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Yale's Late Rally Falls Short at Penn

Erica Reetz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erica Reetz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Despite 15 kills from Bridget Hearst and Erica Reetz, the Yale women's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22) decision to Penn on Friday night at the Palestra in Philadelphia.  Kelly Ozurovich added a team-high 29 digs for the Bulldogs, who fell to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League.

Down 2-0 in sets, the Bulldogs won the third and led late in the fourth before the Quakers rallied for a 7-2 run to close out the match.

Penn (5-9, 1-1 Ivy) won the first two games of the match and took control.  The Quakers used a .343 team hitting percentage in first game, and held off the Bulldogs in game two.

Yale forced nine ties and five lead changes during the second game.  Back-to-back kills from Katie Cordell (11 kills, 15 digs) and Hearst gave the Bulldogs a 17-16 lead.  Penn bounced back to tally nine of the final 11 points of the set, which ended with a kill from Susan Stuecheli.

The third set started differently.  The Bulldogs stormed out to a 6-2 edge with the help of two kills from McHaney Carter. 

Later in the third set, the Bulldogs pushed the lead to 22-15 after three straight points with a Kendall Polan kill sandwiched between two Penn attack errors.  Yale hit .295 for the third set, which ended on a Cordell kill from Polan, who tallied a team-best 37 assists.   

Hearst and Reetz began the fourth set with consecutive kills.  Penn's Lauren Martin, who posted a team-best 14 kills, answered with her first of five kills for the set.

With the set tied at 12, a Hearst kill and two Penn errors gave Yale a 15-12 lead and forced the Quakers to call a timeout.  Penn came back to tie the match at 18, but kills from Haley Wessels and Hearst gave Yale a 20-18 edge. 

The Quakers rallied for a 7-2 run to close out the match.

Yale returns to action tomorrow at Princeton for a 4 p.m. start.