Taylor Cramm Receives Nellie Pratt Elliot Award

Taylor Cramm. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Taylor Cramm. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Volleyball Star Selected Yale's Top Female Athlete

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Taylor Cramm, who helped the Yale volleyball team win three Ivy League titles during her outstanding career, is the recipient of the 2012 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. The award was presented at today's Class Day exercises.

The Nellie Pratt Elliot Award goes to the senior woman whose excellence in the field of athletics and in her life at Yale best represents the ideals of sportsmanship and Yale tradition. It is awarded in memory of Nellie Pratt Elliot, who was an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale for 46 years.

During Cramm's career, Yale posted a remarkable 48-8 record in Ivy League matches, winning the league title in 2008, 2010 and 2011. She played in 245 sets in her four years and finished with 350 kills. Her .283 hitting percentage is the fourth best in school history. In addition, she was among Yale's leaders in blocks in each of her four years, finishing her career with 205 blocks.

This fall, she was the team captain, leading the Bulldogs to 18 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after finishing second in the league with a .366 hitting percentage and second on the team with 44 blocks. In a weekend sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth she hit an impressive .538 without an attack error in 26 attempts to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors.

In both her junior and sophomore seasons, she appeared in more than 50 sets, and as a freshman she finished second in the Ivy League in blocks and was the recipient of the team's Most Improved Player Award.

Cramm, a native of Laguna Niguel, Calif., also starred in the classroom, earning Academic All-Ivy recognition as both a junior and senior.

She is an economics major and resides in Pierson College.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity