Bulldogs Aim to Keep Winning Streak Alive on the Road

Kendall Polan and Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kendall Polan and Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Travel to Harvard, Dartmouth

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Fresh off back-to-back wins at home, the Bulldogs hit the road for a key weekend in conference play.  Yale, currently in third place in the Ivy League, looks to keep pace in the conference during road matches at Harvard (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Dartmouth (Saturday, 5 p.m.).

Last weekend, the Bulldogs defeated Cornell and Columbia in New Haven.  With the wins, Yale improved to 10-7 overall and 7-0 at home. 

The Bulldogs dominated the Big Red, 3-0, last Friday.  Yale hit .336 as a team for the match, and received double-digit-kill performances from Haley Wessels (12), Katie Cordell (10) and Erica Reetz (10).

Reetz, who earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week for her performances last weekend, posted the first of two double-doubles during the weekend and collected 11 digs against Cornell.  Reetz joined teammate Kendall Polan as a two-time rookie of the week award winner this season.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs held off Columbia in a 3-1 victory.  After jumping out to a commanding 2-0 set lead, Yale dropped the third and held off a comeback by the Lions.

Bridget Hearst, who enters the week as the team leader in kills per set, contributed a match-high 16 kills and six in an intense fourth set for the Bulldogs.  Kelly Ozurovich, Yale's all-time digs leader with 1,588, put on a defense showcase with 32 digs in the victory over the Lions. 

Ozurovich ranks second in the Ivy League and 12th in NCAA Division I in digs per set with a 5.60 average. 

Among other individual rankings, Hearst (4th), Reetz (6th) and Wessels (10th) all stand among the top 10 league leaders in kills per set.

The Bulldogs also lead the Ivy League in several team categories. 

Entering the week, Yale was one of only three schools in the country to lead its conference in kills per set, assists per set, digs per set and hitting percentage.  Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun) and Albany (America East) were the other two schools.  

Harvard stands in sixth place in the Ivy League with a 2-4 mark.  The Crimson dropped a pair of road games last weekend against the top two teams in the conference – Princeton and Penn.

Taylor Docter leads the Crimson with 131 kills on the season, Mikaelle Comrie is close behind with 121, and both are averaging over two kills per set. Anne Carroll Ingersoll has 100 kills on the season and leads the team in kills per set with 2.13.

Dartmouth stands directly behind Yale in the Ivy standings with a 3-3 league record.  The Big Green, now 12-5 overall, were also swept by Penn and Princeton last weekend.

Madeline Baird leads Dartmouth with 3.83 kills per set, which ranks second in the Ivy League. As a team, the Big Green rank second in the conference in kills and digs per set.

Last season, the Bulldogs won at Harvard in five sets, then lost the next night at Dartmouth in a 3-1 decision.