September 2, 2011

Bulldogs Open With a Win Over Boston College

Yale Uses Balanced Attack to Down Eagles on Friday Night

NEW HAVEN -- Freshman Mollie Rogers made an immediate impact in Yale's season-opening, 3-1 victory over Boston College on Friday night.  Rogers posted match-highs in kills and digs to help lead the Bulldogs to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 25-10) win over the Eagles at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Rogers notched her first collegiate kill only three points into the match, and went on to provide 13 kills and 27 digs.   Her immediate contributions, coupled with a balanced attack, gave Yale all it would need.

"This was a good win against a good ACC team," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.

Defensively, the Bulldogs were also led by freshman Maddie Rudnick who had 16 digs -- one of four Bulldogs to post-double figures.

Tsvetelina Dureva led BC with 12 kills and 17 digs, while Cagla Sen had a team-high 22 assists.

Kendall Polan, reigning the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, picked up where she left off in 2010.  Polan barely missed a triple-double with 40 assists, 13 digs and six kills.

The Bulldogs showcased a special quality early in its season-opening match on Friday night: balance.  Five different Bulldogs contributed kills in the team's first eight points en route to a first set win.

Polan, Erica Reetz (13 kills, 10 digs) and Rogers kicked off the match with points.  All three led the way on offense. 

Senior captain Taylor Cramm and freshman Allie Frappier (five kills, 9 digs) combined for consecutive kills to give Yale an early 8-3 lead and set the tone for the match.  

Momentum remained with the Bulldogs in the second set.  Yale broke a 9-all tie with a 7-1 run.

During that spurt, Rogers and Cramm teamed up to provide block assists.  Rogers followed with a thunderous kill along the right side and Cramm used a tip at the net to give Yale a 16-10 lead.

Following a Boston College error, the Bulldogs had their biggest lead of the set -- 17-10. 

Consecutive errors allowed the Eagles to pull within 24-19, before Rogers set up Reetz, who slammed a kill down the middle of the court to end the set.

"I thought Mollie played really well tonight," Appleman said.

The Eagles stormed back to take the third, when the Bulldogs finally showed some jitters.  Krystle Higgins broke a 16-all tie with a kill and started a stretch to give the Eagles a 22-17 lead. 

"We showed some youth at times and some real athletic ability," Appleman said.

Yale regained its poise in the fourth set and raced out to a 9-2 advantage.

Cramm, who hit .538 for the match with eight kills, chased down a deflection to tap the ball over the net for a kill.  The Bulldogs followed with a total team effort on the next point.

Rogers dove to keep an attack attempt in play and passed the ball to Polan, who set up McHaney Carter (five kills) for the team's ninth point.  Reetz eventually ended the match with her 13th kill of the night.

 Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity