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Wessels Named Ivy League Player Of Week

Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs With Back-To-Back Honorees

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A strong performance in the two matches at the Yale Invitational has earned senior Haley Wessels the Ivy League Player of the Week award. Wessels hit .558, averaged 3.25 kills per set and was named to the all-tournament team as the Bulldogs beat Big East foe Villanova and fell to Northwestern of the Big Ten.

Wessels, the team captain, had 13 kills, hit .440 and added three block assists in a 3-1 win over Villanova. Trailing 12-3 to start the fourth set, she capped a rally with consecutive kills to tie the set at 23. Yale went on to win 26-24. The next night Wessels struck for 13 kills without an attack error and hit .722 with four solo blocks against Northwestern.

"Haley was outstanding last weekend," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said. "To have the numbers she had against some of the toughest competition we are facing this year was incredible. She has always worked very hard."

Through five matches, Wessels leads the Bulldogs with a .387 hitting percentage.

Kendall Polan earned Player of the Week honors last week. It is the first time since last October that Yale has had back-to-back winners.

In addition, freshman Jesse Ebner was named to the Honor Roll. Ebner was named to the all-tournament team after hitting .423 with 3.5 kills per set and four service aces.

The Bulldogs travel to California for San Diego's Tournament this weekend. Yale faces UC Santa Barbara on Friday and San Diego and Fresno State on Saturday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity