collegiate coaches. The class of 2010 received this ranking in 2006.

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