After Successful Weekend, Bulldogs Travel to Albany on Wednesday

The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs and Great Danes Split Home-and-Home Last Year

Yale's last non-conference match of 2011 is against a familiar foe – the University of Albany Great Danes.  The two teams split a home-and-home series in 2010 and face each other this Wednesday night in Albany, N.Y.

The Bulldogs captured the Yale Classic last weekend with wins over New Hampshire, Quinnipiac and Army.  Sophomore McHaney Carter was named MVP of the Classic, while sophomore Kendall Polan and freshman Mollie Rogers earned all-tournament honors. 

After a sweep of New Hampshire on Friday night, the Bulldogs picked up where they left off on Saturday afternoon against Quinnipiac with a 3-0 victory. 

On Saturday evening, Yale's win over Army was much closer.  The Black Knights won the first two sets before Yale staged a dramatic comeback that resulted in a win. 

Clinging to a 14-13 lead in the fifth, 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.  Carter led the Bulldogs with a team-high 13 kills.  Rogers had 11 kills and 23 digs, while Polan had a team-high 45 assists and freshman Maddie Rudnick chipped in a team-high 27 digs. 

The freshmen duo of Rudnick and Rogers are tied for the team lead in digs.  Rogers leads the team in kills.

Albany (5-7 overall) went 2-1 last weekend in the Sports Import Classic in Columbus, Ohio.  The Great Danes picked up wins over Akron (3-1) and Maryland (3-0), and lost to host Ohio State (3-1).

Casey Wright leads Albany with 123 kills (3.00 kills/set) and has a .303 hitting percentage. Laurie Gonzalez leads the team with 208 digs and averages over five per set.

Last year, Bridget Hearst slammed a team-high 21 kills in a 3-1 win over Albany at Yale on Sept. 24.  Haley Wessels posted nine kills and a .400 hitting percentage, while Polan added 45 assists, 21 digs and nine kills for the Bulldogs

The next night, Albany won a five-setter.  Katie Cordell, Polan, Erica Reetz each had 17 kills, and Wessels added 13 in the loss for Yale.

The Ivy League season begins this weekend for Yale.  The Bulldogs host Brown on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity