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The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Midzik Becomes Fifth Bulldog to Lead in Kills

HANOVER, N.H. -- Yale's offense this season has come from many different sources.  Friday night's win at Dartmouth provided another example.

Maya Midzik became the fifth different player to lead the team in kills -- a career-high 13 -- in Yale's ninth straight Ivy win to start the season.  

Midzik's team-high Friday night joined Mollie Rogers, Jesse Ebner, Kelly Johnson and Brittani Steinberg to pace the team at least once this year.

Two more players - Kendall Polan and McHaney Carter - have both reached double-figures in kills this season. Polan had a personal-season-best 10 against now-No. 7 Missouri, and Carter had a season-high 12 and hit .667 in a win over Army at the Pentagon.  

Yale took firm control Friday night against Dartmouth and ended the third set in fitting fashion - with its final four points produced by four different hitters - symbolic of Yale's depth.

Polan, who tied an conference-season-high with 50 assists in a four-set match, set up Johnson to give Yale a 22-15 lead.  Next up, Steinberg delivered off a set from Polan.  On the next point, Steinberg returned the favor to Polan, who converted before Midzik finished off the set.  

Midzik notched set point in the third and match point in the fourth for Yale, which extended in historic Ivy League win streak to 23 matches.  

Yale has seven different players who average at least 1.21 kills per set.  

Other highlight's from Friday night's victory at Dartmouth:

  • McHaney Carter and Kelly Johnson both surpassed the 400th career kill mark at Yale on Friday.  Johnson now has 406, while Carter now has 402.
  • Last weekend, Mollie Rogers connected on her 700th career kill at Yale.  On Friday night, Rogers hit double-figures in kills for the 10th time this season.  The two-time first team All-Ivy had 11 kills against the Big Green.  Earlier this season, Rogers had a team-high 14 kills in a 3-0 win over Dartmouth in New Haven.
  • Maddie Rudnick notched a match-high 22 digs, the sixth time she's totaled at least 20 in a match this season.
  • Tori Shepherd served up aces on two consecutive points in the deciding fourth set.  It was the second time in three matches she's produced at least two in a match. 
  • Yale matched a season-best output with 14 block assists on Friday night, led by Kelly Johnson's five.  
  • Johnson, the reigning Ivy Rookie of the Year, had another all-around match with 13 kills, eight digs, five block assists and four assists.
  • Kendall Polan, the current Ivy Player of the Week, added 14 digs, five kills and an ace to go along with a season-high 50 assists.  

 Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity