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Yale Competes Inside Pentagon This Weekend

The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bulldogs hit the road this weekend to play in one of the most iconic buildings in America: The Pentagon.

Yale will face No. 8 Stanford, Air Force and Army this weekend at the Service Academy Challenge.  

Match Schedule

Friday, Sept. 13

Yale vs. Stanford, 10 a.m. 

Yale vs. Air Force, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Yale vs. Army, 12 p.m.

Last Week

The Bulldogs went 2-1 in the Yale Invitational last week - with wins over Colgate (3-0) and Seton Hall (3-2), and a 3-1 loss to Missouri. 

Yale received a balanced attack on offense, led by sophomore Kelly Johnson.  The reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Johnson won conference player of the week honors.   

Johnson hit .377 in three matches, produced 27 kills, 54 assists and 34 digs en route to earning all-tournament honors.  In the 3-2 victory over Seton Hall, Johnson recorded 11 kills, 10 assists and 14 digs.  Johnson earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week five times last season.

Fresh off a All-Ivy First Team season, junior Mollie Rogers continues to be one of the top hitters for the Bulldogs.  Rogers leads the Bulldogs with a 3.42 kills per set average, and had a match-high 17 in the 3-2 win over Seton Hall last Saturday.  

Freshman Brittani Steinberg made an impressive college debut last Friday against Missouri.  Steinberg produced 15 kills and hit .500 against Missouri, and followed up with 13 kills in the five-set win over Seton Hall. 

Maddie Rudnick leads the team with with 5.67 digs per set.  The Bulldogs led in digs during their first three matches - including a 63-56 edge in the 3-1 loss to Missouri.  

After one weekend of play, Johnson leads the team with eight total blocks, while McHaney Carter has seven total blocks. 

News and Notes

  • Maddie Rudnick produced 29 digs in the win over Seton Hall - one off her career best 30 set back in 2011. 
  • McHaney Carter leads the team with a .361 hitting percentage. Carter has 17 kills with only four errors in 36 attempts.
  • Senior team captain Kendall Polan last weekend jumped two spots and now stands sixth all-time at Yale with 2,510 assists. 
  • Yale served up 23 service aces in three matches last weekend - led by Kendall Polan (8) and Kelly Johnson (6).  

Scouting the Opponents

Stanford enters play this weekend at 2-2 overall and ranked 8th in the latest AVCA poll, following losses to then-No. 8 Florida and then-No. 6 Texas at the Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic last weekend.  Stanford returns a pair of All-America middle blockers in 2013. Senior Carly Wopat was a first team selection by the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku was an honorable mention pick by the AVCA. 

Army (2-5) wrapped up the Valparaiso Tournament with a win 3-0 over Rhode Island.  Ollvia Fairfield leads the team with a 3.00 kills per set average and 26 total blocks, while  D.J. Phee leads the team with 5.14 digs per set.

Air Force defeated Navy in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday night in five sets to improve to 2-5 overall.  Senior Cami Richan led the Falcons with 14 kills in that match and was one of four to reach double-digits, along with Maggie Sherrill (12), Hillary Keltner (10) and Ayesha Hein (10). 


The Bulldogs travel to University Park, Pa., next weekend to take on Eastern Kentucky, Albany and host Penn State.