Kerry Clavadetscher Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

Kerry Clavadetscher. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kerry Clavadetscher. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — With the Yale volleyball team coming off of a convincing straight-set victory over Brown in Friday’s Ivy League opener, the Ancient Eight has recognized freshman setter Kerry Clavadetscher as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Clavadetscher, playing less than two complete sets in the sweep of the Bears, dished out a match-high 21 assists. She rounded out her statline with three digs and two blocks, including one solo effort.

For the season, Clavadetscher has been the second-most prolific setter in the Ivy League with an average of 9.67 assists per frame. The freshman has also contributed 2.22 digs per set and 12 blocks in 27 sets of action during the Bulldogs’ red-hot 11-1 start to 2009. Clavadetscher has also landed four service aces and dropped in 10 kills from the setter position.

Just five weeks into the 2009 campaign, Clavadetscher is already the fourth Yale player to earn a league-wide distinction this season. Seniors Cat Dailey, Alexis Crusey and Laurel Johnson all took home Ivy League Player of the Week honors during the non-conference schedule.

Sophomore Bridget Hearst was also honored this week as a member of the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. Hearst, playing in only two sets of the Yale sweep, had seven kills on 10 swings without an error for a scorching .700 hitting percentage. She also picked up two digs, landed a service ace and had a hand in two blocks, including one solo stuff.

Clavadetscher, Hearst and the Bulldogs are back in action this weekend for the first full weekend of Ivy League competition. Princeton visits the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday night for a 7 p.m. tilt, and Penn makes the trek to New Haven on Saturday afternoon for a 4 p.m. contest.

Ivy League Weekly Release

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity