Bulldogs Bounce Back, Defeat Princeton in Four

Kendall Polan (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Kendall Polan (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Johnson Posts Second Straight Triple-Double; Yale Goes to 5-0 in Ivy

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Kelly Johnson and Mollie Rogers delivered 13 kills each to keep Yale undefeated in the Ivy League with a 3-1 win over Princeton on Saturday night.

The scores of the match were 21-25, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-15.  Yale improved to 5-0 in conference play, 11-3 overall and have grabbed an early two-match lead in the conference standings.  

Johnson, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, produced her second triple-double in as many nights, and the Bulldogs rebounded from a first-set loss.  In addition to hitting .346, Johnson provided 14 digs,13 assists, two block assists and two aces.

Kendall Polan, the two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, continued to excel in all aspects of the game.  Polan dished out 33 assists and 17 digs -- both match-high totals -- and added four kills, three aces and a block assist.   

After Yale dropped the first set, Polan almost single-handedly seized control of the second.  Brittani Steinberg's kill gave Yale a 2-1 lead, then Polan took the ball.

Polan's signature jump serve produced two straight aces.  After a Princeton error, Polan set up Johnson for back-to-back kills to give Yale a 7-1 lead.  

In the third set, Yale again ran out to a 7-1 lead.  Rogers and Steinberg had four kills each en route to a 10-point set victory.   

Steinberg continued her hot hitting and smashed 12 kills for the Bulldogs and had 21 kills in the two victories this weekend.  

On defense, McHaney Carter had a season-high six block assists and added five kills without an error for Yale.  Maddie Rudnick had 17 digs, while Rogers added 13. 

Maya Midzik had two late kills as the Bulldogs pulled away in the final set.  Midzik gave the Bulldogs an 18-13 lead and Yale followed by scoring seven of the final nine points. 

Princeton (6-9, 2-3 Ivy) was led by Kendall Peterkin's 12 kills and Lauren Miller's 32 assists.  

Yale hits the road the next weekend for the first time in conference play this season.  Yale plays at Cornell on Friday and at Columbia on Saturday.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity