November 3, 2011

Bulldogs Honor Seniors, Host Penn and Princeton This Weekend

Penn, Princeton Visit On Final Home Weekend

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Fresh off a road sweep of the Ivy League's New York teams, the Bulldogs return home to close out their regular season home schedule this weekend against Penn and Princeton.

Yale has won its last four matches – all on the road – and stands alone atop the Ivy League standings entering this weekend with a 9-1 conference record.  Princeton enters the weekend at 8-2 and plays at Brown on Friday night.

The Bulldogs host Penn on Friday at 6 p.m.

Saturday marks Senior Day for the Bulldogs.  The match against Princeton at 5 p.m. marks the final regular season home match for three Yale seniors – Katie Cordell, team captain Taylor Cramm and Bridget Hearst

The Bulldogs, who begin play on Friday with a 15-5 overall record, won in come-from-behind fashion at Columbia last Friday night in New York City.  Yale dropped the first set and proceeded to take the next three.

Allie Frappier smashed a season-high 22 kills, Yale hit .331 as a team and the Bulldogs produced its highest dig total (91) in a four-set match this.  Frappier wasn't the only standout hitter. Erica Reetz pounded 16 kills and hit a personal season-best .520, while Haley Wessels struck for 11 kills and hit .304.  Kendall Polan, the league's assist per set leader, dished out 52.

On defense, Maddie Rudnick delivered 24 digs – her third-highest single-match total this season.  Rudnick continues to lead the team in digs per set (4.37) and ranks eighth overall in the Ivy League.

After the win at Columbia, the Bulldogs swept Cornell the next night in Ithaca. 

Freshman Mollie Rogers provided a match-high 12 kills, while Polan had 26 assists and 14 digs for Yale in a 3-0 win over Cornell.

Rogers, named Ivy Rookie of the Week on Oct. 25, hit .393 and had only one error in 28 swings versus the Big Red.  It was her highest percentage since she hit .417 against Brown on Sept. 24.   

Frappier followed her 22-kill performance at Columbia last night with eight kills and eight digs against Cornell.

Penn (7-13, 3-7 Ivy) won in five sets at Dartmouth last Saturday.  Kristen Etterbeek had a match-high 21 kills for the Quakers, who hit .400 in the fifth set. 

Princeton defeated Harvard in four sets last Saturday after losing the previous night at Dartmouth.  Lydia Rudnick led Princeton with 22 kills, 14 digs and six total blocks against the Big Green to help the Tigers keep pace in the Ivy standings.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity