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Bulldogs Make It 7 In A Row

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity

Steinberg Hits .514 and Totals 20 Kills for Yale

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Every Bulldog who stepped on the court contributed to Yale's latest victory, a 3-1 win at Columbia on Saturday evening. 

Brittani Steinberg and Maya Midzik both blasted career highs in kills, and several other Bulldogs reached season or career bests to lead Yale to its 21st consecutive Ivy League win.  

The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-12, 23-25 and 25-16.  Yale is now 7-0 in the conference this season and 13-3 overall.

Steinberg became the first Bulldog to produce 20 kills in a match this season and hit .514 to hold off the Lions.  Steinberg was in the middle of two pivotal rallies.

Steinberg capped an 11-1 rally in the second set and started a game-changing 9-2 run that gave Yale a 20-11 lead and control of the match.

Midzik reached career-best totals in kills with 10 and block assists with seven. Midzik finished the weekend with 14 kills, 11 total blocks and nine digs.  

Kendall Polan dished out a season-high 48 assists, her highest total since 57 on Nov. 5, 2011 in a match against Princeton.  Polan added 22 digs, while Maddie Rudnick added 17, and freshman Tori Shepherd added a season-best with 10.   

Kelly Johnson continued her hot hitting with 14 kills -- her fifth straight match in double figures.  Johnson added 15 digs, seven assists and three aces.  

Mollie Rogers, the team leader in kills, struck for 10 on Saturday night with eight digs.

As a team, the Bulldogs matched season-highs with 64 kills and 78 digs. 

The Bulldogs maintained their two-match lead in the Ivy standings at the end of play on Saturday.  Yale returns to action next Saturday at Brown.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity