September 19, 2012

Yale Bounces Back, Sweeps Albany

Six Bulldogs Hit at Least .300 in Win Over Defending America East Champs

NEW HAVEN -- Yale hit a season-high .378 as a team in a sweep of Albany, the defending America East champs, on Wednesday night in its final non-conference match of the regular season.

The scores of the match were 25-19, 25-14 and 25-11.  

Jesse Ebner smashed 10 kills and hit .588 without an error in 17 swings to help the Bulldogs break a four-match losing streak.  Yale opens its conference season at Brown on Saturday at 2 p.m.

"We were able to improve a lot on things that we worked on during the week," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said. "I thought we played well."

Kendall Polan contributed her third triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 13 digs and 28 assists, while Mollie Rogers added her fourth double-double of the season with match-highs in kills (12) and digs (15).  

Up 17-16 in the first set, an Albany service error was followed by two straight kills from Haley Wessels.  Ebner served up an ace on the next point to give Yale a 21-16 edge and command of the set. 

Sara Pope, who tallied a team-high five kills for Albany, responded with a kill.  Polan answered to make it 22-17.

The teams traded points before Rogers made it 24-18.  After a service error, Wessels ended the set with one of Polan's match-high 28 assists.

Wessels hit .357 with seven kills and was one of six Bulldogs to hit over .300 for the match.    

Christine Wu started the second set with an ace and Rogers followed with a kill to give Yale a lead it would not surrender.  Moments later, the Bulldogs turned a 5-3 lead into a 16-7 advantage -- a run capped by a Johnson kill.  

Yale hit .419 in the third set led by four kills from Maya Midzik, who finished a career-high seven on the evening.   The Bulldogs scored seven of the last eight points of the set -- which included three kills from Midzik -- to close out the match.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity