NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Junior middle blocker Izzy Simqu has been named the next captain of the defending Ivy League champion Yale women's volleyball team.
Simqu capped the 2018 season in the NCAA Tournament with 13 kills and 423 hitting percentage against Syracuse earlier this month. The Westlake Village, Calif., native has 154 kills and 90 blocks through her first three seasons in New Haven with a career .316 hitting percentage at Yale.
"Izzy brings a wonderful upbeat approach to the program and the team is in good hands with her leadership," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.
As a sophomore, Simqu ranked 11th in the conference in kills per set and led the team in total blocks with 49 and averaged 1.47 blocks per set. Simqu came to Yale after playing at La Reina High School.
"It's truly an honor to represent them because they've made such an impact in my life and have brought me so much happiness in my time here at Yale." Simqu said. "It's not always easy, but having a group of women who are extremely talented, hardworking, smart and funny, is something extremely special. Having a program that includes such a supportive coaching staff, athletic administration and fellow athlete group, is also something that I've been so fortunate to have at Yale."
The Bulldogs last month won their ninth Ivy League title in the last 15 seasons with a 13-1 conference mark and earned the program's seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
"My goal for next season is to lead the team into another successful season with the help of my amazing senior class as well as the rest of the girls," Simqu said. "Our goal is to always get better with every practice, every rep and looking to win another Ivy Championship. I think one of the best aspects of the culture in YVB is that we have leadership in every class, in every teammate. It's not just one girl, it takes the whole team, striving for the same goal and I have so much faith in this group being to be able to accomplish what we set out to do."
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity