Yale Sweeps Penn, Closes Out 13-Win Ivy Season

Yale Sweeps Penn, Closes Out 13-Win Ivy Season

Rogers Leads the Way with 14 Kills for the Bulldogs

PHILADELPHIA -- Yale closed out its third Ivy League season in six years with at least 13 wins with a sweep of Penn in the Palestra.  

The scores of the match were 25-15, 25-17 and 25-21.  Yale improved to 19-4 overall and 13-1 in the Ivy League to ensure at least a four-match edge in the final standings. 

Mollie Rogers continued her torrid hitting with 14 kills and a .394 percentage to lead Yale to its fourth straight victory.  

Kendall Polan, in her final Ivy League match, dished out 36 assists and added 11 digs to give Yale its sixth straight win over the Quakers.  Polan tonight moved into ninth place all-time at Yale with 1,172 digs.  

Yale's seniors -- McHaney Carter, Polan and Erica Reetz - finished off the winningest four-year stretch in conference history with a 51-5 mark.  

Yale has a chance to win 20 games for the fourth time in the Erin Appleman head coaching era in its final match of the season at Stony Brook on Nov. 26. A night after Appleman won her 200th match at Yale, the Bulldogs earned another road win.

"We played at a very high level tonight, and I'm very proud of how we came out and kept our intensity," Appleman said. 

Fresh off a win at Princeton, the Bulldogs stormed out and wrapped up the first set with a 9-2 run.  Carter struck for three of her six kills in the final three points of the set.

The Bulldogs had another strong night at the net.  After 12 total team blocks last night against the Tigers, Yale had 11 tonight, including two solo and 18 block assists. 

Maya Midzik had seven total blocks and six block assists to led the Bulldogs.  

Yale scored eight of the first 12 points in the second set.  The Bulldogs kept their intensity throughout the set.

Kelly Johsnon, who added 11 kills and seven digs, delivered a kill to extend Yale's lead to 15-8. Later in the set, Johnson started another rally with a kill.

Maddie Rudnick followed the Johnson kill with an ace, then Midzik smashed one of her seven kills to give Yale its largest lead of the set - 20-11.  

Carter and Rogers went back-to-back with kills to give Yale an 18-10 lead in the third set.  Penn cut the deficit to 19-17, but Johnson responded with a kill and Rudnick served up three straight points to help Yale pull away. 

With the Ivy League clinched, the Bulldogs will advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season.  Yale will learn its opponent on Sunday, Dec. 1 during the NCAA Selection Show at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity