Rogers Named Ivy League Rookie of Week

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Mollie Rogers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Reetz, Wessels Selected To Honor Roll

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale volleyball team had only one match last week, but that didn't keep the Bulldogs from picking up another weekly honor. Freshman Mollie Rogers, who narrowly missed a double-double with eight kills and 11 digs in a sweep of Brown, was named the league's Rookie of the Week for the third time this season. In addition, Erica Reetz and Haley Wessels were selected to the Honor Roll.

Rogers' last two kills provided Yale key points to take the third and final set. Rogers broke a 19-all tie and then increased Yale's lead to three, 24-21, with her final kill of the evening. Rogers, a San Diego, Calif., native, also capped a 12-2 second-set run to help lead Yale to a win. She added an assist, a block assist and a solo block against the Bears.

With the eight kills, Rogers remains one of the top hitters in the Ivy League with a 3.14 kills per set average, which ranks seventh overall and leads the team. Her 11 digs kept her in second-place among her teammates in per set average (3.51).

"Mollie is consistently good, both offensively and defensively," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman. "We rely on her a lot, and she always delivers."

Reetz fired a match-high 13 kills, hit .346 and added nine digs against the Bears. She slammed eight kills during the third and final set – including match point – to lift Yale to victory.  While Reetz ended the match, she also ignited a 10-2 Yale run with a kill along the left side during the first set to help the Bulldogs capture the opener. The Thiensville, Wis., native continues to contribute on offense and defense.  She ranks third on the team in kills per set (2.43) and total attacks (401), and fourth in digs per set (2.81) and total points (161.5).

Wessels connected for kills on her first nine attack attempts and hit .600 for the match to help lead the Bulldogs to the sweep of Brown. Wessels finished with 10 kills and made only one error in 15 swings.  The middle blocker provided pivotal points during a key second-set 6-0 run that lifted Yale to a victory.  In the third set, the Dallas, Texas, native broke a 16-all tie with a kill to propel Yale to a win.  Wessels added a dig and a block assist. 

The Bulldogs (13-5, 7-1 Ivy) are tied with Princeton for first place in the Ivy League. Yale heads to Columbia and Cornell this weekend.