October 29, 2011

Bulldogs Make It Four In A Row On The Road

Rogers Hits .393 to Help Keep Yale in First

A night after freshman Allie Frappier entered the hitter's spotlight, another freshman made a return appearance.

Freshman Mollie Rogers provided a match-high 12 kills, while sophomore Kendall Polan had 26 assists and 14 digs for Yale in a 3-0 win over Cornell on Saturday evening in Ithaca, N.Y. 

Rogers, the reigning Ivy Rookie of the Week, hit .393 and had only one error in 28 swings.  It was her highest percentage since she hit .417 against Brown on Sept. 24.   

Frappier followed her 22-kill performance at Columbia last night with eight kills and eight digs. 

The scores of the match were 25-12, 25-20 and 25-19.

The Bulldogs improved to 15-5 overall and 9-1 in the conference to maintain first place in the Ivy League standings.  Yale swept a pair of matches this weekend in New York and has won four in a row on the road.

Princeton, which stands in second in the Ivy League, played at Harvard on Saturday night.

A night after a key road win at Columbia, Yale came out firing in the first set against the Big Red.  Haley Wessels capped a 6-0 run to start the match.

Cornell (4-18, 2-8) crept back to cut the deficit to 12-9 before Yale scored nine of the next 11 points. Yale hit .310, smashed 13 total kills and only made four attack errors in a lopsided first set victory.

McHaney Carter started a second-set comeback after Cornell led 12-9.  Her kill ignited a rally and Carter would eventually tie the set at 12.

The set would be tied four more times before Frappier would break a 16-all tie with a kill.  Yale never trailed again in the set. 

Rogers and Carter connected on back-to-back attempts to finish off the second set.

In the third, Rogers completed a 4-0 run to start the set with a kill and Yale refused to let the Big Red back into the match.

Later in the third, Rogers set up Polan for smash to give the Bulldogs a 20-13 cushion – their biggest of the set.

Maddie Rudnick continued her solid defensive play with 11 digs and has reached double-figures in her last six matches.

Yale closes out its home schedule next weekend with matches against Penn and Princeton.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity

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