Yale Finishes Strong in Win Over Columbia

(photo by Don Clark Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark Yale Sports Publicity)

Fifth-Set Comeback Caps Win for Bulldogs

Allie Frappier belted 15 kills – including four in the match-clinching fifth set – to help lead Yale to a 3-2 victory over Columbia on Saturday evening.   The scores were 25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 13-25 and 15-11.

Yale (9-4, 3-0 Ivy) took the first two sets, while Columbia won the next two to force a deciding fifth set.    

Erica Reetz and Mollie Rogers produced double-doubles for Yale.  Reetz smashed a match-high 16 kills – one of four different Bulldogs who had at least 10 kills.   

Earlier this season, Yale won the first two sets at Maryland and eventually lost in five.  Tonight, the Bulldogs made sure the fifth set was different.

Columbia (8-5, 2-1 Ivy) grabbed an early lead in the fifth.  Cindy Chen, who had 14 kills and a match-best 26 digs, struck to give the Lions an 8-6 edge. 

Reetz responded with her biggest kills of the night – two in a row off passes from Kendall Polan – to tie the set.   Polan finished with 47 assists and leads the Ivy League in assists per set with a 10.35 average.

After a Columbia error, Yale gained its first lead of the set.   Chen tied the set, then Rogers and Columbia's Monique Roberts traded points to knot the set one more time before Yale took control.

Rogers and Frappier were the go-to hitters.  Rogers had a kill, then Frappier stepped up.

Frappier had consecutive kills to give Yale a 13-10 lead and force a Columbia timeout. 

The teams each had an error before Frappier ended the match. 

The Lions made the Bulldogs work for every point.  It started in the first set.

A Yale error gave Columbia a 10-7 lead.  Yale turned the tide and scored 9 of the next 13 points capped by kills from Reetz and McHaney Carter (10 kills, 3 block assists) to give the Bulldogs a 16-13 edge. 

Columbia kept it within three at 20-17, but Yale scored five of the next seven points with a set-ending kill by Taylor Cramm (7 kills), who leads the Ivy League in hitting percentage.

The second set was closer.

With the set tied at 21, Frappier again came up with a big kill to Yale a lead. Carter followed with a kill before two Lions' errors would end the set.

Columbia jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the third.  Two Yale errors would extend the Lions lead to seven, a deficit the Bulldogs could not overcome.

Chen had five kills and six digs in a fourth set win for Columbia before a dramatic fifth set.

The Bulldogs are now 2-1 in five-setters this season.

The Bulldogs return to action next Friday to host Dartmouth at 7 p.m. and host Harvard next Saturday.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity