NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- For the second straight week, the Bulldogs swept Ivy League volleyball awards. Kelley Wirth was named conference player of the week, while Ellis DeJardin won rookie honors for the fifth time this season, the league office announced on Monday.
Wirth averaged 4.83 kills over two Yale victories against Cornell and Columbia as the Bulldogs clinched the program's 10th Ivy League title and punched a ticket to the NCAA Tournaement. She had a match-high 17 kills against the Big Red and finished the regular season ranked sixth in kills per set in the Ivy League with a 3.31 average.
"Kelley was incredible these past few weekends and I'm so thrilled for her to be recognized for her efforts," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said. "She has been an unstoppable force at the net and her leadership has been clutch down the stretch."
DeJardin averaged 4.00 kills and 4.00 digs per set last weekend. In Ivy League matches only, she ranks seventh in kills per set (3.17), 12th in hitting percentage (.239) and 18th in digs per set (2.52). DeJardin also won the award last week.
"Ellis once again has proven what an impressive volleyball player she is," Appleman added. "This last weekend there was a lot of pressure on the team and she played with confidence and poise. We are lucky to have her for a few more years."
This marked the second straight week the Bulldogs swept the conference awards. Last week, Frances Arnautou and DeJardin won the awards. Arnautou this week earned a spot on the league's honor roll.
After capturing the conference championship for the ninth time in the last 15 years, the Bulldogs now await their opponent for the NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced on Sunday, November 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity