Freshmen Step Up In Win Over Stony Brook

Karlee Fuller. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Karlee Fuller. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Fuller and Johnson Lift Yale to Season's First Win

NEW HAVEN -- All five Yale freshmen contributed in the Bulldogs' sweep of Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon.  

Rookies Karlee Fuller and Kelly Johnson led a balanced offensive attack with 11 and 10 kills respectively, while fellow classmates Jesse Ebner, Maya Midzik and Christine Wu all played a part in Yale's first win of the season.  

The scores of the match were 26-24, 25-16, 28-26.  

Facing set point in the first, Fuller's kill tied the score at 24. Two straight errors by the Seawolves gave Yale the set. 

Yale (1-1) used an 8-0 run midway through the second set to take control.  The Bulldogs' freshmen helped cap the rally.

Fuller used a well-timed block along the left side, then followed up with a kill to give Yale a 16-9 lead.  On the next point, Kendall Polan hustled to keep a ball in play and on the next Yale possession Ebner deposited a kill.   

Wu served out the set's final two points to help set up Yale points.  

Polan just missed her second straight triple-double to begin the season and finished with 26 assists, 10 digs, six kills and hit .417.  Yale's Mollie Rogers hit .318 with eight kills and 18 digs.  

The Seawolves (1-4) kept the third set close.  Hailee Herc gave Stony Brook a 16-13 edge after her third and final kill of the match.

Yale responded with four of the next five points to tie the set at 17 -- aided by two kills from Rogers and one from Johnson.  From there, the set featured six lead changes.

This time, Midzik made the big play with her second kill of the match to break a 22-all tie.  Stony Brook's Melissa Rigo, who posted a match-high 14 kills, tied the match at 23 before Rogers used a tip to give the lead back to Yale.

After a Yale error, Rogers notched a kill on the next point.  Rigo tied the set at 25 and the Seawolves took the lead after a Yale error on the ensuing point.

Polan used a nifty backset to Johnson, who fired the ball into the John J. Lee Amphitheater court.  Fuller recorded her second solo block of the match on the next point.  The matched ended on a Stony Brook error.  

Earlier today, Texas A&M improved to 2-0 on the weekend after sweeping American. 

The Bulldogs return to the court later today to host American at 7 p.m. in the final match of the Yale Classic.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity