Bulldogs Earn Honorable Mention for CVU.com Deep Digging Team of the Year Award

Kelly Ozurovich. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Coming off of a 21-4 mark in 2009, the best record in program history, the Yale volleyball team has been recognized by College Volleyball Update (CVU.com) as an Honorable Mention for its Deep Digging Team of the Year Award. The Bulldogs, who also earned Honorable Mention status in 2005, led the Ivy League and ranked fourth in Division I with 18.58 digs per set.

“Defense is a focal point of our practices every day,” said Yale Head Coach Erin Appleman. “Being recognized for our defense on a national level is a testament to our hard work.”

Yale was listed alongside Iowa State, Lipscomb and North Dakota State as Honorable Mentions, while Northern Iowa, the Missouri Valley Conference champion, won the award.

Leading the back row of the Yale set was junior libero Kelly Ozurovich, who will serve as team captain in the upcoming 2010 campaign. Ozurovich earned her second consecutive All-Ivy Honorable Mention in 2009 after finishing the season ranked second in the Ivy League and 13th in the nation with 5.38 digs per set. An All-Ivy Second Team honoree as a freshman in 2007, Ozurovich will enter her senior campaign ranked fifth on Yale’s all-time digs list with 1,241.

First Team All-Ivy selections Alexis Crusey and Cat Dailey also ranked among the Ancient Eight’s leaders in digs, notching 3.57 (ninth) and 3.55 (10th) digs per set, respectively. Yale’s defensive efforts, which were also boosted by an Ivy League-leading 2.17 blocks per set, resulted in an opponent hitting percentage of just .134.

Ozurovich will lead a 2010 Bulldog squad that returns six letterwinners from last season, including fellow All-Ivy honorees Bridget Hearst and Kerry Clavadetscher.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity