Kendall Polan Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Earns Honor For Second Time This Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.), who recorded Yale's first triple-double of the season in Saturday's match with Albany, has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. It is the second time this season Polan has been honored. The first was after she helped the Bulldogs win the Yale Invitational over Labor Day weekend.

Polan, who enters this week as the Ivy League leader in assists per set (10.51), tallied 34 assists, 17 kills and 10 digs in a 3-2 loss against the Great Danes. In the 3-1 victory over Albany one night earlier, she just missed a triple-double with 45 assists, 21 digs and nine kills.

In two matches last week, Polan had 26 kills (2.89 per set), 79 assists (8.44 per set), 35 digs (3.89 per set) and three block assists. As the team's primary setter, Polan has led Yale to a conference-best .247 team hitting percentage and 14.467 team kills per set.

"Kendall played really well this weekend. She is just so versatile," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman. "She plays with heart every time she steps out on the court."

So far in 2010, Yale has had three Rookie of the Week selections. In addition to Polan, Erica Reetz was honored on Sept. 14.

The Bulldogs (6-5) begin Ivy League play this weekend with a home-and-home series with Brown. The two teams meet in Providence on Friday at 7 p.m. and then in New Haven on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity