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,
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
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.