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Three Bulldogs Strike for Double-Doubles in Win Over Penn

Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

First-Place Bulldogs Host Second-Place Princeton on Saturday at 5 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale reached the 10-win mark in Ivy League play for the eighth straight season after a 3-0 win over Penn on Friday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.  

The scores of the match were 25-20, 25-22 and 25-8.

Three different Bulldogs struck for double figures as Yale improved to 10-1 in the league, maintained first place and kept its one-match lead over Princeton in the standings.  Princeton won 3-1 at Brown tonight, stands at 9-2 overall in the league and will play at Yale tomorrow at 5 p.m.

Allie Frappier and Mollie Rogers both produced double-doubles in kills and digs for Yale, while Kendall Polan had 33 assists and 21 digs.

Frappier had 12 kills and 14 digs.  Rogers compiled 11 kills and 14 digs. 

Maddie Rudnick tallied 20 digs, while Haley Wessels smashed 11 kills, hit. 440 and did not commit an error in 25 swings.

Despite the lopsided third set, the first two were close. 

In the opener, Emma White gave the Quakers (7-14, 3-8 Ivy) an 18-13 lead.  On the next point, Yale capitalized on a service error.

Rogers and Erica Reetz pounded consecutive kills to pull Yale within three.  The teams traded attack errors, then Penn committed another miscue. 

Frappier delivered a kill on the next point, and Polan followed with one more to give Yale a 20-19 lead.   After a Yale error, McHaney Carter restored the lead for the Bulldogs with back-to-back kills.

Rogers would eventually close out the set with a back-row attack that landed near the Penn backline.

The second set was also tight until the end. 

Rogers tied the set at 16.  Reetz handed the lead to the Bulldogs on the next point and forced a Penn timeout.  

Another Rogers kill gave the Bulldogs a two-point edge and two consecutive Penn errors pushed Yale's lead to 20-16.  Reetz extended Yale's lead to 24-19 before Penn came back.

White, one of two Quakers with a team-high eight kills, had two straight kills.  A Yale error cut its lead to 24-22.  The Quakers made an error to give Yale its 25th point

After the break, Yale controlled the final set and hit .359 as a team.     

Wessels put distance between the teams with three kills during a 4-0 run and provided Yale with a 15-7 lead.  Two straight errors by Penn and a Rogers kill extended Yale's lead to 18-7. 

Before tomorrow night's match, the Bulldogs will honor its three seniors – Katie Cordell, Taylor Cramm and Bridget Hearst.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity