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Yale Continues Winning Ways, Sweeps Brown

Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Win Ninth Straight, Maintain Top Spot in Ivy Standings

NEW HAVEN -- Kelly Johnson, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, delivered again on Saturday with a match-high 12 kills as the Bulldogs extended its win streak and swept Brown.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 12-5 overall and 8-0 in the Ivy League.  The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-21 and 25-22.  

Johnson and Kendall Polan both contributed double-doubles.  Polan dished out a match-high 23 assists with 11 digs and five kills, while Johnson added 15 assists and eight digs. 

Erica Reetz and Mollie Rogers both tallied a team-high 15 digs for Yale.  Reetz added seven kills, including three during a third-set comeback, and hit .333 for the match.  

Despite the sweep, the Bulldogs had to come from behind in the third set.  Down 17-13, Reetz started an 8-0 run with a kill.

Jesse Ebner followed on the next point with a kill, and Reetz added another.  Two Brown errors came next, and Reetz and Johnson went back-to-back with kills to give Yale a 20-17 lead. 

Brown came back to make it 22-21 after a service error then Ebner pushed Yale's lead up to 23-21 on the next point.  Yale never trailed again. 

After dropping the first two points, Yale scored 14 of the next 17 points to begin the second.  McHaney Carter gave Yale a 14-5 lead with a kill.  The Bulldogs maintained their nine-point cushion up until Rogers blasted a kill to make it 20-11.  

The Bears (5-13, 1-7 Ivy) went on a 10-3 run, capped by two straight kills from Amanda Nickels, to make it 23-21 Yale. Rogers and Polan smashed back-to-back kills to close out the set.

Yale led throughout the first half of the opening set.  Maya Midzik extended Yale's lead to 15-10 and a Brown attack error on the next point gave the Bulldogs their largest advantage of the set.  

Brown scored six of the next eight points, a rally capped by a kill from Lord, to pull the Bears within two.  After a Brown attack error, Lord smacked three straight kills to tie the set at 19.

The Bulldogs scored three consecutive points with two Brown errors and a Reetz kill.  

Yale returns to action on Friday for a home match against Columbia at 7 p.m.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publcity