Polan and Johnson Earn National Recognition

Kendall Polan, left, and Kelly Johnson.
Kendall Polan, left, and Kelly Johnson.

Both Honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association 

NEW HAVEN -- The 2012 Ivy League champion Yale women's volleyball team continues to earn accolades.

Junior Kendall Polan and freshman Kelly Johnson were named to the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region team on Tuesday.

Polan and Johnson combined for over 1,000 assists for the Bulldogs, who ranked 11th in the nation as a team in assists per set.  The duo led Yale to the fourth-highest kill per set average in the nation this season.

"I'm thrilled for Kendall and Kelly," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "They played great all year and it's great that they're being recognized on the national level."

Polan, the reigning two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, was named to the AVCA Northeast All-Region team.   Polan led the Bulldogs in assists and ranked third in kills.

A Cardiff, Calif., native, Polan earned first team All-Ivy status after ranking in conference top-10 in assists (5th) and digs (9th).   Polan produced seven triple-doubles (kills, assists and digs) during the season.

Johnson (Palos Verdes, Calif.), this season's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was selected to the AVCA Northeast All-Region Honorable Mention team.  Johnson was the only player in the Ivy League to finish in the top 10 in kills and hitting percentage in conference matches. 

In her first season with the Bulldogs, Johnson earned All-Ivy First Team status and finished second on the team in assists, kills and total points.

Yale went 18-6 overall and became only the second Ivy League team to finish the conference season with a 14-0 record.  The Bulldogs dropped a dramatic five-set match to Bowling Green in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 30.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity