October 25, 2013

Second Half of Ivy Season Starts at Brown

The Bulldogs continue a five-match road swing with a match at Brown on Saturday at 5 p.m.  Last weekend Yale extended its Ivy League win streak to seven in a row this season and 21 matches overall.  Yale enters this weekend with a 13-3 record and holds a two-match lead in the conference standings.  

Yale defeated Brown 3-0 on Sept. 28 in New Haven.  Kendall Polan hit .462 for Yale and delivered eight kills,10 digs with a team-high 23 assists.

Last Time Out

Brittani Steinberg and Maya Midzik both blasted career highs in kills, and several other Bulldogs reached season or career bests to lead Yale to its 21st consecutive Ivy League win.  Steinberg became the first Bulldog to produce 20 kills in a match this season and hit .514, while Kelly Johnson added 14 and Midzik had 10.  

Steinberg Earns Ivy League Honors

Brittani Steinberg was named Ivy League co-Player and co-Rookie of the Week on Oct. 22. Steinberg had 11 kills with just two errors in a three-set sweep over Cornell on Friday night and followed that up with a 20-kill performance – the first by a Bulldog this season – in a four-set win over Columbia.  It is the first time this season that Steinberg has won player of the week honors and the second time she earned rookie of the week honors.  Yale has now had at least one honoree in six of the seven weeks this season. 

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

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 fifth in the conference at a .311 clip.  

Bulldogs' in National Rankings

Yale ranks 46th out of 332 teams, up five spots from last week, in the latest NCAA's RPI ranking.  In addition, the Bulldogs rank 44th 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 1.65 kills per set.  Mollie Rogers leads the team with a 2.95 average, with Brittani Steinberg averaging 2.81 and Jesse Ebner with 2.54.  Kelly Johnson produces 2.54 kills per set, while McHaney Carter averages 1.65.

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 (3.12 digs per set), Kelly Johnson (2.43), Mollie Rogers (2.18) and Brittani Steinberg (1.40) have also provided solid numbers.

'Mac' Attack

Senior McHaney Carter leads the team with 39 total blocks, including a season-high six in Yale's win lover Princeton on Oct. 12.  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 30 this year. 

Coming Up Aces

The Bulldogs enter the week ranked eighth in the nation in aces per set with a 1.82 average.  Individually, Yale's Kendall Polan ranks 13th in the nation a 0.48 aces per set average. 

Scouting the Opponent

Brown (8-10, 4-3 Ivy) split a pair of road matches last weekend with a loss at Columbia and a win at Cornell.  The Bears are 5-2 at home this season.  The Bears are led by Maddie Lord's 2.57 kills per set, while Sara Lucenti leads the team with a 4.95 assists per set.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity