November 13, 2010

Yale Sweeps Cornell, Clinches a Share of the Ivy League Championship

Bulldogs Win 10th in a Row, Finish 12-2 in Ivy Regular Season

As the season has progressed, so have the Bulldogs.   And tonight, Yale made its biggest statement thus far in the 2010 season with a sweep of Cornell to clinch at least a tie of the Ivy League championship.

The Bulldogs, who won a piece of their third Ivy League title in the last seven years, used a balanced offensive attack and stellar defense to capture their 10th win in a row and completed their league regular season with a 12-2 mark and an 18-7 overall record. 

The scores of the sets were 25-20, 25-21 and 25-21.

Bulldogs stand one win ahead of Penn, which defeated Dartmouth in four sets tonight.  The Quakers are now 11-2 in Ivy League play and will face Princeton on Wednesday night.

If the Quakers win on Wednesday, they will face Yale in a one-match playoff next weekend.  If Penn loses, Yale will be the outright Ivy League champion. 

Tonight in Ithaca, N.Y., the Bulldogs continued their trend of numerous contributors on offense and defense.   

"This team overcame some adversity early in the season, but they have bonded together, trusted each other on the court and believed in each other," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "I couldn't be more proud of them right now."

Bridget Hearst slammed a team-best 11 kills for Yale, while teammates Taylor Cramm and Erica Reetz each posted 10.  Cramm finished the night without an attack error and hit .667 for the match. 

"Taylor Cramm was exceptional tonight," Appleman added.

Kendall Polan contributed match-highs in assists (27) and digs (18) with nine kills and a .412 hitting percentage.  Katie Cordell and Haley Wessels both had five kills.

Kelly Hansen finished with a match-best 12 kills for the Big Red, who finished their season 4-20 overall and 2-12 in league play.

Kelly Ozurovich added 16 digs for the Bulldogs, who held a 66-50 advantage in that statistical category.  Cordell added 12, while Kerry Clavadetscher tallied nine digs and 19 assists.

While the Bulldogs have completed their regular season, the date and time of their next match is contingent on the outcome of the Penn-Princeton match on Wednesday.