Clavadetscher Claims Second Ivy League Rookie of the Week Honor

Kerry Clavadetscher. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kerry Clavadetscher. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After playing an integral part in the Yale volleyball team’s 2-0 road weekend at Cornell and Columbia, Kerry Clavadetscher has been recognized by the Ivy League as its Rookie of the Week. The freshman setter, who averaged 12.86 assists per set in seven frames of action, has now earned the distinction in two of the past three weeks.

At Cornell on Friday night, Clavadetscher racked up a match-best 34 assists as the Bulldogs swept Big Red. She added six digs, two kills and a career-best three blocks in the contest. She followed that performance with a career-high 56 assists in Saturday’s four-set victory at Columbia. She once again complimented her assist total with six digs and two kills against the Lions, rounding out her statline with an ace and a block.

For the season, Clavadetscher has been the second-most prolific setter in the Ivy League with an average of 10.50 assists per frame. The Seattle, Wash. native has also contributed 2.12 digs per set, 19 blocks in 42 sets of action for the 14-2 Bulldogs. Clavadetscher has also landed six service aces and dropped in 17 kills from the setter position.

Seven weeks into the 2009 campaign, Yale players have earned Ancient Eight honors on five occasions. In addition to Clavadetscher’s pair of Rookie of the Week nods, Seniors Cat Dailey, Alexis Crusey and Laurel Johnson were each tabbed as Ivy League Player of the Week during the non-conference schedule.

Sophomore Bridget Hearst was also honored this week as a member of the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. Hearst turned in a remarkable performance in the Bulldogs' win at Columbia, as she tallied a match-best 27 kills on 35 swings with just four errors for a stellar .657 hitting percentage. Hearst, whose 27 kills marked the most by a Yale player since Shannon Farrell ’07 totaled 31 kills in five sets against Cornell in 2004, had nine kills in the third frame alone against the Lions. She lands of the Weekly Honor Roll for the second week in 2009.

Clavadetscher, Hearst and the Bulldogs continue their run through the Ivy League this weekend at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Dartmouth (7-9, 3-3 Ivy) visits the Elm City on Friday night for a 7 p.m. tilt, and Harvard (7-10, 3-3 Ivy) makes the trek to New Haven on Saturday afternoon for a 4 p.m. contest.

Ivy League Weekly Release

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity