January 21, 2009

Julia Mailander Selected As Captain for 2009 Season

Jan. 21, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale Volleyball Head Coach Erin Appleman has announced that junior Julia Mailander will serve as captain for the upcoming 2009 season, as voted on by the team earlier this week. The Reno, Nev. native appeared in 82 sets for the Ivy League Champion Bulldogs in 2008.

"My teammates are such an impressive group, both as players and people," said Mailander. "It's a great honor to be selected as captain by this accomplished group of student-athletes. I look forward to building upon the success we shared last season."

A 5'11 outside hitter, Mailander averaged 0.88 kills and 1.56 digs per set in 2008, and also racked up 31 assists, seven service aces and 12 blocks. In her three-year career at Yale, she has averaged 1.90 kills and 2.00 digs in 185 sets.

"As a three-year veteran, Julia knows what it takes to be successful in the Ivy League," said Appleman of her newly-elected captain. "Senior leadership will be important to this team next season, and I am confident that Julia will set a great example on and off the court."

The Bulldogs return two first team All-Ivy players, three-time first team selection Alexis Crusey and unanimous 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year Cat Dailey, for the 2009 season. Yale will graduate first team All-Ivy setter and captain Ally Mendenhall, as well as three other seniors, from the 2008 Ivy League Championship team that finished 21-6 and advanced to the NCAA Championship Second Round. The 2009 schedule features 12 non-conference matches, including contests against nationally-prominent teams American, Colorado, Georgetown and UCLA, prior to the Ivy League opener against Brown on Oct. 2.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity