NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- In a season the Yale women's volleyball program won their ninth Ivy League title in the last 15 years, the team swept the major 2018 Ivy League volleyball awards. Five different Bulldogs were honored and head coach Erin Appleman was named coach of the year, the league office announced on Thursday.
Junior setter Frances Arnautou was named Ivy League Player of the Year, senior team captain Kate Swanson was selected defensive player of year, first-year outside hitter Ellis DeJardin was awarded as the league's top rookie. In addition, senior right side Kelley Wirth was named All-Ivy First Team along with Arnautou, Swanson and DeJardin, and first-year middle blocker Samantha Bray was named All-Ivy Second Team. Arnautou and Swanson were unanimous first team selections.
Arnautou, a San Francisco native, in Ivy League play ranked second in the conference in assists per set (11.00), 10th in digs per set (3.07) and 17th in service aces (0.22). She also ranked second on the team in blocks per set in conference play, had 34 kills on 83 swings while hitting .373 and posted 10 or more digs in six of 14 Ivy matches.
Swanson, who earned the league's top defensive player award for the second straight year, led the Ivy League in digs per set at 5.04 in conference matches. A Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., native, Swanson has 386 total digs, the ninth highest single-season total, and her 4.95 per set average for the entire season is fifth highest single-season average in Yale Volleyball program history. In addition, Yale ranks 10th in the nation in opponent's hitting percentage (.153).
DeJardin, a San Gabriel, Calif., native, was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week five times during the season. In Ivy League matches, DeJardin ranked seventh in kills per set (3.17), 12th in hitting percentage (.239) and 18th in digs per set (2.52) while leading the team in total attacks. She finished the season with three straight double-doubles in kills and digs -- all Yale victories.
Wirth, of Moraga, Calif., was named to an All-Ivy team for the fourth straight season. She led the Bulldogs in kills per set (3.31) in Ivy matches (3.31) and ranked sixth in the conference. She also ranked 16th in the conference in hitting percentage (.226) and has 44 blocks for the season.
Bray, a two-time rookie of the week selection from Austin, Texas, ranked ninth in Ivy League play in hitting percentage (.262) and seventh in blocks per set (1.04). She leads the Bulldogs in total blocks (68) and averages kills per set (2.33). Bray hit .350 or higher in seven of her 14 Ivy League matches.
Appleman, in her 16th season at Yale, led the Bulldogs to a 19-4 record overall, a 13-1 mark in the Ivy League and their ninth Ivy League title in the last 15 years. In her time at Yale, the Bulldogs have the best record in the Ivy League at 180-44 and she has an overall mark 289-108.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity