Yale Drops Five-Setter at Dartmouth
NCAA Tournament Opponent Announced on Nov. 27
HANOVER, N.H. -- Yale forced a fifth set, but its comeback at Dartmouth fell short on Saturday night.
Despite collecting more kills, more digs and out-blocking and out-hitting the Big Green, the Bulldogs lost, 3-2, to close out the 2011 regular season.
The loss snapped Yale's seven-match winning streak.
Polan, the Ivy League leader in assists per set, reached 50 or more assists for the fourth time this season.
The scores of the match were 26-24, 18-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-10.
The Bulldogs (18-6, 12-2 Ivy) finished the season with their third Ivy League title in four years and await the announcement of who they will face in the NCAA Tournament. Selections are announced on Nov. 27.
Dartmouth (16-9 overall, 8-6 Ivy) scored the first six points of the fifth. Yale responded with a 7-3 run to close the gap to 9-7 -- however the Big Green took advantage of a service error and regained control of the set.
Down 2-1, Frappier broke a 12-all tie to start a 6-2 spurt. Rogers capped the run to give Yale a 18-14 lead.
Rogers would strike again to give Yale a 24-20 lead. Polan finished off the set on the next point to force a fifth set.
The third set featured 11 ties and went to extra points.
Back-to-back kills from Taylor Cramm and Rogers gave Yale an early 5-3 lead in the third. The Bulldogs' lead grew to 10-6 before Dartmouth crept back.
The Big Green scored seven of the next nine points to take a 13-12 lead. Reetz re-tied the set.
The set would be tied eight more times before a service error and an ace from Kendall Houston gave Dartmouth a 26-24 victory.
Yale came back to take the second set.
Down 14-12, a Dartmouth attack error ignited a Yale rally. Reetz delivered consecutive kills before McHaney Carter struck for another to give Yale a 16-14 edge and force a Dartmouth timeout.
Three straight kills from Reetz, Rogers and Carter pushed Yale's lead to 20-15. The Bulldogs' lead never fell below four points from there and Cramm eventually polished off the set with a kill.
Dartmouth needed extra points to win the first set. After a Yale timeout, Carter tied the set at 24.
Annie Villanueva, one of four Big Green seniors recognized before the match, notched consecutive kills to hand Dartmouth the opener.
Fast facts on 2011 Season
- The Bulldogs will advance to their third NCAA Tournament berth since 2004.
- Yale won its fourth Ivy League title in the last eight years (2004, 2008, 2010, 2011).
- The Bulldogs finished with 12 Ivy League wins for the second straight season and reached at least 10 wins in conference for the eighth-straight year.
- Yale posted the fourth-highest hitting percentage in team history (.253).
- Yale ranked among the Division I's top teams with a 18.70 digs per set average.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publcity