Polan Named Ivy Rookie of the Year; Four Other Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Recognition

Polan Named Ivy Rookie of the Year; Four Other Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Recognition

Polan Becomes Yale's Seventh Rookie Of Year Selection

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There was no surprise when the 2010 Ivy League Volleyball Rookie of the Year was announced on Friday. Yale's Kendall Polan, who was selected as Rookie of the Week five of 11 times this season, was a unanimous choice. It is the seventh time a Yale player has been named Rookie of the Year. In all, five Bulldogs earned All-Ivy recognition. Polan and Bridget Hearst were first team selections. Kelly Ozurovich and Haley Wessels were named to the second team, while Erica Reetz earned honorable mention recognition.

"I am very proud of our 2010 All-Ivy selections," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman. "From the first day of preseason, our players passionately talked about becoming a cohesive unit. Everyone's hard work together on and off the court paid off."

Polan, Yale's first Rookie of the Year selection since Alexis Crusey in 2006, was one of the most versatile players in the league. She contributed 9.20 assists, 3.44 digs, 1.78 kills and 29 blocks for the season in helping Yale to an 18-7 overall record and a share of the Ivy title. Her 9.20 assists per set is fourth in the league. Polan recorded a triple double against Albany, tallying 17 kills, 34 assists and 10 digs. She also recorded a pair of kills and assists double-doubles and 13 assists and digs double-doubles.

"Kendall does so many positive things for us on the floor," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman. "She has a tremendous understanding of the game."

Hearst, a right side hitter, averaged 3.51 kills and 0.57 blocks per set on the season and 3.42 kills and 0.57 blocks per set in 14 Ivy matches. In 25 matches this season, Hearst reached double-digit kills 19 times, including a season-high 21 on two occasions. She is currently fourth in the league in kills and seventh in hitting percentage.

Ozurovich, Yale's only senior, is 21st in the nation in digs per set (5.39) and has helped the Bulldogs lead the nation in digs.

Wessels is third in the league in hitting percentage (.314). Her 210 kills are third on the team and she has a team-best 58 block assists.

Reetz, a three-time Rookie of the Week selection, is sixth in the league in kills (3.08 per set). Her 271 kills are second on the team.

The Bulldogs play Penn in an Ivy League playoff game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The winner earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity