Precise Hitting Leads Yale to 3-0 Win at Penn

Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

After its first loss of the Ivy season, Yale responded the best way possible:  with a convincing win.  The Bulldogs swept Penn, 3-0, in Philadelphia on Saturday evening.

The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-17 and 25-19.

Precise hitting and solid defense made the difference.  Yale hit .324 for the match and five different Bulldogs had at least nine digs.    

Mollie Rogers had 13 kills and 10 digs, while McHaney Carter struck for nine kills and hit .643 in the victory.  With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 6-1 in the conference and 12-5 overall. 

Less than 24 hours after a loss at Princeton, the Bulldogs wasted little time to bounce back.  Yale opened the match with a precise .410 hitting percentage and a 25-21 victory in set one. 

Down 13-12, Yale scored five of the next six points.   Allie Frappier led the comeback with three kills during that stretch.

Frappier finished the match with 11 kills, hit .320 and added nine digs.

Penn would cut the deficit to 21-20 before a Kendall Polan kill and an error pushed Yale's lead back to three. The Bulldogs would score two of the next three points, capped by a kill from Erica Reetz.

The Bulldogs used a 10-3 run midway through the second set to take control.  Rogers had back-to-back kills to give Yale a 14-7 lead and force a Penn timeout. 

An attack error on the next point gave Yale an eight-point advantage.   After that, the Bulldogs lead never fell below seven and Rogers ended the set with another kill.

Carter started the third with a kill.  From there, the Bulldogs scored six of the next eight points.

Penn kept it close and trailed 11-8 before Yale extended the lead one more time.  Kills by Frappier and Carter, and three Penn errors stretched the Bulldogs' edge to 16-8.

Amanda Pacheco responded with a kill before Yale went on a match-ending run.  Carter, Frappier and Haley Wessels smashed consecutive kills and Maddie Rudnick followed with a service ace to give Yale a 20-9 lead – its largest of the set.

The Bulldogs kept pace with Princeton, who defeated Brown 3-0.  The Tigers are also 6-1 in Ivy play.  Columbia fell to 5-2 after a 3-0 loss to Harvard.

Yale travels to Brown next Saturday for a 7 p.m. start in Providence.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity