8 - Ally Mendenhall
Ally Mendenhall
Height: 5-9
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Lincoln Lutheran
Position: S

2008: First team All-Ivy selection...Shared team Most Valuable Player honors with Cat Dailey...Captain of the 2008 Bulldogs...Finished her career at third all-time in assists with 3,173...One of two players to appear in all 94 sets...Averaged 10.19 assists, the third-highest total in the Ivy League, and 2.82 digs per set...Recorded 30 or more assists in 22 matches, including six matches with 40+ and three matches with 50+ assists...Picked up 10 or more digs on 11 occasions, including one 20+ dig performance...Notched 11 double-doubles...Had 69 kills, 17 service aces and 30 blocks...Earned Yale Invitational All-Tournament team laurels after doling out 100 assists in nine sets of work on Sept. 12-13...Led all players with 11 digs on Sept. 13 against Colgate...Named to UAlbany Classic All-Tournament team and selected as Ivy League Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 27 after distributing 10.36 assists and notching 2.82 digs per set, while also registering 10 kills on 23 errorless swings from Sept. 26-27...Notched a season-high six kills in the Sept. 27 sweep of Long Island...Distributed 43 assists in four sets on Oct. 3 at Brown...Notched 44 assists in the Oct. 4 sweep of Brown...Shared the match high of 15 digs on Oct. 10 against Dartmouth...Handed out 43 assists and led Yale with 17 digs on Oct. 11 against Harvard...Dished out a season-best 57 assists on Oct. 18 against Penn...Matched her season-high with 57 assists and also recorded a season-best 21 digs on Nov. 14 at Penn...Notched 39 assists in three sets on Nov. 15 at Princeton...Dished out 53 assists and picked up 14 digs in the regular season finale on Nov. 29 at Loyola Marymount....Tallied a double-double with 36 assists and a team-high 18 digs in the NCAA Championship First Round win over Ohio...Served up a season-best two aces on five occasions.

2007: Second team All-Ivy...Named team Most Valuable Player...Only Yale player to appear in all 91 games, starting every match at setter for the second straight season...Tallied 1,087 assists, the fifth-highest single-season total in school history...Finished second in the Ivy League with 11.96 assists per game...Also recorded 67 kills, 269 digs, 34 blocks and 31 service aces...Only committed 18 attack errors in 208 attempts, and had a five-match errorless streak...Named Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 30 after finishing one kill shy of a triple-double in Yale's five-game win over Dartmouth (Oct. 27)...Her nine kills in that match were a career-high...Tallied 13 double-doubles...Had a career-high four aces against Columbia on Oct. 20...Had a career-high five blocks to go along with 63 assists at Cornell (Nov. 3)...Registered a career-high 21 digs in a home win over Penn (Nov. 9)...Finished the season with a career-high 67 assists in Yale's five-game match with UC Santa Barbara in the Baden Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 24).

2006: Second team All-Ivy...Started all 79 games at setter...Recorded 1,022 assists, just the ninth 1,000-assist season in Yale history...Finished second in the Ivy League with 12.94 assists per game...Also posted 56 kills, 218 digs, 42 blocks and 25 aces...Had at least 30 assists 22 times, including a career-high 63 against Albany in the Courtyard by Marriott Yale Classic on Sept. 23...Reached double-digit digs 10 times, including a career-high 18 twice (Oct. 13 at Harvard, Nov. 4 at Penn)...Tallied four blocks three times during the season...Slammed a career-high six kills in the Bulldogs' five-game win over Connecticut (Sept. 12)...Served three aces twice (Sept. 8 vs. Siena, Oct. 21 vs. Princeton)...Set a program record by serving 20 times in one game, a 20-7 Yale win in game three at Brown on Sept. 29.

2005: Spent time as both a setter and defensive specialist, playing in 52 games...Made her debut on Sept. 10 against Ball State in the Georgetown Classic, picking up a dig....Set a career high with 35 assists on Sept. 16 against Quinnipiac in the Yale Invitational...Also picked up her first career kill in the match...Recorded double-digit assists four times and reached double figures in digs five times, including a season-best 15 on Oct. 28 against Cornell...Finished the season with 114 digs, 106 assists, 19 service aces and 10 kills.

Before Yale: As team captain, led the 2004 Lincoln Lutheran team to a 30-2 record and the Class C1 state championship...A PrepVolleyball.com high school All-American as a senior...Received all-state, all-conference and academic all-conference honors in each of her four years...Led her Nebraska Juniors club teams to two top-five finishes at the Junior Olympics...Was a nine-time state medalist in track and field, received all-state honorable mention in basketball and ranked first in her senior class.