Rogers Earns Ivy League Rookie Of Week Honors

Mollie Rogers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mollie Rogers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Selected For Fourth Time This Season; Polan Named To Honor Roll

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Mollie Rogers, who smashed 17 kills in Yale's Ivy League title clinching 3-0 victory over Harvard last Friday, has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, sharing the honor with Penn's Emma White. In addition, Kendall Polan was named to the Honor Roll.

Rogers hit .515 and added eight digs, two service aces, an assist, a solo block and did not commit an attack error in 33 swings against the Crimson. With the Bulldogs up 15-9 in the second set, Rogers displayed her versatility by chasing down a ball, keeping it in play and later completed the point with a solo block to give Yale a seven-point edge. On the next point, Rogers delivered an ace.

Against Dartmouth the next night, Rogers struck for 14 kills, hit .300 and added nine digs, four block assists and two assists. She delivered two key kills against the Big Green late in the fourth set to force a fifth.

Rogers, who was honored for the fourth time, ranks sixth in the Ivy League and leads Yale with a 3.23 kills per set average.

Polan dished out 89 assists last weekend in two all-around performances against Harvard and Dartmouth.  Against Harvard, she had 39 assists, nine digs and three block assists.  The next night against Dartmouth, Polan reached the 50-assist mark for the fourth time this season.  She also contributed 18 digs, seven kills, three block assists and hit .667 against the Big Green. 

Polan completed the regular season as the Ivy League's leader in assists per set with a 10.84 average.  She now ranks eighth all-time in assists at Yale after only two seasons with the Bulldogs.

Yale finished Ivy play with a 12-2 record. Next up for the Bulldogs is the NCAA Tournament. Their postseason destination will be unveiled on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. on ESPNU with the announcement of the 64-team field of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity