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Johnson Earns Third Ivy Rookie Of Week Selection

Kelly Johnson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kelly Johnson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Helped Bulldogs To Sweep Of Princeton & Penn

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman setter Kelly Johnson played like a veteran in helping the Yale volleyball team to a big weekend sweep of Princeton and Penn. On Tuesday, she was rewarded by being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.

Johnson, a Palos Verdes, Calif., native, led the Bulldogs with 28 kills and seven total blocks as Yale moved into sole possession of first place.

In the 3-1 victory over Princeton, Johnson produced a triple-double that included a season-high 19 kills. She hit .421 and added 18 assists and 11 digs. With the fourth set tied at 18, Johnson had a block assist and then on the next point slammed a diagonal kill to give Yale a two-point edge.

The next night, she just missed a triple-double in a 3-0 win over Penn. She had 13 assists, nine kills and eight digs.

"Kelly had a great weekend at an important time," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman. "She had a lot of confidence on offense."

In addition, sophomore Maddie Rudnick was named to the Honor Roll. Rudnick, a libero, averaged 5.29 digs per set and added a service ace in the two matches.

Yale (11-5, 7-0 Ivy) has won eight straight matches and hosts Brown on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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