November 8, 2012

Ivy Trophy Presentation, Senior Night Highlight Bulldogs' Final Regular Season Weekend

Bulldogs Will Receive Ivy Trophy on Friday; Senior Haley Wessels Will Be Honored on Saturday

NEW HAVEN -- One week after clinching its third straight Ivy League championship, the Yale women's volleyball team wraps-up the 2012 regular season with home matches against Harvard and Dartmouth.

The Bulldogs will host Harvard on Friday at 7 p.m., and face Dartmouth on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Last weekend, the Bulldogs (16-5 overall, 12-0 Ivy) defeated Penn in four and swept Princeton to capture their fourth Ivy League title in the last five years.  Yale head coach Erin Appleman has now won five conference championships in her 10 seasons at Yale.

After Friday's match against Harvard, the Bulldogs will be awarded the Andrea Dutcher Trophy for earning the Ivy League title last weekend.

This weekend also marks the final home matches for Yale senior and team captain Haley Wessels.  The Dallas, Texas native will finish her Yale career with over 600 kills and will stand among the all-time program leaders in blocks.  

Wessels will be honored before Saturday's match against Dartmouth.  

Last Saturday, Wessels helped the Bulldogs win their latest Ivy title with a 3-0 victory at Princeton.  The senior had 11 kills, hit .417, three block assists and two solo blocks in the win over the Tigers.

Sophomore and reigning conference rookie of the year Mollie Rogers led Yale in kills in both matches and earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors.  

Rogers had 15 kills, hit .316 and added nine digs against Princeton.  In the win over Penn, Rogers delivered 16 kills and eight digs.  

Freshman Kelly Johnson posted a triple-double with 12 kills, 20 assists and a career-high 26 digs.  Maddie Rudnick (22), Kendall Polan (20) and Erica Reetz (11) also reached double-digits in digs, while the Bulldogs held 95-93 edge in the match. 

The Bulldogs entered this week among the nation's top teams in several statistical categories.  Yale ranks second among all Division I teams in kills per set (14.88), digs per set (19.96) and assists per set (13.88).  

Harvard begins play on Friday with a 6-6 conference record and a 9-15 overall mark.  Crimson senior Taylor Docter leads the team with a 3.15 kills per set average, while freshman Caroline Holte earned the Ivy League's most recent rookie of the week honor.

Dartmouth enters the weekend 1-11 in the Ivy League and 2-20 overall.  The Big Green are led by Alex Schoenberger who ranks seventh in the conference with a 3.20 points per set average.  

Yale's next match will also be its fourth NCAA tournament appearance.  The tournament's 64-team field will be announced during a selection show on ESPNU, Sunday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. ET. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity