Yale Classic Marks Final Non-Conference Weekend for Bulldogs

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

Bulldogs Host New Hampshire, Quinnipiac and Army This Weekend

The Bulldogs look to get back on the winning track this weekend as they host the Yale Classic and welcome New Hampshire, Army and Quinnipiac to New Haven. 

Yale (3-3) went 1-2 at the Terrapin Invitational last weekend in College Park, Md.  All three matches were close.

For the second weekend in a row, freshman Mollie Rogers was named to an all-tournament team.  Rogers twice led the Bulldogs in kills last weekend, and for her efforts was named Ivy League Rookie of the week.

Through six matches, Rogers leads the Bulldogs with 77 kills.

Last Friday, the Bulldogs came within one point of defeating their second ACC team in seven days after a five-set loss to host Maryland.  After going up 2-0 in sets, Maryland stormed back to win the last three in a match where three of the five games went to extra points.

Mollie Rogers had a match-high 22 kills, and added 12 digs against the Terrapins.  Rogers followed up with a team-best 14 kills in a 3-1 win over Delaware last Saturday morning.

It was a balanced attack for Yale in the victory.  Freshman Allie Frappier had perhaps the best all-around match – 21 digs, 13 kills, three solo blocks and an assist.  Erica Reetz added a double-double (12 kills and 14 digs), along with a .324 hitting percentage and two block assists.  Maddie Rudnick had 12 digs, while Kendall Polan had 49 assists.          

Yale's comeback fell short in a 3-1 loss to Sacred Heart later in the day.

McHaney Carter had a team-high 10 kills and five blocks for the Bulldogs, who lost the first two sets.  Yale won the third and held a lead late in the fourth before the Pioneers halted the run.

Taylor Cramm , Yale's team captain, finished with a solid weekend at the Terrapin Invitational.  Cramm was solid at the net on both offense and defense.  On Saturday, Cramm posted eight kills, four block assists, three solo blocks and two digs in a 3-1 win over Delaware.

Thanks to her efforts this weekend, Cramm leads the Bulldogs with 1.06 blocks per set.

This is the last weekend of the pre-Ivy League schedule.  Yale will travel to Albany this Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match to close out its 2011 non-conference schedule.

Here's a breakdown of this weekend's opponents:

  • New Hampshire  – The Wildcats, of the America East Conference, fell to 0-12 on the season after a five-set loss at Harvard on Tuesday.  Senior Amy Keding had 27 kills and 30 digs, and junior Jansan Falcusan added 60 assists against the Crimson.  New Hampshire has had a challenging non-conference that has included matches against Penn State and Ohio State.
  • Quinnipiac  – The Bobcats, of the Northeast Conference, defeated LaSalle last weekend for their first win of the season and enter the weekend at 1-9. The last time out, the Bobcats lost at Hartford, 3-0, last Sunday.  Senior Kelby Carey leads QU with 61 kills.  Earlier this season, the Bobcats participated in the Loyola Marymount Invitational and faced UCLA, Cal St. Fullerton and the host.
  • Army  – The Black Knights defeated Marist to finish 3-1 in the West Point Challenge last weekend and stand at 7-3 overall entering Friday.  Army also defeated Dartmouth and NJIT, and lost to Arkansas, as freshman Mary Vaccaro and sophomore Ariana Mankus picked up all-tournament team.

Yale Classic Schedule

Friday, September 16

New Hampshire at Yale, 7 p.m.
Army at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m. 

Saturday, September 17

Army vs. New Hamsphire, 11 a.m. (at Yale)
Quinnipiac at Yale, 1 p.m.
Army at Yale, 7 p.m.
New Hampshire at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity