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Ebner Leads Bulldogs to Third Straight Win

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

University Park, Pa. -- Jesse Ebner smashed a match-high 16 kills and contributed in many other ways in Yale's 3-1 win over Eastern Kentucky on Friday night. 

Ebner hit .433 and stuffed the box score with 10 digs, four block assists and four aces in a match where the Bulldogs pulled away with an impressive third set.  Yale won its third straight and improved to 5-2 on the season.

"Jesse had an impressive hitting performance," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "She also displayed great leadership tonight." 

The scores of the match were 25-20, 26-28, 25-8 and 25-19.  

Kendall Polan dished out a match-best 42 assists, 18 digs and added a season-high five aces.  Polan, who also had four kills, entered the day ranked tied for sixth in the nation in aces per set. 

Kelly Johnson posted 10 kills, 10 digs and six assists, while Mollie Rogers added nine kills.  Karlee Fuller added a season-high six kills and hit .333 for Yale.  

On defense, Yale posted a season-high 77 digs in balanced fashion.  Maddie Rudnick had 16 and Rogers had 11 as five different Bulldogs had at least 10.  

After splitting the first two sets, Yale dominated the third and never trailed in the final two sets.  The Bulldogs hit .522 with 13 kills on 23 swings in a convincing third set victory.

Yale seized control from the first point in the third.  Johnson opened with a kill, Ebner followed with an ace and a Rogers kill.

From there, Yale grabbed nine of the next 13 points.  Ebner connected with a kill and Polan followed with an ace to cap the run and give Yale a 12-4 lead.  Fuller and Ebner combined for block assists to give Yale its largest lead at 23-7. 

Maya Midzik snapped a 5-5 tie with a kill in the fourth and Yale won four of the next five points.  

Yale returns to action tomorrow to face Albany at 1 p.m. and No. 1 Penn State at 8 p.m. Both matches can be followed on GameTracker.   

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity