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
Leading the way for Columbia was Brenton with nine kills,
Charlee Dyroff with 12 digs and Heather Braunagel and Bailey Springer with
three blocks apiece.
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