Bulldogs Make Big Plays, Defeat Dartmouth
HANOVER, N.H. -- Yale delivered timely serves, swings, digs - and ultimately a win -- in a 3-1 victory at Dartmouth on Friday night.
The Bulldogs won their 23rd straight Ivy match, including their 11th consecutive victory on the road, to improve to 9-0 in league play and 15-3 overall.
The scores of the match were 25-23, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-20.
Kendall Polan, the reigning league player of the week, dished out a season-high 50 assists to a variety of hitters. Five Bulldogs struck for at least nine kills.
On defense, Maddie Rudnick came up with a team-high 22 digs - her second straight match with at least 20. Rudnick leads the team with a 4.81 digs per set average.
The Bulldogs held a 72-61 edge in digs and a 15-8 advantage in blocks.
Polan added 14 digs, five kills and an ace.
Down 16-10 in the fourth, Yale stormed back to score seven of the next eight points before finishing off the Big Green. Midzik and Johnson produced kills to give the Bulldogs brief one-point leads
Yale delivered the knockout punch with six of the final seven points.
With a 21-20 edge, Tori Shepherd extended Yale's lead with back-to-back sinking, line-drive aces to give Yale a 23-20 lead. After an attack error, Midzik finished off the match.
Midzik started a rally in the third with offense and defense. She started with a kill to make it 6-4, then came up with a diving dig that led to a point and made a pass to Polan, who set up Johnson.
Later in the set, Johnson rattled off three kills to give Yale a commanding 22-15 lead.
Yale started off the night with an impressive first-set victory.
The Bulldogs rebounded from an early 14-8 deficit and seized control of the set. Yale closed out the set on a 9-4 run.
Carter tied the set at 21, and after capitalizing on a Dartmouth error, Johnson pushed Yale's lead to 23-21. Johnson closed out the set with Yale's final two points - both kills.
The Bulldogs maintained their three-match lead in the standings and face second-place Harvard tomorrow in Cambridge. First serve is set for 5 p.m.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity