3 - Laurel Johnson
Laurel Johnson
Height: 5-11
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cherry Hill, N.J.
High School: Cherry Hill East
Position: MB

2009: Appeared in 53 sets…Had 96 kills (1.81 per set) and 40 blocks (0.75 per set)…Ranked third on the team and ninth in the Ivy League in blocks per set…Selected as Ivy League Player of the Week after averaging 3.22 kills per set with.424 hitting percentage and a tournament-high 1.22 blocks per set in Yale’s sweep of the Seton Hall Invitational…Also earned All-Tournament Team accolades for that performance, which includes a season-high 12 kills against Hofstra…Had eight kills in the Oct. 2 sweep of Brown…Reached double figures with 10 kills and added five blocks on Oct. 10 against Penn.

2008: Played in 83 sets...Averaged 1.68 kills with a .238 hitting percentage...Registered 0.51 blocks per set...Hit .333 with 13 kills and just one error en route to earning a spot on the Penn State Classic All-Tournament team...Recorded five kills and a season-best five blocks in the Sept. 27 sweep of Long Island...Recorded a season-high 12 kills on 22 swings (.500) on Oct. 3 at Brown...Hit .778 (8-1-9) on Oct. 4 vs. Brown...Tallied nine kills, and a career-best five digs on Oct. 18 against Penn...Matched her season high of five blocks on Oct. 18 against Penn and again on Nov. 29 at Loyola Marymount...Led all players with nine kills on Oct. 24 at Cornell...Recorded 10 kills on 20 swings without committing an error on Nov. 14 at Penn.

2007: Made 17 starts, appearing in 62 games at middle blocker...Posted 127 kills and 63 blocks...Named to the Yale Invitational all-tournament team after tallying 23 kills and 13 blocks in the tournament...Had eight kills in three of the first four matches of the season, and seven in the other...Hit .778, recording seven kills without an error vs. Sacred Heart (Sept. 8)...Had five solo blocks and seven overall vs. Maine (Sept. 8)...Recorded seven blocks at Harvard on Oct. 6...Smashed 18 kills (double her previous career high) and hit .472 in the season finale against UC Santa Barbara in the Baden Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 24).

2006: Started the first 10 matches of her collegiate career...Appeared in 51 games during the season...Notched 83 kills and 54 blocks...Led team with 1.06 blocks per game...Posted eight kills against Siena in her first collegiate match (Sept. 8)...Tallied a career-high nine kills in Yale's win over Rhode Island in the Courtyard by Marriott Yale Classic (Sept. 22)...Registered eight total blocks in Yale's five-game win over Connecticut (Sept. 12).

Before Yale: Helped lead Cherry Hill East to its first Group IV New Jersey state championship while being named the Star Ledger South Jersey Player of the Year...Lettered four times in volleyball and twice more in swimming...Honored as a Bloustein Distinguished Scholar, a National Merit Commended Student and a National Achievement semi-finalist.

Getting to Know LJ

Favorite Quote: “The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.”
Biggest Inspiration: My parents
Favorite Reality TV Show: "Survivor"
Favorite Sports Movie: Remember the Titans
People are surprised that you…: are obsessed with the TV show, "Survivor". It is currently in its 18th season, and I have not missed a single one.
Which of your teammates would make the best coach?: Kate Parker, because of her love for the game.
Why did you choose Yale?: I chose Yale for the combination of the opportunities to attend a great academic university and to be a part of a successful volleyball program. When I visited and got a chance to be on campus and spend time with the team, I knew Yale was the perfect fit.

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