Balanced Attack Gives Yale Its First Win of 2013

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

Four Bulldogs Deliver at Least Eight Kills

NEW HAVEN -- The Bulldogs earned their first win of the season against Colgate, the defending Patriot League champs, on Saturday afternoon.

The scores of the match were 25-20, 25-20 and 25-19.

Jesse Ebner and Mollie Rogers led a balanced attack with nine kills each, while McHaney Carter and Kelly Johnson added eight apiece.  Johnson added 18 assists and 10 digs, and for the second straight match just missed a triple-double.

Yale (1-1) received standout play in the middle with Carter's two solo blocks and two block assists, in addition to Maya Midzik's contributions.  Midzik had two kills along with one solo block and one block assists.

"We got some great play in the middle and it was nice to pick up our first win of the season at home," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said. 

After taking the first set with a dominating 22-10 lead at one point, the Bulldogs came back to take the second.

Brittani Steinberg started a run of four straight points to give Yale a 15-14 lead.  During the stretch, Steinberg had two kills and an ace.

The Bulldogs continued to the run with four of the next five points to take a 20-15 lead.  Two points were of the highlight reel variety - a nifty dig from Maddie Rudnick (15 digs) led to a Johnson kill, and Ebner added a dig to keep the play alive for an eventual kill from Carter.

Johnson finished off the second set with a one-handed set to Ebner, who smashed the ball into the Colgate court.  The third set featured another part of Johnson's game - six kills in a 25-19 set victory.

Colgate (4-1) was led by Kathleen Harris, who had 11 kills and seven digs.

The Bulldogs return to the court against Seton Hall in the final match of the Yale Invitational.  The match begins at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity