January 12, 2011

Appleman Announces Volleyball Class of 2015

Five Players To Join Bulldogs In Fall

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale volleyball head coach Erin Appleman will welcome five freshmen to New Haven next fall. Gabby Bird-Vogel, Allie Frappier, Mollie Rogers, Maddie Rudnick and Dani Salka will form Yale's Class of 2015. 

"I couldn't be more excited about these five outstanding student-athletes joining the Yale program," Appleman said. "We've never had a class this deep with this much talent and high-level experience."

Bird-Vogel, a 6-2 outside hitter from Seattle Prep School and the Island Thunder Volleyball Club, was captain of her school's volleyball team in the fall of 2010. That squad captured the Washington 3A State Championship, and Bird-Vogel was named MVP of the tournament and to the All Tournament Team. She was also named to the Seattle Times Regional All Star team, as well as MVP of the Metro League.

Frappier comes to Yale with a wealth of volleyball experience against the nation's best teams. Most recently, the 5-10 outside hitter helped Vision 17 Gold reach the semifinals of the 17 Open Division at the 2010 Junior Olympics. Frappier was named to the All-Tournament Team that year, as well as in 2009 when her Vision 16 Gold finished fifth in 16 Open. The Northern California native received Highest Honorable Mention status on PrepVolleyball.com's Soph 79 list, and was an ESPN "Athlete on the Rise." Frappier competed for the NCVA's High Performance Team in 2006 and 2007.

Rogers, a 6-1 outside hitter from La Jolla Country Day High School and the San Diego Volleyball Club, helped lead her school to two straight California Division IV championships as a starting outside hitter in 2009 and 2010. Awarded the California State CIF Sportsmanship Award in 2009 and 2010, Rogers was chosen as the Academic Player of the Year by the San Diego Union Tribune in 2010. The San Diego native was twice named First Team All Section for San Diego County, MVP of the Nike Tournament of Champions and a silver medalist with the USA A2 Junior High Performance Team. Her 2010 LJCD team was ranked eighth in the country.

Rudnick, a 5-9 libero from La Costa Canyon High School and Waves Volleyball, joins former high school teammate Kendall Polan at Yale. A versatile player who can also hit outside, Rudnick's Waves teams medaled at Junior Olympics every year from 12-under through 16s. The 2010 Division 1 CIF Player of the Year, Rudnick was also a valued contributor on the 2008 La Costa Canyon team that was named the No. 1 high school team in the nation, as well as the 2009 squad that won the CIF SD championship. She was named All-Tournament at the Durango Invitational in 2010, First Team All-CIF, First Team All-North County, First Team Avocado League, and First Team All Academic. Her older sister, Lydia, is a sophomore outside hitter at Princeton.

Salka is a 5-11 rightside hitter and setter from nationally ranked Harvard-Westlake High School and the Sunshine Volleyball Club. An outstanding blocker, Salka led her 2010 high school team to the championship of the Durango Tournament, which featured top high school teams from across the U.S., and was named MVP of the tournament.

The Bulldogs finished the 2010 season with a share of the Ivy League championship, a 12-2 conference record and an 18-8 overall mark.