Polan's All-Around Performance Leads Yale to Sweep of Dartmouth

Gina Finke and Gabby Bird-Vogel. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Gina Finke and Gabby Bird-Vogel. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Hit .326 to Remain Unbeaten in Ivy Play

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After earning Ivy League Player of the Week last Tuesday, Kendall Polan had perhaps her best all-around performance of the season in a 3-0 victory over Dartmouth on Friday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. 

Polan did a little bit of everything – hitting, passing, serving, defense -- you name it, she did it.  Polan dished out 30 assists, provided 10 digs, seven kills, four service aces and hit .600 with 10 total attacks.

The scores of the match were 25-17, 25-14 and 25-16. 

The Bulldogs (10-4, 4-0 Ivy League) spread out an offensive attack and hit .326 as a team.  Erica Reetz and Taylor Cramm had nine kills each to lead Yale to its fourth straight win to open the Ivy season.

"We had a great overall effort tonight," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "We put the pressure on our opponent. "

Dartmouth (9-6, 1-3 Ivy League) scored four of the first six points of the match and maintained a lead midway through the first set.   The Big Green led 16-14, and turned the serve over to Yale with an error.

The comeback started with Polan, who used a sneak attack to tie the set at 16.  Rogers followed with two booming kills to give Yale the lead. 

After a Dartmouth point, Yale closed out the set that started with another Polan sneak attack.  It ended with Cramm, the conference's leading hitter, who struck for three kills including one for set point.

Annie Villanueva used one of her match-best 10 kills to pull Dartmouth to within 14-11 in the second set.  This time, Reetz started a rally and eventually ended the set.

Mollie Rogers set up Reetz for a kill, and after two Dartmouth errors, Polan served up an ace to give Yale a 19-11 lead.  Reetz closed out the set with another kill.

The third set was similar to the first two.  Dartmouth kept it close early, then Yale pulled away.

Madeline Baird's kill cut Dartmouth's deficit to 8-7.  Two consecutive Big Green errors gave Yale a three-point cushion and forced a Dartmouth timeout. 

On the next point, Polan found herself at the net and blasted a high attack into the back row that resulted in a point.   Two more errors by Dartmouth increased Yale's edge to 13-7.  

Freshman Gabby Bird-Vogel notched her first kill of her Yale career to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 20-10, the largest of the set.

The Bulldogs host Harvard tomorrow at 5 p.m.  The Crimson defeated Brown 3-1 in Providence tonight.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity