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Bulldogs Host Pink Night Friday Vs. Columbia

Mollie Rogers  (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mollie Rogers (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Weekend Concludes With Saturday's Home Match Against Cornell

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs wrap up a stretch of five straight home matches this weekend as Columbia and Cornell visit New Haven.

Friday's 7 p.m. match against Columbia is Pink Night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. There will be raffles to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Center at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. The prizes include a $100 J. Crew gift card, $50 Yale Bookstore gift card (Barnes & Noble), $25 gift card to Frank Pepe's Pizza and a Yale merchandise gift bag.

The Bulldogs then host Cornell on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Yale (12-5, 8-0 Ivy) continued its winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Brown last Saturday to keep  its spot at the top of the Ivy League standings.  

Kelly Johnson smacked a match-high 12 kill against the Bears, and added 15 assists and eight digs.  Johnson and Kendall Polan both contributed double-doubles.  Polan dished out a match-high 23 assists with 11 digs and five kills, while Johnson added 15 assists and eight digs. 

Erica Reetz and Mollie Rogers both tallied a team-high 15 digs for Yale.  Reetz added seven kills, including three during a third-set comeback, and hit .333 for the match.  

Johnson and Rogers are tied for the team lead in kills per set with a 2.90 average and are also ranked seventh among conference leaders.  As a team, the Bulldogs lead the conference per set in hitting percentage (.233), opponent hitting percentage (.168), assists (14.00), kills (14.95) and rank second in digs (19.91).  

Through Oct. 21, the Bulldogs ranked second in the nation in digs per set and third in kills per set. 

Earlier this season, the Bulldogs defeated Columbia and Cornell on the road.  

Polan had a triple-double (14 kills, 17 digs and 21 assists) and Maddie Rudnick had a match-high 18 digs to pace the Bulldogs to a sweep of Cornell on Sept. 28.  The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-14 and 25-14.

Cornell enters play this weekend with a 6-13 overall mark and a 2-6 conference record, and features the top team aces per set average at 1.52.  The Big Red's Kelly Marble leads the conference with 30 aces and a 0.40 average per set.

The Bulldogs came up with 16 more digs than the Lions, held Columbia to a .154 hitting percentage and captured a hard-fought win over the Lions on Sept. 29. The scores of the match were 25-14, 25-22 and 25-23.

Polan produced a match-high 21 digs and was one of four Bulldogs to put up at least 14 in the match.  Rudnick had 17 digs, Reetz had 15 and Rogers added 14 in one of the best defensive efforts of the season for Yale.

Entering this weekend, Columbia stands 4-4 in the Ivy League and 9-9 overall.  The Lions also lead the conference with a 2.65 blocks per set average with Columbia's Heather Braungel leading the conference with a 1.21 per set average.

After this weekend, the Bulldogs have four matches left in the regular season.  Yale travels to Penn and Princeton next weekend.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity