Polan Named Ivy League Player of the Week

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

Led Bulldogs To Victories Over Cornell, Columbia

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Kendall Polan, who led Yale to victories over Cornell and Columbia, has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Polan dished out match-highs in assists in each of the two wins.

In a three-set sweep of Cornell, Polan had 37 assists, six kills, hit .462, posted 14 digs and tallied three block assists and an ace. The next day against Columbia, she contributed 47 assists, 18 digs, two aces and a block assist. In the deciding fifth set, Polan assisted on the most important points of the match for Yale. First, Polan set up Erica Reetz for back-to-back points to tie the score at 8-8. With the set tied at 10-10, Polan lined up three straight kills to give the Bulldogs a commanding three-point lead.

In only her second season, Polan has already moved into eighth place in all-time assists at Yale. This year, she ranks first overall in assists per set in the Ivy League.

This is the second time Polan has been honored. She earned the recognition on Sept. 6 after being named the co-MVP of the Yale Invitational.

The Bulldogs, who are 3-0 in Ivy play, return to the John J. Lee Amphitheater this weekend. Yale hosts Dartmouth on Friday at 7 p.m. and Harvard on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity