Bulldogs Come Out Swinging in Win at Dartmouth

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

Wessels, Rogers Combine for 27 Kills in Win Over Big Green

HANOVER, N.H. -- Yale wasted little time to take control of Friday's match at Dartmouth.

The Bulldogs scored 16 of the first 21 points of the match, and dominated the first two sets in a 3-1 victory over the Big Green.  With the win, Yale extended its win streak to five and kept pace in the Ivy League standings. 

The scores of the match 25-13, 25-14, 22-25 and 25-17.

Team captain Haley Wessels slammed 13 kills, hit .458 and added eight block assists to lead the Bulldogs to their fourth straight road victory.   

Mollie Rogers notched her sixth double-double of the season, while Maddie Rudnick contributed 20-plus digs for the third time this year with a match-high 24 for the Bulldogs.  

Rogers had three kills in Yale's first nine points.  After a Yale attack error, Kendall Polan started another run of four straight points with a kill for the Bulldogs.

Polan finished with 22 assists, 18 digs and six kills.   

Yale hit .372 as a team in the first set with 19 kills. 

Yale remained hot in the second set.  Jesse Ebner served up three aces and Rogers delivered three kills during a 10-2 run to start the set.

Polan added consecutive aces to push Yale's lead to 10 at 22-12.  After two straight Dartmouth points, Rogers followed with a kill.

Dartmouth followed with an attack error, and Maya Midzik ended the set with a kill.  Midzik blasted a career-high nine kills in the match.

The Big Green held on to win the third set.  Kelly Johnson, who just missed a triple-double tonight, tied the set at 20 for the Bulldogs with one of her nine kills.

Johnson finished with 24 assists and 10 digs.

Paige Caridi gave Dartmouth the lead with a kill on the next point, and a Yale attack error gave the Big Green a two-point lead.  Alex Shoenberger produced a kill to extend the lead to three.

Polan started the fourth set with a kill and Yale scored six of the first eight points.   From there, Yale's lead never fell below four points.

When Dartmouth reduced their deficit to 13-9, Yale rattled off four straight points starting with a kill from Johnson.  After a Big Green attack error, Rogers blasted another kill to force a Dartmouth timeout.  

Yale remains tied with Princeton for first in the Ivy standings. Princeton defeated Columbia, 3-1, on Friday night.

Yale wraps up the weekend with a match at Harvard tomorrow at 5 p.m. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity