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Bulldogs Close Out Regular Season at Harvard and Dartmouth

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

Bulldogs Travel to Harvard and Dartmouth

Yale takes a six-match win streak on the road to Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend and closes out the conference regular season with two chances to clinch sole possession of an Ivy League championship.

Entering the weekend, the Bulldogs (17-5 overall, 11-1 Ivy League) are two matches ahead of Princeton and Columbia in the conference standings.  Princeton and Columbia also have two conference matches remaining.

The Bulldogs play at Harvard on Friday at 7 p.m., and face Dartmouth on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Defense has been a hallmark to Yale's season.  The Bulldogs began the week as the Division I leader in digs per set (19.00) and the top Ivy League team in opponent hitting percentage (.165).

On offense, Yale leads the conference in kills (13.95), assists (13.04) and hitting percentage (.248).

Individually, Allie Frappier became the latest Bulldog to win an individual honor.  The conference named Frappier Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Nov. 8. 

The freshman outside hitter pounded a team-best 31 kills, including a match-high 19 in a win over Princeton last Saturday, to help Yale clinch a share of the Ivy League title – the Bulldogs' third conference title in four years.

Frappier is the second Yale freshman to be named rookie of the week in 2011.  Mollie Rogers has won the honor three times.

In the victory over Princeton, the Bulldogs used a combination of offense and defense. Yale hit .318 for the match – including .469 in the third – and had a 107-84 advantage in digs.

Yale reached the 10-win mark in Ivy League play for the eighth straight season after a 3-0 win over Penn last Friday.

Three different Bulldogs struck for double figures. Allie Frappier and Mollie Rogers both produced double-doubles in kills and digs for Yale, while Kendall Polan had 33 assists and 21 digs.  Polan continues to lead the Ivy League in assists per set.

Harvard lost at Columbia, 3-0, on Friday and dropped a five-set match at Cornell on Saturday. Harvard stands at 11-11 overall and 4-8 in Ivy play.

The Big Green (14-9, 6-6) split a pair of five-set road matches last weekend.  Dartmouth beat Cornell and lost to Columbia.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity