Balanced Attack Leads Yale to Victory in Ivy Opener
Solid Hitting Performance Key to Win Over Brown
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Seven different Bulldogs had at least one kill and Yale hit .327 for the match in a dominating 3-0 win over Brown in the Ivy League opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The scores of the match were 25-12, 25-13 and 25-20.
Mollie Rogers, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, continued her stellar freshman year with a team-high 12 kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Erica Reetz added 10 kills, six digs, two assists, a service ace and a block assist for the Bulldogs, who began the defense of their Ivy League crown today.
Maddie Rudnick had a team-high 12 digs for Yale.
Yale, now 7-4 on the season, started the conference season off with precision. The Bulldogs struck for 15 kills and hit .419 as a team in the first set.
With a 9-7 lead in the opener, Rogers started a run that would put the Bulldogs in control. Her kill ignited an 8-3 run to give the Bulldogs a 17-10 cushion.
Kendall Polan (32 assists) and Rogers combined to give Yale its 18th point with block assists. On the next point, Polan's two-handed, cross-court pass to Rogers set up a kill to began another spurt.
The next four points were scored by Yale thanks to two errors and kills from Polan and Reetz to give the Bulldogs a 23-11 advantage.
Laurielle Hofer finished off a pass from Alexandra Rieckhoff to give Brown a 5-4 lead in the second set. The Bulldogs quickly seized the momentum.
Reetz tied the match with a kill and the Bulldogs followed up by scoring the next six points to take an 11-5 lead. McHaney Carter and Polan capped the run with block assists.
Later in the set, Allie Frappier delivered back-to-back kills to give the Bulldogs a 16-7 edge. Polan and Rogers would eventually finish off the set with consecutive kills.
Katie Cordell used pinpoint control to serve up an ace along the left side of the court to give Yale its biggest lead of the third set – 20-14. However, Brown would not go away quietly.
Hofer responded with one of her team-high seven kills. After a Yale attack error, Annika Gliottone followed with an ace to cut the deficit to three.
The teams would trade points before Rogers slammed her 11th and 12th kills of the day into the floor. Frappier would end the match with a kill along the right side.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs host Cornell and Columbia to continue their five-match homestand to began the Ivy League season. The Big Red play in New Haven on Friday night at 7, while Columbia comes to town on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity