Polan Named 2013 Team Captain

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Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN -- Kendall Polan, the reigning two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, has a new title:  team captain.

Polan, who will be entering her senior season, was elected captain of the Yale women's volleyball team for the 2013 season following a team vote, head coach Erin Appleman announced.  

"Kendall possesses special qualities that make her a respected leader - on and off the court," Appleman said.  "Kendall has been a difference-maker for our program since her first day here and she is very deserving of this honor." 

In Polan's first three seasons, the Bulldogs have a 54-21 record and a 38-4 Ivy League mark with three conference titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances.  

The Cardiff, Calif., native earned conference player of the year honors in the last two seasons and won Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2010.  Polan was also named a 2012 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America and first team All-Ivy after last season.

Polan follows former team captains Haley Wessels '12, Taylor Cramm '11 and Kelly Ozurovich '10.  

"I'm honored to be elected captain for the upcoming season," Polan said.  "Haley, Taylor, and Kelly provided such great leadership in different ways and I learned so much from all of them. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to play with such an amazing group of girls and I hope to keep the winning tradition of Yale Volleyball alive." 

In 2012, Yale became only the second Ivy League team in history to finish the conference regular season with an undefeated mark.  Wessels said the "captain" title at Yale provides unique opportunities.   

"Being captain of the 2012 team was my most challenging and rewarding experience at Yale," Wessels said.  "The team accomplished more together than I could have imagined. I know Kendall will do an even better job than I did at leading such a fun, hard-working, positive group of girls. She has a quiet confidence about her that people are drawn to because everyone knows if you're on Kendall's team, you're going to win."

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity

 

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