Polan Named Ivy League Player Of Week

Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin ’95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin ’95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Becomes Fourth Yale Player Honored This Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale volleyball team continues to roll through the Ivy League and the honors keep coming in. Kendall Polan is the latest Bulldog to earn a weekly Ivy award. She has been named the league's Player of the Week after dishing out a match-high 31 assists and adding three service aces Saturday against Brown.

Polan, the team captain, added eight digs and three kills in the victory over the Bears. She continues to rank in the top 10 in the league in assists (4th) and service aces (2nd).

Polan also is climbing the all-time ranks at Yale. She needs four aces and 28 digs to crack the top 10 in school history in those categories and is already fourth all-time in assists. Polan, who has been named the Ivy League Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, has a chance to become the first volleyball player in league history to win three player of the year awards.

"Kendall is our rock and she has been really good this year leading the team," said Yale head coach Erin Appleman.

Yale has now had at least one honoree in seven of the eight weeks this season.

The Bulldogs (14-3, 8-0 Ivy) won their 22nd straight Ivy match on Saturday, sweeping Brown in three sets. That came on the heels of Harvard's five-set setback at Dartmouth on Friday night, giving the Bulldogs a three-match lead in the Ancient Eight standings.

The Bulldogs still own the third-longest active conference winning streak in the country (22) behind Morehead State, winners of 32 straight Ohio Valley Conference matches, and LIU Brooklyn, which has won 27 straight Northeast Conference matches.  Yale's 22-straight league wins are the most in Ivy League women's volleyball history. Since the double round-robin schedule format began in 2001, Penn won 20 straight League matches in 2002-03 and Princeton had won 19 consecutive Ivy matches during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 campaigns. Yale's last loss in Ivy play came on Nov. 12, 2011, a 3-2 setback at Dartmouth to close out the regular season. 

Yale's three out-of-conference losses this season have come at the hands of No. 2-ranked Penn State, No. 6 Stanford and No. 7 Missouri, which is one of two unbeatens left in the nation (25-0). The Bulldogs were ranked No. 44 in this week's release of the NCAA RPI with all three of the losses coming against Top 10 RPI squads (Penn State 2, Stanford 5, Missouri 6). 

Yale is back on the road this weekend, travelling to Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity