NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Columbia volleyball put up a fight but ultimately fell 3-1 to Yale on Friday night at Lee Amphiteater by scores of 15-25, 25-21, 24-26, 19-25.
Columbia (9-9, 4-5 Ivy League) dropped its second loss of the season to Yale (12-5, 9-0) as the Bulldogs won their 10th straight match and remained undefeated in conference play.
The Lions struggled to get it together in the first set, as the Bulldogs scored eight straight before a kill by senior Megan Gaughn put Columbia on the board. Yale led by at least seven points and as many as 10 points throughout the set, taking a 1-0 series advantage.
The second set began with another Gaughn kill to give the Lions the first advantage. A back-and-forth battle ensued, but after an 8-8 tie, Columbia roared ahead using a 5-1 run that included three more kills by Gaughn. Yale attempted to keep pace, remaining within two points, until 4-0 Columbia run pushed the Lions to a more comfortable 18-13 lead which would help secure a second set win.
Columbia dominated a majority of the third set, leading by as much as six after scoring five unanswered points to make it 10-4. With the Lions up 14-9, the Bulldogs went on a 5-0 run of their own to even the score at 14-all. Columbia outscored Yale 4-1 over the next five points, regaining an 18-15 advantage.
But Yale continued to fight, scoring four straight points to once again knot the score, 22-22. A kill by Denise Dearman put the Lions back in front, 23-22, but the Bulldogs scored the next two points to go ahead by one. A Gaughn kill made it even once again, 24-24, forcing the set to go into extra points. Needing two to win, Yale scored twice, gaining a 2-1 match lead.
The fourth set continued in Yale's advantage, as the Bulldogs scored first and did not look back the rest of the way.
Two Lions recorded double-doubles to lead the way, including Gaughn, who posted 22 kills and 10 digs, and Colleen Brennan, who had 34 assists and 16 digs. Also with double figures was Charlee Dyroff, who led Columbia with 23 digs, Atlanta Moye-McLaren with 21 digs and Denise Dearman with 10 kills.
Columbia will look to bounce back at Brown Saturday evening in a 5 p.m. match.