Dig It: Rudnick's Defense Leads Yale Over Cornell
Yale Makes it Two In A Row to Start Ivy Season
Yale's freshmen continue to be major contributors this season.
Rudnick posted a match-high 30 digs to lead Yale to a sweep of Cornell on Friday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The scores were 25-18, 25-15 and 25-22.
Allie Frappier, another freshman, pounded a match-best 12 kills, while Rogers added 10 kills and eight digs to help lead the Bulldogs to a 2-0 start in Ivy Play.
Kendall Polan, the Ivy League leader in assists per set, had 37 assists. Polan added six kills with a .462 hitting percentage with 14 digs.
After a first-set win, Rudnick stole the show. She produced 14 digs in the second set.
"Maddie Rudnick was great tonight," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said. "Cornell is a good hitting and blocking team, and Rudnick was the difference on defense."
On offense, senior captain Taylor Cramm started a 9-1 run to open the second for Yale. Frappier had four kills during the spurt, while Rogers had two and a service ace en route to a set win.
The third set would be closer.
Rogers and Frappier notched consecutive kills to give Yale a 17-12 lead and force a Cornell timeout.
Sierra Young's kill would cut the deficit to 19-16 before Frappier would deliver another kill. The Bulldogs would push the lead to 23-17.
Cornell (2-11, 0-2 Ivy) wouldn't go away.
Madeleine Przybyl began a quick-hitting 5-0 run. Rogers thwarted the rally and ended the match with back-to-back kills.
The Bulldogs, now 8-4 overall, host Columbia tomorrow at 5 p.m. Columbia defeated Brown, 3-1, in Providence tonight.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity