Video: Postgame press conference
Photo courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity / Christopher Shannon
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Mollie Rogers and Kelly Johnson each had 12 kills, but it wasn't quite enough as Yale dropped a 3-2 decision to Bowling Green in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship.
The Bulldogs had their 15-match winning streak snapped and finished the season at 18-6. Bowling Green, winners of 18 of their last 21, moved to 22-10 on the season and will face either Penn State or Binghamton in Saturday night's second round match.
It was Yale's first five-set match of the year. Bowling Green is now 9-0 in five setters this season and went the distance for the third consecutive match.
The set scores were 16-25, 25-15, 25-21, 13-25, 15-11.
Yale looked to have the momentum after a convincing 25-13 win in the fourth set forced the decider. However, for the first time in any of the five sets, it became more of a seesaw affair featuring eight ties and five lead changes. Yale led 9-7 and had the serve coming out of a Bowling Green timeout. But a service error gave it back to the Falcons and started a 8-3 run that closed out the match.
Paige Penrod had 16 kills and 13 digs to lead Bowling Green. Lindsey Butterfield added 14 kills and 13 digs.
Rogers had a double-double for Yale, adding 17 digs.