October 12, 2012

Yale Remains Hot, Rallies Past Princeton

Yale Slams Season-High 71 Kills in Win Over Tigers

NEW HAVEN -- Kelly Johnson and Kendall Polan provided triple-doubles to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over Princeton and their seventh straight victory. 

With the win, the Bulldogs (10-5, 6-0 Ivy) took sole possession of first place in the Ivy League, while Princeton suffered its first loss and dropped to 5-1 in the conference and 8-8 overall.

The scores of the match of 22-25, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-22.

"We overcame some early adversity tonight and settled down to play a solid match," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.

Johnson, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, provided a season-high 19 kills, and came through late in the deciding fourth set.  With the set tied at 18, Johnson teamed up with Haley Wessels for block assists, then on the next point slammed a diagonal kill to give Yale a two-point edge.

Princeton scored the next three points.  After a Yale timeout, Wessels and Erica Reetz went back-to-back with kills to put Yale back in front at 22-21.

Jesse Ebner teamed up with Johnson for block assists on the next point.  After an attack error, Reetz delivered another kill to put Yale at match point.

Christine Wu took the ball as the crowd rose to its feet in anticipation.  A Princeton attack error ended the match and the John J. Lee Amphitheater erupted.

Johnson finished with 11 digs, 18 assists and hit .421.  

"Kelly was outstanding tonight," Appleman said.

Polan had a season-best 43 assists to go along with 10 digs and 11 kills. It was her sixth triple-double of the year.

After splitting the first two sets, the Bulldogs took control of the third set.  Yale opened with a 15-5 run capped by an Ebner ace.  

Ebner had three aces tonight and leads the team with 18 on the season.

Princeton came back and reduced the deficit to 18-13.  Johnson stopped the run with a kill and Yale's lead never dropped below five with Rogers ending the set.

The Bulldogs blasted a season-high 71 kills and held Princeton to 49.

Rogers reached double figures in kills with 13 for the eighth time this season.  Rogers also shined on defense with 20 digs -- one of five Bulldogs to reach at least 11.

Maddie Rudnick led Yale with 21 digs -- including several off of her sister Lydia, who finished with a match-high 20 kills for Princeton.  

Reetz and Ebner both had eight kills, while McHaney Carter totaled seven while hitting .400.  

The Bulldogs host Penn tomorrow at 5 p.m. in New Haven.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity

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