Bulldogs Down Stony Brook, Win 20th Match of the Season

Kendall Polan (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Kendall Polan (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Yale Learns First-Round Opponent in NCAA Tournament This Sunday

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The Bulldogs won their 20th match on Tuesday night and senior captain Kendall Polan made more history on the court. 

The first-ever, three-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Polan moved into third-all time in program history with 3,181 assists.  Polan dished out 47 assists and passed Ally Mendenhall, who played at Yale from 2005-2008.  

Yale defeated Stony Brook, 3-1, and wrapped up their regular season with its fifth straight win.  The scores of the match were 19-25, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-15.  

The victory marked the fourth 20-win season in the Erin Appleman head coaching era, and Yale's third in the last six years.  Yale improved to 20-4 overall and 13-1 in the Ivy League.

Next up, the Bulldogs will learn their opponent in the NCAA first round opponent this Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Kelly Johnson (12), Brittani Steinberg (11) and Maya Midzik (10) posted double digits in kills for the Bulldogs.  Johnson, a first-team all-Ivy selection, put up a double-double and added 16 digs.  

The second set was the turning point.   Yale exploded for a .425 hitting percentage and struck for 18 kills on 40 swings with only one error.

Five different Bulldogs had a kill to give Yale a quick 5-1 lead.  It started with Midzik, then Mollie Rogers, Steinberg, Johnson followed with Polan capping the run and Stony Brook never caught up.

With the Bulldogs asserting themselves, the same story played out in the third.  Yale jumped out to a 10-5 lead, again forcing the Seawolves to play catch up en route to a 10-point set victory.

In firm control, Yale opened an 11-2 lead in the fourth set.  Karlee Fuller and McHaney Carter went back-to-back, gave Yale a 10-2 lead and forced a Stony Brook timeout.  Later in the set, Steinberg pushed Yale's lead to as high as 12 at 21-9.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity