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Bulldogs Top Princeton, Clinch a Share of Ivy Title on Senior Day

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

Yale Hits .318 En Route To Victory Over Tigers

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – Yale increased its lead in the Ivy standings with a 3-1 win over second-place Princeton and clinched at least a share of the conference title at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday night. 

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 17-5 overall, 11-1 in conference and completed their home regular season with a 12-1 mark.  Princeton fell to 9-3 in the conference and 16-8 overall.

The Bulldogs need one win in their last two matches to clinch an outright conference title.  Yale closes out the regular season at Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend.

"I was really proud of the great team effort tonight," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "It was special to win a title at home." 

Tonight the Tigers won the first set, and Yale responded to win the last three.  The scores of the match were 23-25, 25-20, 25-10 and 25-22. 

The Bulldogs used a combination of hitting and defense tonight.  Yale hit .318 for the match – including .469 in the third – and had a 107-84 advantage in digs.

There was no one standout performance for the Bulldogs – everyone seemingly chipped in.

Allie Frappier pounded a match-high 19 kills, Haley Wessels hit .522 with 13 kills, while Erica Reetz and Mollie Rogers had double-doubles.  Kendall Polan finished with 57 assists, 16 digs and three aces.

Rogers kicked off a second-set rally to break a 19-all tie.  After a Yale error to re-tie the set, Polan set up Wessels to give the lead back to Yale.

Frappier stuck for the next two points before Polan added a kill.  Frappier finished off the set.

Yale dominated the third set. 

Maddie Rudnick served during a 12-0 run to give Yale a commanding 20-7 edge.  Rudnick posted a  team-best 25 digs and was one of six Bulldogs to reach double digits.

Taylor Cramm, one of three Yale seniors honored before the match, delivered her fourth and final kill of the evening to give Yale a 24-21 lead in the fourth.  After a Yale error, the match ended on a service error.

Yale hits the road for Harvard on Friday night at 7 p.m. and closes out the regular season at Dartmouth next Saturday at 5 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity