Defense Lifts First-Place Bulldogs to Ninth Consecutive Win

Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Out-Digs Columbia 78-59 En Route to Victory

Bridget Hearst slammed a match-high 14 kills, while Erica Reetz added 12 kills and 13 digs as the Bulldogs swept Columbia in New York City and extended their win streak to nine matches.  With the win, Yale maintained its first-place position in the Ivy League with an 11-2 conference record and a 17-7 overall mark. 

The Bulldogs won in three sets – 25-21, 25-19 and 27-25.  Columbia fell to 15-9 overall and 7-6 in Ivy play.
In other Ivy League action, Penn (10-2 in Ivy) kept its hold on second place with a victory over Harvard, while Princeton dropped to 8-4 in the conference after a loss at Dartmouth on Friday night.
Yale dominated defensively and held an overwhelming advantage over the Lions in digs (78-59) tonight.  Entering this week, the Bulldogs led the nation in digs per set.
Kendall Polan posted a match-high 23 digs and added 28 assists.  Kelly Ozurovich added 20 digs and Katie Cordell had 13.
At the net, the Bulldogs met the challenge of the Lions, who began play tonight as the league's top blocking team.  Yale held a 9.5 to 5 edge in total team blocks. 
Taylor Cramm led the Bulldogs with five block assists, while Hearst and Haley Wessels each had
On offense, six different Bulldogs had at least four kills in the match.  After Hearst and Reetz, Wessels had six kills, while Polan, Cordell and Cramm each had four.
Megan Gaughn led the Lions with 10 kills and contributed 12 digs, while Cindy Chen added a team-best 18 digs.
The Bulldogs close out their regular season schedule tomorrow with a match at Cornell. The match is set to begin at 5 p.m.