Yale Sweeps Cornell for Third Straight Win

Kendall Polan and Jesse Ebner. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kendall Polan and Jesse Ebner. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Polan Notches Third Straight Triple-Double in Win Over Big Red

Ithaca, N.Y. -- The Bulldogs started their New York road swing with a sweep of Cornell.

Kendall Polan, the reigning Ivy Player of the Week, posted her third straight triple-double, Maddie Rudnick had a match-high 18 digs and Yale hit .333 in a 3-0 win over Cornell.  Polan hit .480 with 14 kills, 17 digs and 21 assists.

The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-14, and 25-14.

Yale (6-5, 2-0 Ivy) won its third straight match and took control midway through the first game.  With a 6-5 lead, the Bulldogs scored six of the next seven points in a run capped by block assists from Polan and Jesse Ebner.

Mollie Rogers (eight kills) gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the set at 23-17.  Rogers scored the final two points of the set.   

The Bulldogs hit .419 with 16 kills in a second set victory.

Back-to-back kills from Polan kicked started a 10-3 spurt in the second.  Up 9-7, Polan's kills increased the Bulldogs' lead to 11-7.  

After a Yale service error, Polan and Ebner smashed consecutive kills to force a Cornell timeout.  The teams traded errors before Yale scored three more in a row with Polan and Haley Wessels providing kills to give Yale a 17-9 advantage.

Cornell's Breanna Wong followed with a kill.  The next point ended with a Big Red error, and that was followed by an ace from Rogers.

Kelly Johnson's kill pushed Yale's lead to double-digits in the third.  Johnson finished with eight kills and a team-high 21 assists while hitting .375 tonight.

The Bulldogs reached its largest lead of the night, 23-11, after consecutive Cornell errors.  Cornell responded with three straight points.  

Johnson stopped the run with a kill and an Big Red error ended the match.

Yale heads to Columbia for a 5 p.m. match on Saturday in New York City.  Columbia defeated Brown in five sets on Friday night.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity