Two-Time Defending Ivy League Champs Back to Business

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

Yale Hosts Texas A&M on Aug. 31 to Open 2012 Season

NEW HAVEN - The preseason is underway for two-time defending Ivy League champion Yale women's volleyball team.

The Bulldogs return four all-Ivy selections, including Ivy League Player of the Year Kendall Polan and conference rookie of the year Mollie Rogers. Yale finished last season with a 12-2 conference record and won their third league title in four years.  

"The first few practices have shown that we have a very physical team," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "We have great athletes that are really competing in every drill."

Team captain Haley Wessels said the first week of the practice is off to a positive start.

"After the first few days of preseason, it is apparent that all 12 of us enjoy working hard whether it's conditioning testing or practice scrimmages," Wessels said.  "We have a great group of girls that has a lot of fun together even through the soreness and bruises. We are all excited to get into the gym everyday to prepare for a tough preseason schedule and an even more exciting Ivy League season."

The Bulldogs also welcomed some newcomers to the squad.  The incoming class of 2016 ranks as one of the top recruiting classes in the nation according to  

In addition, the team added a new member to its coaching staff.  Don Gleason, who coached Division III Medaille College (N.Y.) last year, joins associate head coach Kevin Lasseau and Appleman on the sidelines.  

Gleason also served as an assistant coach for two club teams in Upstate New York -- Niagara Frontier Volleyball Club (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Paradigm Volleyball Club (Rochester, N.Y.).  

"It is an honor to work with a program that has experienced such success," Gleason said.  "I look forward to being a part of the Yale Volleyball program as they continue to build upon their winning traditions."

The Bulldogs open the season at home against Texas A&M on Aug. 31.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity