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Yale Sweeps Cornell with Strong Hitting Performance

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

The Bulldogs put together one of their most complete performances of the season with a sweep of Cornell on Friday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.  With scores of 25-13, 25-17, 25-13, the Bulldogs improved to 9-7 overall, 3-2 in the Ivy League and 6-0 at home this season. 

Yale posted a .336 hitting percentage for the match, played with intensity and trailed only briefly during the night.    

Haley Wessels hit a match-high 12 kills and hit .667 for the match for Yale, which also received 10 kills from Erica Reetz and Katie CordellKendall Polan added 23 assists, eight digs and six kills. 

"We played team volleyball tonight," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said. "Everybody contributed and that's always nice to see."

After a back-and-forth start to the third set, Yale exploded for five straight points to take an 11-4 lead.  Polan gave Yale its biggest lead of the set, 24-11, with a kill.  

Cornell (3-11, 1-4 Ivy) capitalized on an attack error and a Kelly Hansen kill for the next two points, but Reetz closed out the match off an assist from Polan.

Hansen led Cornell with eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage.

Yale hit .438 in the second game and cruised to a 25-17 victory.  Cordell set the tone with back-to-back kills to start the set and hit .667 with five kills during the frame.

With Yale up 8-4, the Bulldogs ran off six straight points to take a double-digit advantage.  The run culminated with a Polan kill setup by Kerry Clavadetscher.

Cornell chipped away and cut the lead to 19-11.

After Hansen struck for two kills, Yale regained control.  Cordell responded with a kill, and on the next point, Ozurovich followed with a diving dig that set up a Reetz kill to give Yale a 21-13 edge.

Ozurovich (13), Cordell (13) and Reetz (11) each produced double-digit dig totals.

Hansen had a team-best five kills and hit .500 during the second set for the Big Red. 

Reetz would end the set with a pair of kills, which were set up by Cramm and Polan. 

In the first set, Yale started fast.  The Bulldogs scored the first six points, capped by a Hearst kill.  Cordell increased the lead to 10-2 with a service ace.  

Hearst concluded a run of four straight points with a kill, gave Yale a 16-8 lead and forced a Cornell timeout.  The Big Red would score the next point, but Taylor Cramm slammed a kill off a Polan assist.  Kills from Cramm, Cordell, Hearst and Wessels helped increase Yale's lead to 21-9.

Yale returns to action tomorrow night at home against Columbia.   The match begins at 6 p.m.