16 Lydia Mailander
16 Lydia Mailander
Height: 5-11
Year: Senior
Hometown: Reno, Nev.
High School: Galena
Position: OH

2009: Appeared in 35 sets...Averaged 1.63 digs per set...Landed 15 kills and five service aces...Posted a season-best 17 digs in the Sept. 19 sweep of NJIT...Had a season-high nine kills in the sweep of Quinnipiac on Sept. 26...Had three assists and two blocks.

2008: Appeared in 28 sets over 15 matches...Posted six service aces and eight digs...Served up a career-best four aces and tallied three digs on Sept. 13 against Hofstra.

2007: Saw action in 13 matches, playing in 31 games...Tallied nine kills, 37 digs and 10 service aces...Had four kills and four digs against Stanford in the Yale Volleyball Classic (Sept. 15)...Recorded a career-high four aces to go along with three kills and five digs against Columbia on Oct. 20...Notched a season-high 11 digs in the season finale against UC Santa Barbara in the Baden Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 24).

2006: Appeared in 60 games and 21 matches...Tallied 38 kills and 98 digs...Recorded her first career double-double at Columbia on Oct. 28, picking up 10 kills and 12 digs...Posted a career-high 11 kills in the Bulldogs' next match at Princeton on Nov. 4...Also had 12 digs at Harvard on Oct. 13...Had two service aces in consecutive matches against Penn (Nov. 5) and Dartmouth (Nov. 10).

Before Yale: Named co-MVP of Northern Nevada State Zone in 2005 for Galena High School...Received the 2005 Harvard Book prize to go along with winning the USA National Charles Dickens Essay Competition...Also a four-year member of the Nevada State All-Academic team.

Appleman on Lydia: “I look to Lydia for a lot of things. She can make big plays on defense and always serves tough. Her senior leadership will be a big asset to the team.”

Getting to Know Lydia

Favorite Quote:
"To make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." - Carl Sagan
Your Theme Song: "Tell Me Baby" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Biggest Inspiration: My dad
Greatest Fear: Inadequacy
Your Celebrity Look-Alike: Betty from "Mad Men"
Pre-Match Superstition: I tape my wrist with black tape on game days.
Favorite Sports Movie: Miracle
Signature Dance Move: Too many to count
People are surprised that you…: play the tuba.
Which of your teammates would make the best coach?: Taylor Cramm