December 21, 2011

Polan Named AVCA Honorable Mention All-America

The Ivy League Player of the Year Wins Another Award 

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale sophomore setter Kendall Polan earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Polan, the Ivy League Player of the Year, was named to the AVCA's Northeast All-Region team after leading the Bulldogs to their third conference title in four years and a NCAA Tournament berth in 2011.    The Bulldogs (18-7, 12-2) finished the season with a 3-0 loss at then-No. 1 USC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 2.

" I'm so proud of Kendall and the recognition this gives our program," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.

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 25 matches for the Ivy League Champion Bulldogs, finishing with 103 kills, 962 assists, 26 aces, 308 digs, 33 blocks and one reception error.

The sophomore set career-bests in assists, aces and blocks and led the League and ranked 54th nationally in assists. She was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 6 and Oct. 4).

The Cardiff, Calif., native was also named MVP of the Yale Invitational and earned first-team honors at the Yale Classic earlier this season.  Polan dished out 50 or more assists four times in 2011.

As a freshman, Polan was selected the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity

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