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Yale Travels to Dartmouth, Harvard This Weekend

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

The Bulldogs Have Won Four Straight Matches

The Yale women's volleyball team wraps up a five-match road stretch and aims to keep pace in the Ivy League standings at Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend.  

Yale (7-5, 3-0 Ivy) travels to Hanover, N.H., to face the Big Green on Friday for a 7 p.m. start.  On Saturday, the Bulldogs visit Cambridge to take on Harvard at 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs have won four straight matches and opened the Ivy League season with three consecutive road wins.  

Last weekend, Yale swept Cornell and Columbia.  The Bulldogs hit .280 as a team and averaged 16 kills a set in the two matches.

Individually, Kendall Polan continues to be an all-around contributor.  Polan notched her third straight triple-double at Cornell, then followed up with a match-high 21 digs the next day at Columbia.

Polan's 21 digs were the most in a three-set Ivy League conference match this season.  

Yale enters this week with the second-highest team dig average in the nation at 19.39 per set.  Maddie Rudnick leads the team with a 4.56 average, while Mollie Rogers ranks second on the team at 4.20. 

On offense, the Bulldogs lead the Ivy League as a team in kills per set (14.49), hitting percentage (.226) and assists per set (13.56).

The Bulldogs have spread the wealth on offense. 

Five different Bulldogs average over two kills per set, with Rogers leading the team with a 2.95 average.

Kelly Jonson (2.59), Polan (2.46), Jesse Ebner (2.28) and team captain Haley Wessels (2.28) also average over two kills a set.  Wessels (.335) and Ebner (.328) pace the team in hitting percentage.

In the three-set victory over Cornell, six different hitters had at least five kills.  On Saturday, six different hitters had at least seven kills in three sets.

Dartmouth (2-11, 1-2 Ivy) opened its Ivy season with a five-set win over Harvard, but has lost three straight -- including two conference matches last weekend against Penn and Princeton. 

Harvard (4-10, 1-2 Ivy) defeated Penn (3-2) and lost to Princeton in five sets last weekend.  

Yale returns home next weekend to host Princeton and Penn.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity