Bulldogs Rally From Two Sets Down To Edge Army And Capture Yale Classic

McHaney Carter. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
McHaney Carter. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

McHaney Carter Named Yale Classic MVP

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore McHaney Carter's kill capped off an incredible comeback as the Yale volleyball team rallied to defeat Army 3-2 in its final match of the 2011 Yale Classic at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday night. After dropping the first two games of the match 25-21 and 25-23, the Bulldogs stormed back to win three straight games 25-21, 25-15 and 15-13.

The Bulldogs, who defeated New Hampshire on Friday night and Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon to finish the Yale Classic a perfect 3-0, improve to 6-3 this season with the win.

Carter was named the Classic's most valuable player. Kendall Polan and Mollie Rogers were named to the all-tournament team.

Carter led the Bulldogs with a team-high 13 kills in the contest with Army. Freshman Rogers finished with 11 kills and 23 digs, while Polan had a team-high 45 assists and freshman Maddie Rudnick chipped in a team-high 27 digs. 

Yale dropped the first two sets of the match. The first game was tightly contested throughout. The Bulldogs jumped out to their biggest lead of the set, 12-9, before Army (8-4) mounted a comeback. With the score tied at 20, the Black Knights scored five of the game's final six points to win 25-21.

Yale fell behind 17-12 in the second set when head coach Erin Appleman called a timeout. The Bulldogs responded by outscoring Army 11-6 to tie the score at 23. Yale fell just short of capturing the victory in the game as the Black Knights scored two straight points to clinch a 25-23 win.

The Bulldogs came out on fire in the third game. Yale took a 10-3 lead after a Carter kill and extended its lead to 17-6 before Army started coming back. The Black Knights outscored the Bulldogs 15-7 to pull to within 3, 24-21. Freshman Allie Frappier ended Army's comeback bid and ensured a fourth set with a kill to lift Yale to a 25-21 victory.

The fourth set was highlighted by a series of runs. The Bulldogs scored five of the first six points of the game to jump out to a 5-1 lead. Army answered with a 10-4 run of its own to surge ahead 11-9. Yale dominated the rest of the set by outscoring the Black Knights 16-4 to cruise to a 25-15 win.

The final frame of the match was close until the end. Clinging to a 14-13 lead, Carter took a feed from Polan and slammed it in-between a pair Black Knights to clinch the game and the match for the Bulldogs.

Yale will be back in action on Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. when it travels to Albany for its final non-conference match of the season. The Bulldogs begin their Ivy League season when they host Brown on September 24 at 4 p.m.

Report filed by Mike Cosgrove, Yale Sports Publicity