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Year-End Banquet Honors Team, Individual Accomplishments

2018 Ivy League champs.
2018 Ivy League champs.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale Volleyball program celebrated its ninth Ivy League title in the last 15 years and its many achievements at its annual end-of-the-year team awards banquet last weekend.

The Bulldogs in 2018 earned the program's seventh NCAA tournament appearance, finished with a 19-win season, a 13-1 league mark and a perfect home record.  In addition, Yale swept the league awards and five Bulldogs received All-Ivy honors.

Individually, senior team captain Kate Swanson (Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year), junior Frances Arnautou (Ivy League Player of the Year) and first-year Ellis DeJardin (Ivy League Rookie of the Year) earned student-athlete awards.  Head coach Erin Appleman was named Ivy League Coach of the Year.

Senior Kelley Wirth, along with Swanson and Arnautou earned league first-team honors, while first-year Samantha Bray was named to the second team. 

Team Awards

Co-Team MVPs - Frances Arnautou and Kelley Wirth

In addition to the league awards, Wirth led the team in kills per set (3.09), while Arnautou led in assists per set (10.75), service aces (22) and averaged 2.72 digs per set. 

Coaches' Award - Chiara Spain

As a sophomore, Spain saw increased playing time, finished with 90 kills, 242 attacks and 53 total blocks.  

Players' Award - Gray Malias

As a senior, Malias took on an increased defensive and serving roles -- and excelled.  She finished with career-highs in digs (155) and service aces (21).  

Senior Class

Kate Aitkenhead, Shreya Dixit, Malias, Swanson and Wirth -- the team's five seniors -- won two Ivy League titles and went a dominating 45-13 against conference teams.  In addition, they finished with 69 wins over four years, including a 37-5 overall record at home, and a 25-4 mark against Ivy League teams in New Haven.

Yale Volleyball 2018 Accomplishments

Team Accomplishments 

  • Ivy League Champion (10th in program history, 9th in last 15 years)
  • Earned 7th NCAA Tournament appearance
  • 19-5 overall record
  • 13-1 Ivy League record
  • 10-0 at Home
  • Won Battle of Connecticut Tournament
  • Won 11 in a row to close out regular season
  • Swept Ivy League Individual Awards
  • Coach Appleman named Ivy League Coach of the Year 

National Rankings (all matches)

  • Ranked 12th in Opponent's Hitting Percentage (.159)
  • Ranked 20th in W-L Percentage (.792)
  • Ranked 41st in Blocks Per Set (2.51)
  • Ranked 43rd in Attacks Per Set (37.60)
  • Ranked 44th in Kills Per Set (13.67)
  • Ranked 48th in Per Set (1.49)

Led Ivy League (in conference play):

  • Blocks Per Set (2.87)
  • Service Aces (1.46)
  • Digs (16.57)
  • Opponent's Hitting Percentage (.147)

Individual Honors 

Kate Swanson

  • AVCA Div. I All-East Region; Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year; All-Ivy First Team; 2018 Fall Academic All-Ivy; UCF All-Tournament Team ; Ivy League Honor Roll (9/17, 9/24, 10/15, 11/5); Led Ivy League in Digs Per Set (5.04).

Kelley Wirth

  • All-Ivy First Team; 2018 Fall Academic All-Ivy; Ivy League Player of the Week (11/12); UCF All-Tournament Team; Ivy League Honor Roll (9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/22, 10/29).

Frances Arnautou

  • AVCA Div. I All-East Region; Ivy League Player of the Year; All-Ivy First Team; Ivy League Player of the Week (11/5); Battle of CT All-Tournament Team; Ivy League Honor Roll (9/3, 10/8, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12).

Ellis DeJardin

  • Ivy League Rookie of the Year; All-Ivy First Team; Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/12, 11/5, 10/15, 9/24, 9/3); Battle of CT All-Tournament Team; Ivy League Honor Roll (10/8, 10/22).

Samantha Bray

  • All-Ivy Second Team; Ivy League Rookie of the Week (10/29, 10/22); Ivy League Honor Roll (9/10, 10/1).

Tristin Kott

  • Battle of CT All-Tournament Team; URI All-Tournament Team; Ivy League Honor Roll (9/3).

Kathryn Attar

  • URI All-Tournament Team and MVP; Ivy League Honor Roll (9/10).

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity