Polan Notches Third Straight Triple-Double in Win Over Big Red
Ithaca, N.Y. -- The Bulldogs started their New York road swing with a sweep of Cornell.
Kendall Polan, the reigning Ivy Player of the Week, posted her third straight triple-double, Maddie Rudnick had a match-high 18 digs and Yale hit .333 in a 3-0 win over Cornell. Polan hit .480 with 14 kills, 17 digs and 21 assists.
The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-14, and 25-14.
Yale (6-5, 2-0 Ivy) won its third straight match and took control midway through the first game. With a 6-5 lead, the Bulldogs scored six of the next seven points in a run capped by block assists from Polan and Jesse Ebner.
Mollie Rogers (eight kills) gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the set at 23-17. Rogers scored the final two points of the set.
The Bulldogs hit .419 with 16 kills in a second set victory.
Back-to-back kills from Polan kicked started a 10-3 spurt in the second. Up 9-7, Polan's kills increased the Bulldogs' lead to 11-7.
After a Yale service error, Polan and Ebner smashed consecutive kills to force a Cornell timeout. The teams traded errors before Yale scored three more in a row with Polan and Haley Wessels providing kills to give Yale a 17-9 advantage.
Cornell's Breanna Wong followed with a kill. The next point ended with a Big Red error, and that was followed by an ace from Rogers.
Kelly Johnson's kill pushed Yale's lead to double-digits in the third. Johnson finished with eight kills and a team-high 21 assists while hitting .375 tonight.
The Bulldogs reached its largest lead of the night, 23-11, after consecutive Cornell errors. Cornell responded with three straight points.
Johnson stopped the run with a kill and an Big Red error ended the match.
Yale heads to Columbia for a 5 p.m. match on Saturday in New York City. Columbia defeated Brown in five sets on Friday night.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity