September 4, 2012

Polan Named Ivy League Player Of Week

Notched A Triple Double Against National Power Texas A&M

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It appears Kendall Polan has picked up right where she left off in 2011 when she was voted the Ivy League Player of the Year. Polan, who notched a triple double in Yale's season opener against national power Texas A&M, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Polan, who was selected to the all-tournament team at the Yale Classic, opened the season with 17 kills, 18 assists, 15 digs and hit .350 in a 3-1 loss to Texas A&M. The next day, she notched 26 assists, 10 digs and six kills while hitting .417 against Stony Brook. Later in the day, she just missed a triple-double with 24 assists, nine kills and eight digs with a hitting percentage of .643.

"Kendall was phenomenal this past weekend," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman. "Her leadership really showed."

This marks Polan's third Player of the Week honors as she won the award twice as a sophomore (Sept 6. and Oct. 4, 2011). She won five Rookie of the Week honors in 2010 en route to being voted Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

In addition, freshman Kelly Johnson was named to the Honor Roll. She was selected to the all-tournament team after averaging 2.90 kills per set and 5.0 assists in three matches.

The Bulldogs host the Yale Invitational this weekend. Action starts on Friday when Northwestern meets Brown at 5 p.m. followed by Yale hosting Villanova at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Northwestern and Villanova play at noon, Brown faces Villanova at 5 p.m. and Yale hosts Northwestern at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, yale Sports Publicity