PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2010 Ivy regular-season concluded with a thrilling five-set match between Penn and Princeton at Dillon Gym Wednesday. Down two sets to one with a share of the Ivy title on the line, the Quakers rallied to win the final two sets, claiming their second straight Ivy title.
Penn shares the 2010 honor with Yale, which secured at least a share of the crown last Saturday by closing out their League play with 10 consecutive victories.
While Penn and Yale are crowned Co-Ivy League Champions for 2010, only one team cam claim stake to the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. With that in mind, the teams will face off for the third time this season Sunday at 1 p.m. in New Haven, Conn.
During regular-season Ivy play, the teams split a pair of match-ups, each winning on their home court.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Julia Swanson (Houston, Texas) recorded double-double performances in each of Penn’s final three regular-season matches to earn her second consecutive Player of the Week honor.
The outside hitter kept her final collegiate season alive for a bit longer by leading the Quakers to wins over Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton. The trio of victories gave Penn its second straight Ivy title, sharing the honor with Yale, and forces a playoff match between the two teams on Sunday for the League’s NCAA automatic bid.
On Friday, Nov. 12, Swanson tallied 13 kills and 10 digs in a 3-0 sweep of the Crimson. One day later she recorded 19 kills and 15 digs in a four-set win at Dartmouth. She then capped off the regular-season with 18 kills, 15 digs and three block assists in a come-from-behind, five-set thriller at Princeton.
For the week, Swanson averaged 4.17 kills and 3.17 digs, along with nine total blocks. She has also totaled 16 double-double performances on the year.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.) earns her fifth Rookie of the Week honors after leading Yale to a share of the Ivy crown, capped by a 10-match win streak down the stretch.
The Bulldogs swept both Columbia and Cornell in straight sets last week, closing out their Ivy season at 12-2. Polan combined for a team-best 55 assists and 41 digs, as well as added 13 kills in wins over Columbia and Cornell. The rookie setter just missed a triple-double with 27 assists, 18 digs, nine kills and a block assist in a 3-0 win over Cornell last Saturday. One day earlier, the Yale freshman posted a match-best 23 digs and 28 assists, as well as four kills and a block assist in a sweep of Columbia in New York.
For the week, Polan averaged 9.17 assists, 2.17 kills and 6.83 digs per set. She enters the week ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 9.20 assists per set and her 41 digs last weekend helped Yale maintain the top spot in the nation in digs per set with 19.40
Megan Gaughn, Columbia, SO, OH (Winter Park, Fla.)
3.00 kps, .162%, 3.17 dps, 1 SA, 1 BS, 5 BA - Team: 1-1
Anne Carroll Ingersoll, Harvard, JR, MB/OH (Racho Santa Fe, Calif.)
3.25 kps, .232%, 1.62 dps, 1 SA, 1 BS, 8 BA - Team: 1-1
Kelsey Johnson, Dartmouth, SR, RS, (Carlsbad, Calif.)
3.50 kps, 117%, 3.62 dps, 2 BA, 2 SA - Team: 1-1
Katrina Post, Brown, SO, OH (Pasadena, Calif.)
3.50 kps, .220%, 2 SA, 2.83 dps, 2 BA - Team: 1-1
Alexandra Rieckhoff, Brown, FR, S (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
10.83 aps, 2.50 dps, 3 SA, 1 BS - Team: 1-1
Lydia Rudnick, Princeton, SO., OH (Encinitas, Calif.)
3.93 kps, .159%, 2.71 dps, 1 SA, 4 BS, 4 BA - Team: 0-3
Sunday, Nov. 21
*Penn at Yale, 1 pm (playoff match)
Sunday, Nov. 28
NCAA Selection Show, ESNPNEWS, 3 pm
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 2-5
NCAA First & Second Rounds (sites TBA)
*Ivy League Contest