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Yale Storms Back, Sweeps Brown

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

Bulldogs Extend Ivy Win Streak to 22 Matches

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A slow start didn't phase the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.   

The Bulldogs stormed back from an early 11-4 deficit in game one and swept the Bears.  With the win, Yale improved to 14-3 overall, 8-0 in the Ivy League and raised its lead in the conference standings to three matches.

The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-14 and 25-21.

Kelly Johnson had a match-high 11 kills, Kendall Polan added 31 assists and Maddie Rudnick produced 20 digs to lead Yale to its 22nd straight Ivy League victory.  

Down seven points, Maya Midzik completed the comeback with a kill off a Johnson assist.  Midzik finished with nine kills and hit .389 for the match.

The Bears fought back to regain a two-point lead before Yale mounted one more charge.  After a error, Mollie Rogers delivered back-to-back kills and Johnson followed with an ace to give Yale a 19-17 edge.  

In the second set, Rudnick capped an 11-3 run with an ace to give Yale a commanding 21-10 lead. The Bulldogs held a 9-3 advantage in aces, including a match-high three from Polan.  

Yale had 17 kills and hit .333 in the second set. 

McHaney Carter added four kills and six block assists for Yale.  Carter now leads the team with 45 total blocks.   

Rogers delivered an ace and a kill on consecutive points to give Yale an 8-2 lead in the third set.   

The Bulldogs travel to Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend.   

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity