Twelve Hours Later, Yale Responds With a Win Over Delaware

Maddie Rudnick. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Maddie Rudnick. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Balanced Attack Leads Yale to 3-1 Victory

College Park, Md. – After a long, hard-fought loss Friday night, the Bulldogs responded in the best way possible on Saturday morning – with a win.

Last night's 3-2 loss to Maryland seemed like an afterthought this morning for the Yale Volleyball team. 

After dropping the first set, Yale won the next three over Delaware in a true all-around effort – on offense and defense, at the net and in the backcourt.  The set scores were 24-26, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-20.

"We played extremely well after the fight we gave Maryland last night," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "We're going to have to do the same thing in the Ivy League."

Yale returns to action later today at 4:30 to face Sacred Heart in its final match of the weekend.

This morning, five different Bulldogs had at least eight kills.  Five different Bulldogs had at least 10 digs. 

Blocks came from many sources, too.  Five different Bulldogs had at least one block assist – and it seemed like more.

"This was a great win for our program," Yale lead coach Erin Appleman said.  "We had great play all the way around."

For the second day in a row, Mollie Rogers led a balanced attack on offense with 14 kills and added 11 digs. Fellow freshman Allie Frappier had perhaps the best all-around match – 21 digs, 13 kills, three solo blocks and an assist.

Erica Reetz added a double-double (12 kills and 14 digs), along with a .324 hitting percentage and two block assists.  Maddie Rudnick had 12 digs, while Kendall Polan had 49 assists.

The fourth set was tied at 14 before Yale went on set-changing 9-2 run.  It started with Taylor Cramm, and she kept it going.

Her block assist with Polan started the run.  A kill from Rogers, two from Katie Cordell and two more from Cramm kept the spurt going.  

Another solid play at the net capped the run.  Frappier put herself into position along the left side to reject a Kim Stewart attack for a solo block to give Yale a 23-16.

Rogers ended the match with an attack that landed just inside the backline. 

Delaware opened the third set with an ace before Yale responded with a block barrage led by Cramm, who teamed up with Polan, Rogers and Reetz to score three straight.

Cramm kept the spurt going with a kill off a one-handed dig from Frappier, who passed to Polan to set up the attack and subsequent point.  Yale scored four of the next five – capped by a Reetz ace and Rogers kill – to take a commanding 8-2 lead.

The aggressive net played continued later in the set with Cramm assisting on two more blocks with Reetz and Polan to give Yale its largest lead of the set at 16-7.

The Bulldogs put away Delaware in the third with back-to-back points.  Reetz took a cross-court set at the net from Polan and deposited the ball into the Blue Hens' side.  Moments later, Cramm read a serve that tipped off the net, deflected it to Polan, who gave it back to Cramm for the kill.

In the second set, Yale fell behind early and stormed back.  

Down 6-4, the Bulldogs scored 10 of the next 11 points.   Erica Reetz capped the run with three straight kills, including a two-handed stuff down the middle of the net, to give Yale a 14-7 cushion. 

As with most sets early this season, the final score was close.  The Blue Hens chipped away to cut the deficit to 23-22 before Yale capitalized on miscues to conclude the set.

Yale chased Delaware throughout the first set.  However, like with most sets this season, the Bulldogs made their opponent work for the win.

Trailing 8-4, the Bulldogs recovered with four straight points.   The set remained close with Reetz tying the set for the 12th and final time off a Frappier to Polan set up. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity