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Bulldogs Drop Five-Set Match in Albany

Kerry Clavadetscher (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports publicity)
Kerry Clavadetscher (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports publicity)

Polan Produces Triple-Double in Loss

Despite four individual double-digit kill performances and a triple-double from Kendall Polan, the Yale women's volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (15-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21,15-8) decision at Albany on Saturday night.  Polan tallied 34 assists, 17 kills and 10 digs for the Bulldogs, who lost in Albany after defeating the Great Danes last night in New Haven.

Katie Cordell, Polan, Erica Reetz each had 17 kills, and Haley Wessels added 13 in the loss for Yale, which will begin Ivy League on Friday at Brown.  The Bulldogs, now 6-5 on the season, won the first set 25-15 and later took a 2-1 lead into the fourth before dropping the final two sets.

In the fifth set, Albany produced a .400 team hitting percentage and won 15-8.   Casey Wright (5 solo blocks) and Gabby Whitworth had 14 kills apiece for Albany, which improved to 9-5 on the season.

The Bulldogs hit .284 for the match, including .472 in the third set, but struggled to an .045 percentage in the deciding fifth game.  Kerry Clavadetscher added 30 assists for Yale.

Cordell added 23 digs, while Kelly Ozurovich (16 kills) and Reetz (12 kills) also stood out on the defense end for Yale, who played its final non-conference match of the season.   

 Yale plays at Brown on Friday.  The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in Providence.