Bulldogs Aim to Keep Pace in Ivy Standings This Weekend

Kendall Polan (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kendall Polan (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Travels to Second-Place Columbia, Then to Cornell

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale wraps up its five-match Ivy road swing with matches at Columbia and Cornell this weekend. 

The Bulldogs begin the weekend tied for first with Princeton with identical 7-1 Ivy records, while Columbia stands alone at 6-2. 

Princeton plays at Dartmouth on Friday and at Harvard on Saturday.

Yale improved to 13-5 overall after a sweep of Brown last Saturday in Providence.   Sophomore Erica Reetz led the way for the Bulldogs with 13 kills, a .346 hitting percentage and nine digs to earn a spot on the conference honor roll. 

Reetz wasn't the only standout individual effort.  Freshman Mollie Rogers smashed eight kills and offered 11 digs, a solo block and a block assist to earn her third Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor this season.

Haley Wessels continued her hot hitting percentage after connecting on her first nine attempts for kills last Saturday.  She finished with 10 kills in the match and only one error in 15 swings.

Wessels has 15 kills and is hitting .520 over her last two matches. 

Reigning Ivy Rookie of the Year Kendall Polan posted 38 assists – the fourth-highest total in a three-set match for an Ivy Leaguer this season.  Polan ranks first in the conference in assists per set (10.55) and is the only player in the conference with a double-figure average.

As a team, Yale finished with 48 total kills, the second-highest mark in a three-set conference season.  On defense, Yale enters the week ranked 11th in the country in digs per set (17.86).

On Oct. 1, it was Allie Frappier who led the way with 15 kills in a comeback, five-set victory over Columbia.  Yale took the first two sets before Columbia forced a fifth. 

The Lions led 8-6 in the deciding frame before Reetz tied the match with consecutive kills.  Frappier provided three of Yale's final five points to give the Bulldogs a 15-11 victory.

The Lions (12-6, 6-2 Ivy) swept Cornell last Saturday to maintain their place in the Ivy standings.

Columbia leads the conference in blocking. Columbia's Savannah Fletcher leads the Ivy League with a 1.33 blocks per set average.

Cornel (4-16, 1-7 Ivy), Yale's opponent on Saturday, features another one of the league's top blockers.  Alice Cope ranks second behind Fletcher with a 1.30 average.  

Yale swept Cornell, 3-0, on Sept. 30 thanks in part to Maddie Rudnick, who posted a season-high 30 digs for Yale. 

Report by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity