Hearst Named Player of Week; Polan Selected Rookie Of Week
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale volleyball team picked up two important road victories last weekend, knocking off Harvard and Dartmouth. Two of the players that helped lead the way were honored on Tuesday. Bridget Hearst (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, while Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.) earned Rookie of the Week honors.
Hearst was instrumental in both wins, collecting 15 kills, four digs and four block assists in the Bulldogs' 3-1 win over the Crimson. The junior hit a solid .257 for the match. One night later, Hearst hit .410 with a match-best 21 kills as Yale rallied from a 2-1 deficit to top Dartmouth. She added one solo block and three block assists in the win.
For the week, Hearst averaged 4.00 kills and 0.89 blocks per set. She also ranks among the league's top 10 in several offensive categories, including kills per set (4th, 3.42), points per game (4th (3.85) and hitting percentage (9th, 2.77).
"I thought Bridget had one of her best weekend," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman. "She was not only impressive with her attacking but well balanced throughout both matches."
Polan, who earned her third Rookie of the Week selection, had 76 assists, 27 digs, 16 kills, hit .325, five block assists and four service aces in the Bulldogs' two wins, helping Yale keep pace with the league leaders. In Saturday's five-set win against the Big Green, Polan just missed a triple-double with seven kills, 19 digs and a match-best 47 assists. The previous night at Harvard, Polan had seven kills, hit .583 for the match, set up a team-best 37 assists and added six digs.
For the week, Polan averaged 8.44 assists, 1.78 kills and 3.00 digs per set. She leads her team in assists per set (9.45), which is good for third in the Ivy League., and is key to the Bulldogs' leading all Ivy squads in hitting percentage (.238), assists (13.56) and kills (14.38).
"Kendall was extremely solid," Appleman said. "Her serving and defense were very good and she also demonstrated her offensive qualities."
The Bulldogs are currently in third place with a 6-2 Ivy record. Princeton (6-1) and Penn (6-1) share the league lead and both visit the John J. Lee Amphitheater this weekend. Yale and Princeton meet Friday at 7 p.m., while the Bulldogs host Penn on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity