Bulldogs Face Road Tests at Penn, Princeton

Mollie Rogers. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mollie Rogers. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Looks to Extend 11-Match Win Streak This Weekend

Yale faces its two closest teams in the Ivy League standings on the road this weekend.  

The Bulldogs (14-5, 10-0 Ivy) enter the weekend with a two-match lead in the standings ahead of Princeton and a three-match edge over Penn.   Yale begins the weekend on an 11-match win streak.

Yale plays at Penn (12-9, 7-3 Ivy) on Friday at 7 p.m., and travels to Princeton (11-9, 8-2 Ivy) for a 5 p.m. match on Saturday.

Yale defeated Columbia and Cornell last weekend.  Kelly Johnson earned co-rookie of the week honors in the Ivy League for her efforts against the Lions and Big Red.

Johnson had 24 kills, 38 assists and 16 digs to win the honor.  Johnson leads the team with a 2.91 kills per set average and has won or shared the rookie of the week award four times this season.

Balance continues to be a hallmark for this year's team.  Five different Bulldogs average at least two kills per set -- Johnson, Mollie Rogers (2.86), Kendall Polan (2.29), Jesse Ebner (2.16) and Haley Wessels (2.12).  

Wessels was the hitting star against Columbia with 12 kills and .524 hitting percentage to go along with nine blocks.

On defense, Maddie Rudnick paces the team with 4.70 digs per set, while Rogers averages 4.21.  Yale continues to rank second in the nation in team digs per set with 19.74, while Penn ranks first.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity