Late Surge Lifts Yale Over Cornell

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

Bulldogs Hit .520 in Third Set to Take Control

NEW HAVEN -- After losing the first set, Yale won the next three against Cornell on Saturday afternoon and improved to 10-0 in Ivy League play. 

With the win, the Bulldogs completed a 5-0 home stand and kept pace at the top of the Ivy League standings.

Kendall Polan put together a triple-double -- 11 kills, 31 assists and 14 digs -- and Jesse Ebner hit .667 with 12 kills as the Bulldogs rebounded from a sluggish start.

The scores of the match were 26-28, 25-23, 25-12 and 25-12.  

The Bulldogs (14-5, 10-0 Ivy) exploded in the third set with a .520 hitting percentage and only one attack error in 25 swings.   During the set, Yale raced out to a 5-1 lead after an ace from Polan.  

With Yale kept the four-point edge at 8-4, then scored nine of the next 11 points.  Ebner capped the run to make it 17-6.

In the fourth set, Yale remained hot.  The Bulldogs hit .344 for the set and capitalized on errors to snap an 8-all tie.

Three Cornell errors and a kill from Polan put Yale ahead 12-8.  The Bulldogs scored nine of the next 10 points with seven kills from five different players.

Other standout hitters included McHaney Carter (10 kills, .421) and Kelly Johnson (11 kills, .357) for the Bulldogs.

Yale returns to the road next week against the two closest teams in the conference standings.  Yale faces third-place Penn (7-3 Ivy) on Friday at 7 p.m., and travels to second-place Princeton (8-2 Ivy) on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity