NEW YORK - Columbia volleyball put up a fight but could not overcome Yale, falling 3-0 to the Bulldogs Saturday night at Levien Gymnasium. The Lions were defeated by scores of 14-25, 22-25, 23-25.
Columbia (7-5, 1-1 Ivy League) had a five-match winning streak snapped and got its first loss at home as Yale (7-5, 3-0 Ivy League) remained undefeated in conference play.
The first set started evenly, but after a 6-6 tie, Yale took control and built up to as much as an 11-point lead. The Bulldogs used a strong offensive output in the win, out-killing the Lions 16-5. Columbia did put up a fight with six blocks in the set, while Yale recorded zero.
The second set began as another back-and-forth battle, but at the midway point, Columbia embarked on a 4-1 run to pull ahead. The Lions held onto their lead until the 20th point, when Yale delivered two consecutive kills from Jesse Ebner and Erica Reetz, forcing Columbia to call timeout. The score would reach a tie once more at 21-21, but Columbia could not overcome the strong attacking Bulldogs and ultimately fell just short, 25-22.
Yale quickly gained a 5-1 lead over the Lions in set three, but the Lions kept pace, bringing the score within one point at 6-5 with a kill by Caitlin Brenton. The Bulldogs went on a 4-1 run to push their lead to as much as four, but Columbia would once again make it a close game, knotting the score at 17-17 after a kill by Lucy Tilton.
A 4-0 Yale run however would put the Bulldogs back in the lead for good. Columbia nearly made a comeback in the final points of the match behind a uplifting crowd, but ultimately fell just short in a close 25-23 third set.
Yale was led by Kendall Polan, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, as she narrowly missed a triple double with 21 digs, 18 assists and eight kills.
Up next, Columbia heads to Princeton for a 7 p.m. match on October 5.