VOLLEYBALL | Elis host Yale Classic

The volleyball team will host New Hampshire, Quinnipiac and Army this weekend in its last non-conference games before opening Ivy play.
The volleyball team will host New Hampshire, Quinnipiac and Army this weekend in its last non-conference games before opening Ivy play. Photo by Max de la Bruyere.

Following last weekend’s 1–2 showing at the Terrapin Invitational in College Park, Md., the Yale volleyball team (3–3) looks to rebound in the Yale Classic tonight and on Saturday.

The Bulldogs will play games against New Hampshire, Qunnipiac and Army throughout the weekend in their final non-conference tournament before Ivy League play.

In a weekend that featured a number of comebacks and very contested play, the Elis came away with a win over Delaware, but lost to Maryland and Sacred Heart. However, Erica Reetz ’14 said the team came away with lessons that will serve them well going forward.

“I think we learned about ourselves as a team in last week’s competition,” she said. “Coming into this weekend, we are focusing on Yale volleyball, learning what it is for this team and how we can play it every weekend.”

This weekend’s action will begin with a Friday night match against the New Hampshire Wildcats, who have begun the season in dismal fashion with a 0–12 start. The Wildcats have won just six sets all season, while facing stiff competition including nationally ranked teams from Penn State and Ohio State.

The Bulldogs’ second game of the tournament will take place Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Quinnipiac, another team off to a rough start with a 1–9 record.

Despite the poor records of the Bulldogs’ first two opponents, the team has been conducting business as usual.

“We’re really focusing on our game, being consistent and playing our best no matter who’s across the net,” Reetz said. “This weekend is a great opportunity for us to come out and play strong no matter who the competition is.”

The team will finish off the weekend on Friday night against Army (7–3). The match promises to be an impressive display of young talent, as Army freshman Mary Vaccaro and Yale freshman Mollie Rogers ’15 have each won their respective conferences’ rookie of the week award already this season.

The Bulldogs begin play Friday night at 7 p.m.

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