Take Two: Yale Tops American, Sweeps Both Matches on Saturday

Mollie Rogers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mollie Rogers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Tops Defending Patriot League Champs; Five Bulldogs Record at Least Six Kills

NEW HAVEN -- In three matches thus far, three different Bulldogs have led the team in kills.  On Saturday night, it was Yale's Mollie Rogers turn to lead the way in a sweep of American.

Rogers produced a match-high 12 kills, including six in the first set, to help lead the Bulldogs to 3-0 (25-18, 25-18 and 25-22) victory over the defending Patriot League champions.  

Yale went 2-1 on weekend in the Yale Classic. Earlier in the day, Yale swept Stony Brook.  

Kendall Polan and Kelly Johnson earned spots on the all-tournament team for the Bulldogs.  See the complete Yale Classic All-Tournament Team.

Yale's second match and win on Saturday continued the same early season theme:  the Bulldogs have numerous offensive options.  In the nightcap, five different Bulldogs had at least six kills.

Rogers, who hit .417, ignited a first-set comeback.  Down 12-9, Rogers started the rally with a kill.

Jesse Ebner, who had seven kills and hit .545, kept things going with a kills before Rogers tossed an ace.  Karlee Fuller gave Yale the lead on the next point.  

"We played team volleyball tonight," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "American is a tall and talented team.  This was a great test and this was a great win for us and the Ivy League."

With the set tied at 16, Rogers followed up an American service error with a kill to give Yale a two-point advantage.  Yale scored seven of the next nine points to close out the set.

Yale jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never trailed in the second set. Polan, Rogers and Fuller all had kills during the spurt.

Polan finished with 24 assists, nine kills and eight digs.  

"Kendall was phenomenal," Appleman said.

On defense, Maddie Rudnick and Rogers paced the Bulldogs with 17 digs each.  Yale had a 53-36 dig advantage in the match.  

The third set featured seven ties.  Polan set up Johnson to tie the set for the final time at 18.

Johnson reached double-digits in kills for the second time this weekend with 10 and added 17 assists. 

After an error, Fuller put the Bulldogs ahead 20-18 -- a lead they were not relinquish.  Fuller finished the match with six kills, five digs and two solo blocks. 

Earlier in the day, Texas A&M swept Stony Brook to finish 3-0 on the weekend.  American went 1-2, while Stony Brook finished 0-3. 

Yale returns to action next weekend to host the Yale Invitational beginning with Villanova of the Big East on Friday at 7 p.m.  

Report field by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity