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Frappier's 22 Kills Leads Yale Over Columbia

Allie Frappier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Allie Frappier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Move Into First With Win in New York On Friday Night

NEW YORK, N.Y. –On a night when Yale's defense was dominant, its hitting was just as good. 

Allie Frappier smashed a season-high 22 kills, Yale hit .331 as a team and produced its highest dig total in a four-set match this season in a 3-1 victory over Columbia on Friday night at Levien Gym.

With the win, the Bulldogs moved into sole possession of first place after Princeton lost at Dartmouth tonight.  Yale is 8-1 in Ivy play and 14-5 overall.

Columbia won the first set.  The Bulldogs responded by winning the next three.

"We played an extremely smart match tonight," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "We played really good team volleyball."

The scores of the match were 23-25, 25-19, 25-13 and 25-23.

While Frappier paced the offense with the third-highest kill total in a four-set Ivy match this season, she was not the only standout.  Erica Reetz had 15 kills and hit .520.

"Allie and Erica were outstanding tonight," Appleman added.

Haley Wessels had 11 kills with a .304 percentage for Yale, while Mollie Rogers had nine kills. Kendall Polan, the league's assist leader, dished out 52.

After Yale lost the opener, it turned the match around midway through the second.  Reetz broke a 13-all tie and then added another kill to give Yale a two-point edge.  McHaney Carter deposited a kill and Reetz added one more to cap a quick-hitting 4-0 run and give Yale a lead it wouldn't give up.

Reetz added 16 digs and Frappier had 11 as both struck for double-doubles.  Maddie Rudnick had a match-high 24 for Yale, while Polan had 21.

The Bulldogs took control in the third.   Frappier started a run that a turned a four-point lead to 20-9 lead. 

Yale hit .438 in the third game, connected on 16 kills and hit .438.

The final set proved to be competitive to the end and required a Yale comeback.

Down 23-21, the Bulldogs used a timeout to regroup.  It worked.

Wessels pushed a two-handed attack that dropped to the back row court, then Frappier delivered her final kill of the night to tie the set. 

Columbia committed errors on the final two points to give Yale the set and match.

Yale returns to action tomorrow night at Cornell at 5 p.m. in Ithica. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity