Johnson Posts Triple-Double in Loss to UCSB

Kelly Johnson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kelly Johnson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Ebner Records Double-Digits in Kills for Third Straight Match

SAN DIEGO -- Freshman Kelly Johnson delivered her second triple-double in three matches and Maddie Rudnick came up with a season-high 27 digs for Yale in front dozens of Yale supporters in a 3-1 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Friday evening. 

The Bulldogs were 3,000 miles from New Haven, but had the support of a hometown team Friday night on the first night of the University of San Diego Tournament at the Jenny Craig Center. 

Yale (3-3) stormed out to a first set victory, but dropped the next three to the Gauchos.  The scores of the match were (21-25, 25-19, 25-19 and 25-16.

Yale plays No. 17 San Diego (3 p.m. ET) and Fresno State (8 p.m. ET) tomorrow.

Freshman Jesse Ebner reached double digits in kills for the third straight match with 10, while Kendall Polan added eight kills, 18 digs and 21 assists. 

The Bulldogs hit .364 in the opening set and scored eight of the first 10 points and stretched the lead to as much as 10 at three different points.

Polan struck for a kill to extend Yale's lead to 17-7.  UCSB scored the next four points, and eventually closed to within 23-21.

On the next point, Rogers hit a ball that appeared to touch the USCB court.  The rally continued at a feverish pace until Polan finished off the point with her fourth kill of the set.

Johnson setup Ebner to close out the set. The Portola Valley native hit a team-high .348 for the match and .833 in the first set.

Two San Diego area natives -- Mollie Rogers and Karlee Fuller -- opened the second set with a kills.  UCSB scored the next five points and the Bulldogs played from behind the rest of the set.  

UCSB's Leah Sully notched a match-high 16 kills and extended the Gaucho's lead to 21-14 -- their largest of the second set.  

The pivotal third set featured 11 ties.

Johnson smashed a kill to give Yale its final lead of the set at 14-13.  The Gauchos scored the next three points -- a run capped by a Jordan Pehanick ace.

Down 18-15, Polan and Haley Wessels slammed back-to-back Yale kills to cut the deficit to one.   UCSB's Jenna Wilson followed with a kill.

The teams traded service errors before the Gauchos scored five of the final six points of the set. 

Yale fell behind 13-3 to begin the fourth set and never recovered.  Down 20-10, Johnson provided a kill and after a UCSB attack error, Christine Wu followed with a service ace.