September 29, 2009

Alexis Crusey Earns Ivy League Player of the Week Honors

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Coming off of a Most Valuable Player performance at the Yale Classic, senior outside hitter Alexis Crusey of the Yale volleyball team has been recognized by the Ivy League as its Player of the Week. Crusey, the third Bulldog to merit Ancient Eight Player of the Week honors in four weeks of competition, averaged 4.11 kills and 3.22 digs per set in a trio of straight-set victories for Yale this past weekend.

In the weekend-opening sweep of Central Connecticut State, Crusey hit .355, tallying a match-best 13 kills on 31 swings, and fell just shy of a double-double with nine digs. She also notched an assist and a service ace in the contest. The next morning against Quinnipiac, Crusey piled up 11 kills and 11 digs with three assists and an ace. She also had a hand in three Yale blocks, including one solo stuff. The three-time All-Ivy first team honoree wrapped up the weekend with a match-high 13 kills against Binghamton, hitting .407 (13-2-27) in the straight-set victory. Crusey once again picked up nine digs in the contest with two assists, two blocks (one solo) and a service ace.

One of the most prolific Bulldogs in terms of both kills (3.17 per set) and digs (3.37 per set) in 2009, Crusey ranks sixth all-time in Yale history with 1,128 career kills and recently eclipsed 1,000 digs for her career, sitting at ninth all-time with 1,038. She is one of five Bulldogs to reach both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs, and one of only four Yale players in the career top 10 in both categories.

Crusey joins fellow seniors Cat Dailey and Laurel Johnson as 2009 recipients of the Ivy League Player of the Week distinction.

Junior libero Kelly Ozurovich, who joined Crusey on the Yale Classic All-Tournament Team, was also tabbed by the Ivy League as a member of the Weekly Honor Roll. Ozurovich, a member of the Weekly Honor Roll for the second consecutive week, averaged 7.86 digs per frame as the libero in a Bulldog defense that held opponents to a .091 hitting percentage at the Yale Classic. In the straight-set win over Central Connecticut State, the two-time All-Ivy selection piled up 22 digs in three sets and landed a service ace on the visiting Blue Devils. She was also perfect on 15 serve receptions. Ozurovich played just one set against Quinnipiac on Saturday, racking up 11 digs in the first frame of a Bulldogs’ sweep. She concluded the weekend with another 22-dig performance in the sweep of Binghamton. Ozurovich was once again perfect on serve receptions, this time with seven errorless attempts.

Crusey, Ozurovich and the Bulldogs are back in action this Friday, Oct. 2, as Ivy League play begins in New Haven with the defending champions of the Ancient Eight hosting Brown. First serve from the John J. Lee Amphitheater is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Ivy League Weekly Release

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity

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