Bulldogs Celebrate 2010 Season

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The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Honors Individuals, Celebrates Team Success in 2010 at Annual Banquet

The 2010 Yale women's volleyball team had many special moments: clinching a share of the Ivy League Championship, capturing nation-leading statistical marks, winning 10 straight Ivy matches, record-breaking performances and accomplishing numerous league honors to name a few.  Recently, the Bulldogs met one more time to reflect on a season that ended with the team's third Ivy League title in seven seasons at the squad's annual awards banquet. 

The team reminisced about crucial plays, big wins and many other memories during an amazing 2010 season in which the team also led the nation in digs and swept a pre-conference season tournament. Teammates shared laughs, enjoyed a video montage of the 2010 season and honored several team members with awards.

It was one more night to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and success of Yale's volleyball program.

Yale finished with an 18-8 overall record and a 12-2 league mark.  The Bulldogs began the season 1-2 before running the table in Ivy play and forcing a one-match Ivy playoff against Penn.

"What this team accomplished this season is truly amazing," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  "We graduated one of our best classes ever last year, so we had a lot of youth and inexperience on the floor this year.  Buy they refused to quit and played with passion."

During the banquet, Coach Appleman, distributed the team's conference championship rings and awarded several student-athletes with individual honors:

Most Valuable Player:  Kendall Polan, a first-team all-Ivy pick, did a little bit of everything in 2010 for the Bulldogs.   Polan, among the league leaders in assists, showed versatility on offense and defense to capture the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award.  Polan, a five-time league rookie of the week, contributed 9.20 assists, 3.44 digs, 1.78 kills and 29 blocks during the regular season.

Most Improved Player: Bridget Hearst went from a role player to a breakout season, Coach Appleman said.  Hearst earned most-improved status after leading the team in kills and earning a first team all-Ivy selection. 

All-time Digs Leader:  Kelly Ozurovich, the team's senior captain, was recognized for becoming the Yale volleyball program's all-time leader in digs.  Ozurovich accomplished the feat on Sept. 18 against West Virginia.

Coaches' Award:  Ozurovich was also honored for her contributions as the team's leader throughout the season.  Her leadership and steady play help guide the Bulldogs throughout the season.

After losing Ozurovich to graduation, the Bulldogs will defend their latest title with the return of Polan, Hearst and with two other Ivy League award winners – Haley Wessels and Erica Reetz

Wessels, who finished third in the Ivy League in hitting percentage, earned second team all-Ivy status. Reetz, who finished second on the team and sixth in the conference in kills per set, was an honorable mention all-Ivy performer.

The night continued with remarks from next season's team captain, Taylor Cramm, who earned fall academic all-Ivy honors. 

The evening concluded a video highlighting the 2010 campaign.  The video was produced by Kevin Laseau, the team's associate head coach.