Reetz Latest Hitting Star in 3-0 Win at Brown

Erica Reetz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erica Reetz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Hit .538, Keep Pace in Ivy Standings

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Each match seems to offer a different hitting star for the Bulldogs.  Tonight it was Erica Reetz's turn in a 3-0 win over Brown.

The scores of the match were 25-19, 25-13 and 25-22.

Reetz fired a match-high 13 kills, hit .346 and added nine digs as Yale kept pace in the Ivy standings.  With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 7-1 in league play and remained tied with Princeton.

After hitting .179 in a 25-19 first-set win, Yale caught fire in the second.  The Bulldogs exploded for a .538 hitting percentage in the set that showcased several impressive spurts.

After Brown scored the first point, Yale scored 10 of the next 12 in the second set. 

Reetz began the run with a kill along the left side.  Rogers followed with a solo block, and a nifty Katie Cordell dig went to Kendall Polan, who set up McHaney Carter.

The spurt continued throughout the set.   After the teams traded errors, Carter struck again followed by teammate Haley Wessels.

While Reetz led the team in kills, Carter and Wessels provided their own hitting one-two punch.   Wessels connected her first nine swings for kills, finished with 10, and committed only one error in 15 attempts for a .600 percentage.  Carter had nine kills and a .333 hitting percentage.  

Later in the second, Yale held a 10-4 advantage and scored the next six points.  Wessels had three kills during the stretch, which included a soft tip at the net. 

Mollie Rogers capped 12-2 overall run with a diving dig to Polan, who set up Hearst to give Yale a 16-5 lead.  Polan, the Ivy League leader in assists per set, finished with 38 and averaged nearly 13 tonight.

Brown (6-13, 2-6 Ivy) settled down in the third.  The set featured eight ties. 

Reetz knotted the set at 16-all, before Wessels gave Yale a lead on the next point and force a Brown timeout.  Yale's lead grew to 18-16 after an error.

The Bears scored the next three points.  Kathryn Glickman blasted back-to-back kills and Thea Derrough added another to propel Brown to a 19-18 lead.

Yale answered with Reetz, who slammed a kill into the middle of the Brown end.  On the next point, Cordell's dig started a Polan-to-Rogers connection to give Yale 20-19 lead.

Rogers posted eight kills and 11 digs.  Maddie Rudnick led Yale with 13 digs.

Two Brown errors pushed Yale's lead to 22-19.  Brown never recovered and Reetz eventually ended the match. 

Yale returns to action on Friday at 7 p.m. against Columbia in New York City.  Columbia stands second in the Ivy League with a 6-2 record after defeating Cornell this evening.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity