Bulldogs Travel to Cornell, Columbia This Weekend

Mollie Rogers (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

 

The Bulldogs went 5-0 in a five match home stand to begin the Ivy season and play their first conference road matches this weekend at Cornell (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Columbia (Saturday, 5 p.m.).  

Yale has won its last 19 Ivy matches, the third longest active league winning streak in the nation, trailing only Morehead State (28, OVC) and LIU Brooklyn (24, NEC). In addition, since 2010 the Bulldogs have a 45-4 league record, which is tied for the seventh best league winning percentage (.919) in the nation. 

Yale enters play this weekend with a two-match lead in the Ivy standings. Yale defeated Penn and Princeton last weekend and stand as the only undefeated team left in the Ivy League.  

Last Time Out

Kelly Johnson and Mollie Rogers delivered 13 kills each in a 3-1 win over Princeton last Saturday.  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.

Johnson Named Ivy Player of the Week

Kelly Johnson, a sophomore from Palos Verdes, Calif., was honored on Oct. 15 as Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time this season. She also was selected on Sept. 10.  In 3-1 victories over the Quakers and Tigers, Johnson amassed 27 kills, 31 assists and 30 digs. She hit .345 for the two matches, recording 33.5 points.

Home Sweet Home

Yale has won 30 straight Ivy League regular season home matches.  The Bulldogs are 7-1 this season at the John J.Lee Amphitheater with a loss was to Missouri, which entered the week 18-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC.  

High Percentages

Yale hit .318 as a team in its latest win, a 3-1 victory over Princeton on Oct. 12.  The Bulldogs enter the week hitting .265 - the top percentage among Ivy League teams and rank 25th in the nation.  Yale has hit over .300 five times this season - including a .441 performance in a win over Army on Sept. 14.  Entering the week, Jesse Ebner leads the Ivy League with a .422 hitting percentage, while McHaney Carter ranks seventh in the conference at a .321 clip.  

Bulldogs' RPI Rises

Yale ranks 45th out of 332 teams, up five spots from last week, in the latest NCAA's RPI ranking.  In addition, the Bulldogs rank 52nd in the this week's latest Pablo Ranking, a nationally-recognized ratings system published by the website RichKern.com. 

Spreading the Wealth

Five different Bulldogs average at least 1.71 kills per set.  Mollie Rogers leads the team with a 2.94 average, with Brittani Steinberg averaging 2.57 and Jesse Ebner with 2.54.  Kelly Johnson produces 2.43 kills per set, while McHaney Carter averages 1.71.

Impressive 'D' 

Four Bulldogs average over two digs per set, led by junior Maddie Rudnick.  An All-Ivy Second Team member last season, Rudnick averages 4.65 digs per set and ranks second in the conference.  Kendall Polan (2.90 digs per set), Kelly Johnson (2.33), Mollie Rogers (2.16) and Brittani Steinberg (1.57) have also provided solid numbers.

'Mac' Attack

Senior McHaney Carter leads the team with 38 total blocks, including a season-high six in Yale's win last weekend over Princeton.  Carter leads the team with nine solo blocks and produced at least five total blocks in a match four times this season.  Carter had 21 block assists last season and has already surpassed that output with 28 this year. 

Coming Up Aces

The Bulldogs enter the week ranked 11th in the nation in aces per set with a 1.78 average.  Individually, Yale's Kendall Polan ranks eighth in the nation a 0.53 aces per set average. 

Scouting the Opponents 

Cornell defeated Binghamton in five on Tuesday and enter this weekend at 6-9 overall and 2-3 in the Ivy standings.  Breanna Wong leads the Big Red with a 2.91 kills per set average, while Cornell's Alyssa Phelps leads the Ivy League with an 8.77 assist per set average.  Natasha Rowland leads the conference with a 5.08 digs per set average.

Columbia enters the weekend with a 4-10 overall mark and a 2-3 conference record.  The Lions won at Dartmouth in five before losing 3-0 at Harvard last weekend. Bailey Springer ranks second in the Ivy League with a 3.40 kills per set average, while Atlanta Moye-McLaren averages 3.10. The Lions are tied with Harvard to lead the Ivy League with a 2.18 blocks per set team average.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity