Five Bulldogs Receive Accolades
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale swept the Ivy League major postseason volleyball awards as sophomore setter Kendall Polan was named Player of the Year, while freshman outside hitter Mollie Rogers was selected Rookie of the Year by the League's eight head coaches. Polan and Rogers were also both named first team All-Ivy. Freshman Allie Frappier and sophomore Erica Reetz were second team selections and senior Taylor Cramm earned honorable mention recognition.
"It's thrilling having five players recognized," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman. "Volleyball is the ultimate team sport and this is a reflection of the team as a whole. We had an amazing season."
This is the third time in school history that Yale has received both awards, and the first time since 1993 when Pauline Mu was named Co-Player of the Year and Leigh Brezler was the Rookie of the Year.
Polan's award is her second consecutive Ivy League major post season honor as she was named Rookie of the Year last year. She is the first Bulldog to receive Player of the Year honors since Cat Dailey in 2008.
In 2011, Polan was unanimously voted first-team All-Ivy, marking the second-straight year she was named to the first team. She started all 24 matches for the Ivy League Champion Bulldogs, finishing with 100 kills, 943 assists, 25 aces, 299 digs, 33 blocks and zero reception errors. The sophomore set career-bests in assists, aces and blocks and led the League and ranked 46th nationally in assists. She was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 6 and Oct. 4).
"Kendall is an exceptional setter and her knowledge of the game is truly amazing," Appleman said. "Being recognized as Player of the Year as a sophomore speaks volumes."
Rogers was a unanimous selection for Ivy League Rookie of the Year to give Yale back-to-back Rookie of the Year awards. The San Diego native was a League-high four-time Rookie of the Week recipient (Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Oct. 25 and Nov. 15). She led the Bulldogs with 267 kills and finished second on the squad with 286 digs. She also contributed 34 blocks, 26 assists and 19 aces. She finished the regular season ranked fourth in the League in points and sixth in kills per set. She was also a unanimous decision for first-team All-Ivy.
"Mollie is one of our hardest workers, and she is a very focused and talented all around player," Appleman said.
Frappier also had an outstanding rookie season, finishing second on the team to Rogers with 255 kills. In addition, she had 225 digs and 11 service aces. Her 3.07 kills per set was seventh in the league.
Reetz, an honorable mention selection last year, had another solid season for the Bulldogs. She had 195 kills, 220 digs and 14 service aces.
Cramm, the team captain, earned All-Ivy recognition for the first time in her career. She finished second in the league with a .366 hitting percentage.
This was the third year in a row that Yale had five players honored.
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