November 21, 2008

Cat Dailey Named Ivy League Player of the Year

Nov. 21, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After leading the Yale volleyball team to a 13-1 Ivy League record and the third Ivy League Championship in program history, junior outside hitter has been unanimously selected by the head coaches of the Ancient Eight as the 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year. Dailey joins Cathy Bell '90, Pauline Mu '94 and two-time winner Rosie Wustrack '99 as the only Bulldogs ever to receive the honor.

Dailey led the Ivy League with an average of 4.24 kills per set in league play. She also ranked eighth in service aces with 0.29 per set and ninth in hitting percentage at .302. The Newport Beach, Calif. native registered at least 218 more swings than any other player ranking in the top ten in hitting efficiency. On the season as a whole, Dailey ranks second on the Bulldogs with 3.77 kills per set and third in digs with 3.15 per set. She leads Yale in service aces with 0.29 per frame.

Dailey was previously honored as Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 14 and Nov. 18. She was the only player in the Ancient Eight to earn the laurel on more than one occasion this season.

"I feel like this is a team award," said Dailey of the honor. "I wouldn't have won this award without this great group of teammates on the floor with me."

Dailey is a transfer student from California-Berkeley, where she recorded 80 kills in 90 career sets. The Golden Bears advanced to the National Semifinals in 2007.

"To think about where I was last year, compared to where I am now, I wouldn't trade this Ivy League Championship or my teammates for anything."

Dailey was also selected to the All-Ivy League first team. She is joined on the list by two other Bulldogs: unanimously selected junior outside hitter Alexis Crusey and senior setter Ally Mendenhall.

Crusey ranked fourth in the Ancient Eight with 3.94 kills per set in league play. She also claimed the seventh spot in both digs and service aces, registering 3.92 digs and 0.29 aces per set of action. Crusey is now a three-time selection to the All-Ivy first team, and was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2006. Mendenhall was third in the Ivy League with 11.14 assists per set. The Yale captain cracks the first team after earning second team honors in her sophomore and junior seasons.

Joining the trio of Bulldogs on the first team is a duo of unanimously selected Princeton seniors: middle blocker Lindsey Ensign and outside hitter Parker Henritze. Penn sophomore outside hitter Julia Swanson and Cornell junior libero Megan Mushovic rounded out the first team.

Additionally, Yale sophomore libero Kelly Ozurovich, a 2007 All-Ivy second team selection, was recognized as an All-Ivy honorable mention. Ozurovich ranks third in the Ivy League with 4.71 digs per set, all while committing just five receiving errors from the libero position.

"I'm happy to see our team so well-represented on the All-Ivy team," said Yale Head Coach Erin Appleman. "It's reflective of the solid team effort that we have put forth all season."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 25, as they travel to southern California for a match with No. 17 San Diego. Yale wraps up the regular season in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 29 at Loyola Marymount. The Ivy League Champion Bulldogs will learn their NCAA Tournament destination on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Complete All-Ivy Volleyball Release

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity