Wessels Elected Yale Volleyball Captain

Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Haley Wessels. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Helped Bulldogs To 2011 Ivy League Title

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Middle hitter Haley Wessels has been elected captain of the Yale volleyball team for the 2012 season.

"Being caption of such an outstanding group of girls is a big honor," Wessels said. "I am excited to work hard with them to defend our Ivy League championship."

Playing in all 14 of Yale's 2011 Ivy League matches, Wessels hit .338, which was fourth-best in the league. She also averaged nearly a block per set, and more than three points per set. The Plano, Texas, native was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll twice during the season in recognition of outstanding performances. 

In the win at Brown, Wessels had 10 kills and one error on 15 swings for a .600 mark. Two weeks later against Penn the middle hitter had 11 kills, without an error on 25 swings to hit .440, and against Princeton she had 13 kills, 1 error on 23 swings to hit .522.

An art history major, Wessels was named second team All-Ivy as a sophomore.

"I'm extremely excited to have Haley as our captain," head coach Erin Appleman said. "I've always admired her work ethic and think she will bring tremendous leadership to our team."

"I'm lucky to have this opportunity," Wessels added. "It's going to be a very fun journey,"

Yale volleyball will be in action this spring in a pair of offseason tournaments. On Mar. 24 the Bulldogs will spend the day battling Boston College in Boston. On April 21, Yale will host Bryant, Fairfield, Southern Connecticut, and Columbia in an all-day affair.