Yale Hosts Cornell and Columbia This Weekend

Maddie Rudnick (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Maddie Rudnick (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Homestand Continues With Big Red and Lions

After a win over Brown last Saturday, the Bulldogs look to start a winning streak during the first full weekend of Ivy League play.  Yale hosts Cornell on Friday evening and Columbia on Saturday afternoon.

A balanced attack led the Bulldogs to a sweep of Brown on Sept. 24.  Seven different Bulldogs had at least one kill, while the team hit .327 for the match.

Yale hit .417 in game one and had 15 kills in a 25-12 victory over Brown and seized control of the match.

Mollie Rogers, Yale's two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, continued her stellar freshman year with a team-high 12 kills and a .417 hitting percentage.  Rogers ranks among the top-10 of the Ivy League in kills per set (sixth), digs per set (ninth) and service aces per set (fourth).

Erica Reetz added 10 kills, six digs, two assists, a service ace and a block assist for the Bulldogs, who improved to 7-4 overall and 1-0 in conference.

McHaney Carter had a solid all-around match.  She tallied six kills, a .385 hitting percentage, five digs and four block assists.  Carter ranks eighth in the conference with a .295 hitting percentage.

Kendall Polan, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, led the Bulldogs with 32 assists.  Polan leads the Ivy League with a 10.32 assist-per-set average.

Freshman Maddie Rudnick, the team leader in digs, had 12 to lead the Bulldogs.  Yale out-blocked the Bears 12-6. 

The Bulldogs swept Cornell and Columbia in 2010 during a 12-2 conference season. 

Last weekend, Columbia won at Cornell in a five-setter to open the conference season for both teams.  The Big Red took the first two sets before the Lions stormed back.

Megan Gaughn led the Lions with 14 kills, while the setting duo of Colleen Brennan and Kelsey Musselman had 37 and 16 assists respectively.  Charlee Dyroff had a match-high 30 digs for Columbia.

Entering the weekend, the Lions have three players among the top four in hitting percentage in the Ivy League – Monique Roberts (.345, 2nd), Madeline Rumer (.344, 3rd) and Heather Braunagel (.343, 4th). 

Columbia begins the weekend with a 7-4 overall record and a 1-0 Ivy League mark.

Cornell (2-10 overall, 0-1 Ivy) was led by Madeleine Przbyl's 16 kills and 14 digs against Columbia.  Jordan Reeder (30 assists) and Kelly Reinke (25 assists) split time at setter for the Big Red.

Janel Forte leads the Big Red with 94 kills on the season.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity