Bulldogs Finish Weekend With a Victory

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Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Polan and Reetz Named to All-Tourney Team

The Yale women's volleyball team ended its weekend at the Blackbird Invitational on a positive note with a 3-0 victory over host Long Island University on Saturday evening in Brooklyn, N.Y.  The Bulldogs, now 5-1 on the season, bounced back from a 3-1 loss to Georgetown earlier in the day.  Freshmen Kendall Polan and Erica Reetz were named to the all-tournament team.

"We're a young team, we're going to have some ups and downs," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "But I was pleased we were able to bounce back after losing to Georgetown." 

In the nightcap, the Bulldogs dominated the first two sets and held off the Blackbirds (1-8) in the third to take the match by the scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-22.  Haley Wessels posted a team-best 12  kills and led a balanced offensive attack for Yale, which also received solid efforts from Reetz (10 kills), Bridget Hearst (8 kills), Katie Cordell (8 kills) and Taylor Cramm (7 kills).  Kelly Ozurovich (22 digs) and Cordell (16 digs) led the way on defense for the Bulldogs.

In the third set, Wessels struck back-to-back kills to give Yale a 10-4 lead and force Long Island to call a timeout.  The Blackbirds came back to cut the deficit to 14-13 after an Artisha Jackson kill.  Yale rallied for the next four points – including three straight kills from Cramm, Hearst and Cordell – pull away. 

Georgetown (5-5) won the final three sets against Yale after dropping the opening frame – 20-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-16.  Wessels (12 kills) and Hearst (10 kills) led the way for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs scored the last seven points in a first set victory, and dropped a tight second set.  With the score tied at 21, the Hoyas tallied four of the next five points, capped by kills from Kortney Robinson and Annalee Abell.

In the third set, a Reetz kill gave the Bulldogs an 11-10 edge.  Georgetown would score eight of the next nine points en route to a third set victory.

In the final set, consecutive kills from Polan and Hearst gave the Bulldogs an early 3-2 lead.  The Hoyas stormed back with a 12-6 run and went on to capture the set.

The Bulldogs head west next weekend for the Fullerton Classic in California.   Yale will play Liberty, West Virginia and host Cal-State Fullerton beginning on Friday.

"Our trip to California will give us some great competition next week and give us some more challenges before we go into the Ivy League season," said Appleman.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy