October 7, 2008

Alexis Crusey Named Ivy League Player of the Week

Oct. 7, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off of a pair of victories over Brown in the inaugural weekend of Ivy League action, Yale junior outside hitter Alexis Crusey has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Crusey follows senior captain Ally Mendenhall as the second consecutive Bulldog to earn the weekly laurel.

Crusey posted a pair of double-doubles against the Bears last weekend. She amassed 40 kills on 90 attempts (5.71 kills per set) with a .344 hitting percentage and also racked up 31 digs (4.43 per set), four assists, five blocks and two service aces. The junior led her team in kills, digs, service aces and placed second in hitting percentage (among players with 2+ attempts per set), assists and blocks. Crusey recorded match highs with 23 kills on 49 swings (.347) and 18 digs in a four set win over the Bears in Providence on Friday night. On Saturday in New Haven, she followed up with 17 kills on 41 swings (.341) and 13 digs in a sweep of Brown, again posting the match high in both categories. Crusey was also honored for her excellence as a Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) Top Performer.

In the 2008 season, Crusey has amassed 4.09 kills per set, ranking her second in the Ivy League and 29th in all of Division I. The San Diego, Calif. native has also racked up 3.37 defensive digs per set, which slots her at 10th in the Ivy League. She also owns the sixth-best hitting percentage in the league at .287 (143-40-359). Crusey, a two-time first team All-Ivy selection and the 2006 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was named Most Valuable Player of the Yale Invitational and earned All-Tournament Team honors at the UAlbany Invitational earlier this season.

A pair of middle blockers, junior Laurel Johnson and freshman Taylor Cramm, also earned recognition as members of the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. Johnson hit a stellar .581 (20-2-31) to raise her season hitting percentage, the fifth best in the Ivy League, to .305 (67-20-154). On Friday night at Brown, Johnson had 12 kills on 22 attempts (.500) in a Bulldogs' victory, including six kills on seven swings without an error in the deciding fourth set. The junior also added two digs and a block. In the Bulldogs' Ivy League home opener on Saturday, Johnson overpowered the Bears with eight kills on nine swings (.778) in a Yale sweep.

Cramm amassed 14 kills and 11 blocks in seven sets of work. In her Ivy League debut on Friday, the freshman totaled five kills and five blocks in four sets of work. On Saturday night, Cramm tallied nine kills on 17 swings (.471) and six blocks in the home sweep of the Bears. Cramm is second in the Ancient Eight with 1.05 blocks per set this season.

Crusey, Johnson, Cramm and the Bulldogs continue their trek through the Ivy League with a pair of home matches next weekend. First, Dartmouth visits the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, a 4 p.m. match with Harvard will highlight the Bulldogs' 30th Anniversary Celebration.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity