Bulldogs Look To Extend Winning Streak Saturday Against Brown

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Yale Can Complete Season Sweep Of Bears

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale continues a stretch of five straight home matches with its second match of the season against Brown. The Bears visit the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs (11-5, 7-0 Ivy) have won eight straight after last weekend's sweep of Princeton and Penn.

Freshman setter Kelly Johnson continued her stellar play last weekend and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season on Monday.

Johnson led the Bulldogs with 28 kills and seven total blocks as Yale moved into sole possession of first place.  Yale smashed a season-high 71 kills and defeated Princeton 3-1 on Oct. 12.

In the victory over the Tigers, Johnson produced a triple-double that included a season-high 19 kills. She hit .421 and added 18 assists and 11 digs. With the fourth set tied at 18, Johnson had a block assist and then on the next point slammed a diagonal kill to give Yale a two-point edge.

Maddie Rudnick earned conference honor roll honors this week and led Yale with 21 digs -- including several off of her sister Lydia, who finished with a match-high 20 kills for Princeton.  Maddie Rudnick ranks third in the Ivy League with a 4.75 digs per set average.

Mollie 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.

Rogers ranks fourth in the conference in kills per set with a 3.02 average.

Rudnick and Kendall Polan provided 16 digs each, and Erica Reetz blasted a season-high 10 kills for Yale in a sweep of the Quakers.

Yale used a 12-0 run in the second set and a 9-0 spurt in the third to beat the Quakers last Saturday.

Brown comes to New Haven with a 5-12 overall record and a 1-6 mark in conference play.  This is the second time the Bulldogs and Bears are meeting this season.

Five different Bulldogs served up aces as Yale held off a comeback in a 3-1 win over Brown on Sept. 22 in Providence. It was the conference opener for both teams.

The Bulldogs won the first two sets, including the second in dramatic fashion, and halted a comeback by the Bears.  The scores of the match were 25-15, 28-26, 20-25 and 27-25.

Rogers smashed a team-best 14 kills and was one of four Bulldogs to reach double-figures. Polan added her fourth triple-double of the season and her second straight.

After dropping the third set, the Bulldogs faced set point in the fourth but came from behind. 

Brown raced to a 10-4 lead in the fourth until Polan delivered one of her 10 kills.  

Rogers served two straight aces and a Brown error cut the deficit to 10-8.  Later, down 14-12, the Bulldogs overcame the Bears with four straight points with two kills from Johnson and one from Rogers. 

Amanda Nickel, who tallied a match-best 15 kills for Brown, tied the set at 22. Jesse Ebner responded with a kill and a Brown error extended the set to match point.

Consecutive Yale attack errors and a kill from Kathryn Glickman put Brown ahead 25-24. A Brown service error tied the set.

Ebner, who hit .348 with 11 kills, followed with an ace and on the next point passed to Polan, who setup Rogers for the match-winner.  Yale matched a then season-high with six aces on the day and only committed one service error in the final three sets.

Polan notched a match-best 31 assist and team-high 20 digs, and added 10 kills.  Johnson just missed a triple-double with 24 assists, 13 kills and seven digs. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity