September 16, 2011

Back at Home, Bulldogs Return to Winning Ways

Frappier and Rogers Lead the Way for Yale

NEW HAVEN – The Bulldogs hit .320 as a team and defeated New Hampshire, 3-0, in day one action of the Yale Classic at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday evening.  The scores of the match were 25-13, 25-15 and 25-17.

Freshmen Allie Frappier and Mollie Rogers led the way with 10 kills each.  Rogers, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, hit .364 and added a match-high 15 digs. 

Frappier just missed a double-double with nine digs.

As a team, the Bulldogs had 41-23 advantage in kills and a 50-33 edge in digs..

Playing for the first time in six days, the Bulldogs started the match on an 11-2 run in the opening set.  Erica Reetz tallied the first point of the match off a set up from Kendall Polan, who finished with 33 assists.  Maddie Rudnick capped the run with an ace. 

Trailing 14-12, the Bulldogs scored the next eight points and 13 of the last 14 points of the set.  Following a service error, Polan struck for a kill.

After two attack errors by the Wildcats (0-13), a McHaney Carter kill from Polan gave Yale a 17-14 lead.  The Bulldogs scored the next three points – two of which came on aces from Rogers – and took control of the set.

The third set had a similar feel.  Yale held a 10-9 lead before scoring two straight off an error and a Polan ace.

Morgan Thatcher, who led New Hampshire with seven kills, bookended a quick 3-0 run with two kills to tie the set at 12.  The teams traded points before the Bulldogs scored four straight. 

Haley Wessels struck for her first kill of the night to give the Bulldogs a lead they would not give up.  After a New Hampshire attack error, Rogers delivered a kill. 

Another error would give the Bulldogs a 17-13 lead, Desiree Ates would temporarily stop the run with a kill.  Rogers followed with her final kill of the match and the Wildcats did not get any closer.

The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. to host Quinnipiac, and later in the day host Army at 7 p.m. on day two of the Yale Classic.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity