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Two Ivies Earn AVCA All-Region Distinction

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

AVCA Release [.pdf]

Portions Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Penn junior setter Megan Tryon and Yale senior middle blocker Cat Dailey have been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as Honorable Mention honorees on the All-Northeast Region Team.

Tryon, a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection, helped the Quakers capture the Ivy League championship and win the program's first-ever NCAA tournament match when Penn defeated Army in the First Round last week.

The setter's spectacular season saw her rank in the top ten in the country in assists per set. Tryon averaged 11.96 assists per set, good for sixth in the nation, and her 12.44 mark in Ivy play was more than an assist higher than the second place finisher. She also added nine double-doubles on the season, while pacing the League-leading Quaker offense all year long..

Dailey, who has now earned AVCA Honorable Mention distinction for the second straight year, led the Ivy League this season with 4.04 kills per set. "Cat is a phenomenal volleyball player", said Yale Head Coach Erin Appleman. "It's great to see her recognized by the AVCA among such an accomplished group of student-athletes".

Dailey, the unanimous 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year, was one of three unanimous selections to the All-Ivy First Team in 2009 after guiding the Bulldogs to a program-best 21-4 record. She was the only player in the Ancient Eight to rank in the top 10 in kills, hitting percentage and digs, swinging at a .266 clip with 3.55 digs and a league-best 4.04 kills per set. The Newport Beach, Calif. native also led the league in aces with 0.37 per frame.

A history major at Yale, Dailey earned 2009 Academic All-Ivy and ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team honors in addition to her athletic achievements.