Feb. 18, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale Head Coach Erin Appleman has officially announced the five new additions to her 2008 Ivy League Champion volleyball team. Anya Cekauskas, Kerry Clavadetscher, Julia Cortopassi, Caitlin Parmer and Haley Wessels will comprise the Bulldogs' class of 2013, joining a squad that posted a 21-6 record and advanced to the NCAA Championship Second Round last season.
Cekauskas was a three-time all-region selection at Seaholm High School and added an all-state distinction to her résumé as a senior. The six-footer from Birmingham, Mich., who also lettered on the Seaholm basketball and track squads, spent time as both a middle blocker and an outside hitter on the volleyball court. She gained club experience with the Legacy Volleyball Club, which boasted seven current or incoming Division I players in addition to Cekauskas.
Clavadetscher, a 5'8 setter from Seattle, Wash., earned individual honors in all four of her seasons at Shorecrest High School. She was the 2005 Emerald City League Rookie of the Year and grabbed all-conference laurels in her next three seasons, including a first team nod as a senior. Her squad qualified for the state tournament four times, including a third place finish in the 3A Tournament in 2006. Clavadetscher also captained the Washington Volleyball Academy to a third place finish in the 17-National Division at the 2007 Junior Olympics, earning all-tournament team honors in the process.
Cortopassi, who captained Davis Senior High School as a middle blocker and outside hitter, was team Most Valuable Player and an all-league selection as a member of the 2007 Delta Valley League Championship team. The 6'2 native of Davis, Calif. also garnered extensive club volleyball experience, highlighted by a stint with Gold Cal 17-1 in which the team claimed fifth place in the 2007 Junior Olympics 17-U Open Division.
Parmer, a 5'10 outside hitter from San Diego, Calif., was a three-time All-CIF Division III honoree at La Jolla High School. She earned a first team distinction in 2008 as well as a second team All-Western League selection. Parmer, a 2008 San Diego Section All-Academic First Team honoree, also competed with Coast Volleyball Club.
Wessels, a 6'1 middle blocker from Dallas, Texas, comes to New Haven from Plano West Senior High School, where she captained her team to a district championship in 2008. Wessels earned first team all-district honors as a senior and was recognized as a PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace. As a junior, her Plano West squad captured a regional championship and advanced to the Texas 5A Final Four. As a club player with the Skyline Juniors in Dallas, Wessels' squad claimed silver medals at the Junior Olympics in both 2007 (16-U open division) and 2008 (17-U open division).
"This is an exceptional class, definitely the most athletic incoming class we have ever had," said Appleman. "These five student-athletes will make an immediate impact next season, while also preparing our team for the future."
The Bulldogs will return two first team All-Ivy players next season, 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year Cat Dailey and three-time first team selection Alexis Crusey. The 2009 schedule features non-conference matches against nationally-prominent teams American, Colorado and Georgetown prior to the Ivy League opener against Brown on Oct. 2.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity