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Women's Volleyball All-Ivy -- 2010

Penn's Megan Tryon (above) is the 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year. Yale's Kendall Polan (left) is the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Penn's Megan Tryon (above) is the 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year. Yale's Kendall Polan (left) is the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- More often than not, it is said that the most important position on a basketball or football team is the point guard and the quarterback. The volleyball equivalent of that court or field general would be the setter. So it is no surprise that, following a vote of the eight head coaches, the 2010 Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year are both setters. And each from one of the Ancient Eight's co-champion squads.

In her final season marshalling the Penn Quaker offense, Megan Tryon (Los Angeles) has earned her first Player of the Year honor. The eighth all-time Player of the Year honor for Penn, and the second straight following Elizabeth Semmens in 2009, Tryon was key to the Quakers' success this season, as they went 16-10 overall record and a 12-2 mark in Ivy play. Penn defended it's 2009 Ivy title, sharing the League crown this fall along with Yale.

A true floor general, Tryon led the League with 10.62 assists per set (11.00 in Ivy matches), while also added 2.52 digs per set, 70 kills and 22 blocks. She recorded eight double-doubles and surpassed the 50-assist mark four times. Those matches included a season-high 62 assist performance in a five-set thriller over Columbia and 52 assists in the Quakers' Ivy finale, a 3-2 win over Princeton that clinched the share of the League title.

Along with her Player of the Year honor, Tryon was named to the All-Ivy first team for the second consecutive year.

While the senior setter Tryon closes out her Ivy career as the Player of the Year, Yale's Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.) begins her collegiate run as the League's Rookie of the Year, as well as an All-Ivy first team selection. This is the seventh all-time Rookie of the Year for a Yale player and the first since Alexis Crusey in 2006.

The unanimous selection for the 2010 rookie honor, Polan was one of the most versatile players in the League, contributing 9.20 assists, 3.44 digs, 1.78 kills and 29 blocks for the season and helping Yale to an 18-7 overall record (12-2 Ivy) and a share of the Ivy title.

She recorded a triple double on Sept. 25 in a 3-2 loss to Albany, tallying 17 kills, 34 assists and 10 digs. She also recorded a pair of kills and assists double-doubles and 13 assists and digs double-double-doubles. For her efforts throughout the season, Tryon was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week five of 11 possible times.

Beyond her individual statistical accomplishments, the freshman led a Yale squad that ranked No. 1 in the League in hitting percentage (.241), opponent hitting percentage (.157), assists (13.72), kills (14.55) and digs (19.40) per set. The Bulldogs' 19.40 digs per set also ranks No. 1 nationally.

Penn led the eight-member All-Ivy first team with three selections, Yale and Princeton each earned two first-teamers, while the final member hails from Columbia.

Joining Tryon from the Quaker squad are fellow seniors Madison Wojciechowski (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Julia Swanson (Houston, Texas).

Wojciechowski, a first team selection in 2009 and a second team pick in 2008, has been the League's leader in digs throughout the year, collecting 528 to-date for a 5.68 per set average, which also ranks in the top 10 nationally. With a 20-dig performance on Oct. 30 at Yale, Wojciechowski became the first Quaker to surpass the 2,000 career dig mark and with 2,103 career digs in matches played through Nov. 17, she will also graduate with the all-time Ivy League dig mark. She surpassed the 30-dig mark in four different matches this season, three coming in Ivy play, and recorded a season-high 36 digs in Penn's regular-season finale against Princeton.

Swanson, the 2007 Rookie of the Year, bookends her Quaker career with her second first-team selection (she also earned first team honors in 2008 and was a second team selection in 2009). The outside hitter led Penn with 3.40 kills per set while also contributing 3.28 digs and 0.48 blocks per set. In Ivy play, she was even better, averaging 3.56 kills, 3.65 digs and 0.63 blocks per set. She recorded 16 double-doubles during the regular season, including a 26-kill, 30-dig performance in a 3-2 win over Columbia on Nov. 5.

Polan was joined on the All-Ivy first team by one of her top targets, junior Bridget Hearst (Pacific Palisades, Calif.). The right-side hitter averaged 3.51 kills and 0.57 blocks per set on the season and 3.42 kills and 0.57 blocks per set in 14 Ivy matches. In 25 matches this season, Hearst reached double-digit kills 19 times, including a season-high 21 on two occasions.

Princeton's Lydia Rudnick (Encinitas, Calif.) was one of two unanimous selections to the 2010 All-Ivy first team. The sophomore outside hitter was a force to reckon with all season, averaging a stellar 4.31 kills per set overall and 4.52 kps in Ivy play. She reached double-digit kills in all but four matches, had 11 double-doubles and surpassed the 20-kill mark eight times.

Rudnick notched the League's top two single-match kill marks for the 2010 season, pounding out 32 on Oct. 15 against Harvard and recorded a career-high 34, along with 25 digs, on Oct. 22 against Columbia.

Fellow Tiger Cathryn Quinn (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) was also named to the first team in 2010. The junior middle hitter was second only to Rudnick in the Princeton lineup with 2.84 kps. She boosted that average in Ivy play, tallying 3.24 kps, while also leading the Tigers at the net with 0.90 bps overall and 0.95 in League matches. Quinn collected six blocks six times and a season-high eight once -- in a five-set loss to Harvard on Nov. 13.

Rounding out the All-Ivy first team is unanimous selection Megan Gaughn (Winter Park, Fla.) of Columbia. A second team selection in 2009, the sophomore outside hitter led the Lions to one of their best seasons in program history, including a tie for the program's best Ivy finish (8-6). She was second among all Ivies with 3.67 kps, while also adding 3.23 dps and 37 total blocks. In 14 Ivy matches, Gaughn tallied 3.86 kps and 3.55 dps. She reached double-digit kills in 19 matches, had 15 double-doubles and surpassed the 20-kill mark three times.

Penn and Yale each have two players on the All-Ivy second team, while Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard each have one second team member. For the Quakers, sophomore right-side hitter Lauren Martin (Bedford, Texas), who was the 2009 Rookie of the Year and a 2009 first team pick, and sophomore middle blocker Amanda Pacheco (Long Beach, Calif.) have earned selection in 2010.

The Bulldogs' senior libero Kelly Ozurovich (Playa del Rey, Calif.) and sophomore middle blocker Haley Wessels (Dallas) earn second team honors, along with Columbia's junior middle blocker Monique Roberts (Ciceroc, N.Y.), Cornell junior right-side hitter Kelly Hansen (San Diego), Dartmouth junior outside hitter Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) and Harvard junior middle hitter Sandra Fryhofer (Atlanta).

Player of the Year
Megan Tryon, Penn (Sr., S, Los Angeles)

Rookie of the Year
Kendall Polan, Yale (Fr., S, Cardiff, Calif.)

First Team All-Ivy (8)
*Megan Gaughn, Columbia (So., OH, Winter Park, Fla.)
Bridget Hearst, Yale (Jr., RS, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Kendall Polan, Yale (Fr., S, Cardiff, Calif.)
Cathryn Quinn, Princeton (Jr., MH, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
*Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (So., OH, Encinitas, Calif.)
Julia Swanson, Penn (Sr., OH, Houston, Texas)
Megan Tryon, Penn (Sr., S, Los Angeles)
Madison Wojciechowski, Penn (Sr., L, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)

Second Team All-Ivy (8)
Madeline Baird, Dartmouth (Jr., OH, Austin, Texas)
Sandra Fryhofer, Harvard (Jr., MH, Atlanta)
Kelly Hansen, Cornell (Jr., RS, San Diego)
Lauren Martin, Penn (So., RS, Bedford, Texas)
Kelly Ozurovich, Yale (Sr., L, Playa del Rey, Calif.)
Amanda Pacheco, Penn (So., MB, Long Beach, Calif.)
Monique Roberts, Columbia (Jr., MB, Cicerco, N.Y.)
Haley Wessels, Yale (So., MB, Dallas)

Honorable Mention (6)
Hillary Ford, Princeton (Jr., L, Portola Valley, Calif.)
Anne Carroll Ingersoll, Harvard (Jr., RS, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Katherine Keller, Columbia (Fr., L, Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Erica Reetz, Yale (Fr., OH, Thiensville, Wis.)
Madeline Rumer, Columbia (Fr., MB, Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.)
Christine Wu, Harvard (Jr., L, Naperville, Ill.)

*unanimous selection