Portions and photo courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- With a three-set win over Princeton on Saturday evening, Yale clinched its third-straight and eighth overall Ivy League women's volleyball title.
Yale (16-5, 12-0 Ivy League) clinched the title in creating a three-match cushion over the second-place Tigers (12-10, 9-3 Ivy) with two conference contests remaining. The Bulldogs extend their streak of double-digit conference victories totals to nine seasons en route to their third-straight and fourth-outright title (1978, 2008, 2011 and 2012).
The Bulldogs won the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-16. Coming out of the intermission, Princeton jumped out to a 10-3 lead. But Yale rallied to score eight of the next 10 points and pull within one at 12-11. Princeton stretched the lead to three on a couple of occasions and had set point at 24-23 after a Yale error. However, consecutive kills by Kelly Johnson and Mollie Rogers gave the Bulldogs match point at 25-24.
The teams see-sawed to a 26-26 tie before a kill by Yale's Erica Reetz and an error by Princeton put the match away, 28-26, and gave Yale its second consecutive outright title and trip to the NCAA Tournament. It was Yale's 13th straight win, having not lost since September 15.
Rogers finished with a match-high 15 kills for Yale and hit .316. Lydia Rudnick led Princeton with 11 kills.