Yale’s Class of 2015 Earns National Recognition

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

Appleman Welcoming Five Freshmen To Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Fresh off an Ivy League championship season, the Yale volleyball program isn't so much reloading its talent pool as it is stockpiling.

Yale's Class of 2015 is littered with Junior Olympic medalist and high school All-Americans, and the volleyball community has taken notice. Yale has again been recognized as having one of the top recruiting classes in the country by PrepVolleyball.com. This year's class received Highest Honorable Mention status in the website's annual rankings of volleyball recruiting classes. 

Yale is the only Ivy League team to receive Highest Honorable Mention recognition.

It is the third consecutive year and fourth time in the last six years that Yale has been tabbed as having one of the top 50 recruiting classes in the nation. Yale is the only Ivy League team to be named to the list three years in a row.

"The sheer amount of talent we have coming in this fall is a fantastic addition to the Yale volleyball program," head coach Erin Appleman said. "It's exciting to be recognized for bringing great volleyball talent to a school of Yale's academic standing."

Other schools given Highest Honorable Mention status include NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 participants Dayton and Indiana, as well as Michigan, Clemson, Cincinnati, and Rice.

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2015:

Gabby Bird-Vogel, a 6-2 outside hitter from Seattle Prep School and the Island Thunder Volleyball Club, was captain of her school's volleyball team in the fall of 2010. That squad captured the Washington 3A State Championship, and Bird-Vogel was named MVP of the tournament and to the All Tournament Team. She was also named to the Seattle Times Regional All Star team, as well as MVP of the Metro League.

Allie Frappier comes to Yale with a wealth of volleyball experience against the nation's best teams. Most recently, the 5-10 outside hitter helped Vision 17 Gold reach the semifinals of the 17 Open Division at the 2010 Junior Olympics. Frappier was named to the All-Tournament Team that year, as well as in 2009 when her Vision 16 Gold team finished fifth in 16 Open. The Northern California native received Highest Honorable Mention status on PrepVolleyball.com's Soph 79 list, and was an ESPN "Athlete on the Rise." Frappier competed for the NCVA's High Performance Team in 2006 and 2007.

Mollie Rogers, a 6-1 outside hitter from La Jolla Country Day School and the San Diego Volleyball Club, helped lead her school to two straight California Division IV championships as a starting outside hitter in 2009 and 2010. Awarded the California State CIF Sportsmanship Award in 2009 and 2010, Rogers was chosen as the Academic Player of the Year by the San Diego Union Tribune in 2010. The San Diego native was twice named First Team All Section for San Diego County, MVP of the Nike Tournament of Champions and a silver medalist with the USA A2 Junior High Performance Team. Her 2010 LJCD team was ranked eighth in the country.

Maddie Rudnick, a 5-9 libero from La Costa Canyon High School and Waves Volleyball, joins former high school teammate Kendall Polan at Yale. A versatile player who can also hit outside, Rudnick's Waves teams medaled at Junior Olympics every year from 12-under through 16s. The 2010 Division 1 CIF Player of the Year, Rudnick was also a valued contributor on the 2008 La Costa Canyon team that was named the No. 1 high school team in the nation, as well as the 2009 squad that won the CIF SD championship. She was named All-Tournament at the Durango Invitational in 2010, First Team All-CIF, First Team All-North County, First Team Avocado League, and First Team All Academic. Her older sister, Lydia, is a sophomore outside hitter at Princeton.

Dani Salka is a 5-11 rightside hitter and setter from nationally ranked Harvard-Westlake High School and the Sunshine Volleyball Club. An outstanding blocker, Salka led her 2010 high school team to the championship of the Durango Tournament, which featured top high school teams from across the U.S., and was named MVP of the tournament.

PrepVolleyball.com's Top 30 Classes

1. Texas
2. Penn State
3. Illinois
4. Washington
5. UCLA
6. Cal
7. Wisconsin
8. Tennessee
9. Pepperdine
10. USC
11. Arizona
12. Hawaii
13. Nebraska
14. Purdue
15. Notre Dame
16. Florida
17. Long Beach State
18. LSU
19. Arizona State
20. Utah
21. Oregon
22. Missouri
23. Stanford
24. Ohio State
25. Iowa State
26. Duke
27. Brigham Young
28. Kentucky
29. Georgia
30. Minnesota

Highest Honorable Mention

YALE, Baylor, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Clemson, Creighton, Dayton, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Loyola Marymount, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Carolina State, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio, Rice, South Carolina, UCSB, Utah State, Washington State.