Bulldogs Look To Rebound From Trip To California
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale volleyball team returns home from California to close out the pre-conference schedule against defending America East champion Albany on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
The two teams have had quite a rivalry in recent years. Last year, Albany defeated Yale in three sets -- 33-31, 25-13 and 29-27.
Mollie Rogers had nine kills and nine digs in the match against Albany last year, and also had a standout weekend in San Diego for the Bulldogs last week.
Rogers earned all-tournament honors and led the Bulldogs with 27 kills in the three matches, including team-highs against San Diego (9) and Fresno State (10).
Yale (3-5) went 0-3 at the University of San Diego Tournament last weekend against UC Santa Barbara, No. 17 San Diego and Fresno State.
Entering this week, Yale leads all Ivy League teams in kills and assists per set. The Bulldogs average 13.57 kills and 12.79 assists per set.
Five different Bulldogs average at least two kills per set -- Rogers (2.82), Kelly Johnson (2.54), Haley Wessels (2.17) and Jesse Ebner (2.11). In addition, McHaney Carter posted a season-high seven kills and hit .538 in Yale's most recent match against Fresno State.
Polan and Johnson have shared the role of setting up hits for the Bulldogs. Polan averages 6.86 assists per set, while Johnson averages 4.96.
Maddie Rudnick continues to lead Yale defensively with a 4.61 digs per set average, including a season-best 24 against UC Santa Barbara last Friday. Rogers is second on the team with 4.32 average.
Albany (3-9) represents the fourth 2011 NCAA tournament qualifier that the Bulldogs have faced this season. The Great Danes have also played a challenging schedule -- including three top-25 teams -- Hawaii, Stanford and Minnesota.
Last weekend, Albany lost two of three at the West Point Challenge. The Great Danes defeated Sacred Heart, and fell to VCU and Army.
Dunja Prgomet leads Albany with a 2.54 kills per set average, while Sofia Furlong has been the team's primary setter with a 6.38 assists per set average. Prgomet had a match-high 16 kills and added 11 digs against the Bulldogs last season.
Yale opens the Ivy League season against Brown this Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs' first five conference match-ups will be on the road.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity