Sept. 30, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior Ally Mendenhall has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week, as announced by the league office this afternoon. Mendenhall led the Yale volleyball team to a 2-1 effort at the UAlbany Invitational this past weekend.
Mendenhall distributed 10.36 assists per set for the Bulldogs in three matches last weekend. The captain of the 2008 Bulldogs also racked up 2.82 digs per set and 10 kills on 23 swings for a .435 hitting percentage. She rounded out her statline with four blocks and three service aces. Mendenhall started her week off with a double-double comprised of 15 digs and a match- and season-high 39 assists in a five-set loss to Albany. She dished out 38 more assists in a three-set victory over Dayton on Saturday, and wrapped up the UAlbany Invitational with a six kills on 11 swings (.545), 37 assists and nine digs in a sweep of Long Island. Mendenhall was selected to the All-Tournament Team for her performance. For the season, Mendenhall paces Yale in assists with 9.93 per set, shares the team high with nine service aces and ranks third in digs with 2.66 per set.
Addtionally, junior outside hitter Alexis Crusey earned laurels as a member of the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. Crusey averaged 4.45 kills and 3.64 digs per set en route to earning a slot on the All-Tournament Team at the UAlbany Invitational. Crusey recorded 15 digs and a match-best 18 kills in the Bulldogs' five-set loss to Albany. She notched a match-high 18 kills again, this time in three sets, in a sweep of Dayton. Crusey hit .378 and filled out her statsheet with an assist, eight digs and two solo blocks in the match. The former Ivy League Rookie of the Year finished up her weekend with 13 kills, the team high yet again, a match-best 17 digs, two assists and four blocks in a sweep of Long Island.
Mendenhall, Crusey and the Bulldogs will officially begin their quest to an Ivy League championship this weekend. The road through the Ancient Eight starts in Providence, R.I., where the team will meet Brown University on Friday, Oct. 3. The two squads will clash again on Saturday, Oct. 4 as they wrap up the weekend home-and-home series at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity