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Yale Outlasts Dartmouth to Remain Undefeated in Ivy Play

Mollie Rogers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mollie Rogers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Win 28th Straight Ivy Regular Season Home Match

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  -- In the end, the Bulldogs had too many answers - led by Mollie Rogers. 

Rogers, a first-team All-Ivy selection, led Yale for a second straight night. Last night Rogers led Yale with 11 kills.

This time Rogers led Yale with 14 kills, and three other Bulldogs had at least nine kills in a sweep of Dartmouth on Saturday evening.  

The scores of the match were 25-23, 25-19 and 25-12.  Yale improved to 9-3 overall, 3-0 in Ivy play and won its 28 straight Ivy regular season home match.  

Yale won two hard-fought sets and pulled away in the third.  The Bulldogs matched the early fire of the Big Green, and then picked it up a notch. 

"Dartmouth came out strong and we were able to match their intensity and play at a high level," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.

A night after losing a five-setter at Brown, the Big Green (7-8, 0-3 Ivy) played the Bulldogs tough early.   Jesse Ebner broke a 14-all tie in the first set and Rogers followed with a kill to give the Bulldogs a 16-14 lead and force a Dartmouth timeout.  

Yale carried a three-point edge to 23-20 before consecutive kills from Emily Astarita cut the deficit to one.  Rogers and Astarita traded kills before Rogers closed out the set.    

Dartmouth led 16-15 in the second set before the Bulldogs recovered and took control.  Kelly Johnson struck from back-to-back kills and after Dartmouth tied the set again, Brittani Steinberg, who had 12 kills and hit .435 on the evening, blasted consecutive points to give Yale a two-point edge.  

Astarita cut the deficit to 19-18 one more time before the Bulldogs rattled off the last six points to take the set - started by a kill from McHaney Carter

Yale broke open the third set with eight straight points to take a commanding 19-8 lead. 

Johnson had 11 kills and 17 assists, while Ebner added nine kills and hit .467.  Yale hit .336 as a team tonight, its second-highest percentage for a match this season.

The Bulldogs had 51 assists on 53 kills.  Kendall Polan had 27 assists to lead the Bulldogs.  

"Our setters played great tonight," Appleman said.  

On defense, Maddie Rudnick led with 14 digs as the Bulldogs held a 50-40 edge.  

The Bulldogs return to action next week with home matches against Penn on Friday and Princeton on Saturday.  Penn brings a 1-2 Ivy record to New Haven, while Princeton enters the weekend as one of three conference teams with a 2-1 mark. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity