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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 9

Yale's Bridget Hearst (left) and Kendall Polan (right)
Yale's Bridget Hearst (left) and Kendall Polan (right)

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Penn (10-9, 6-1) pushed its season-best win streak to six and Yale (12-7, 6-2) also collected a pair of wins as the lone two teams to go 2-0 last week. Previously undeafeated in Ivy play, Princeton (11-7, 6-1) dropped a five-set thriller to Columbia (12-6, 4-4), falling back into a tie for first with the Quakers.

Now at the midway point, or one match beyond for six teams, the eight Ivy squads begin facing off for the second time this week. League leaders Princeton and Penn travel to Yale and Brown (7-13, 1-7) while Harvard (6-14, 3-5) and Dartmouth (12-7, 3-5) head to Cornell (4-14, 2-6) and Columbia.

Key match-ups among the League's current leaders include Princeton at Yale on Friday and Penn vs. Yale on Saturday. The results of those matches could create separation atop the standings, or allow for a new League leader.

Bridget Hearst (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) earns Yale's first Player of the Week honor of 2010 after leading her team to a 2-0 record last week. The Bulldogs earned wins at Harvard and Dartmouth, moving to 12-7 overall and 6-2 in Ivy play, good for third place in the League standings behind Princeton and Penn, who are tied for first.

Hearst was instrumental in both wins, collecting 15 kills, four digs and four block assists in the Bulldogs' 3-1 win over the Crimson. The junior hit a solid .257 for the match. One night later, Hearst hit .410 with a match-best 21 kills, leading Yale to rally from a 2-1 deficit and top Dartmouth, 3-2. She added one solo block and three block assists in the win.

For the week, Hearst averged 4.00 kills and 0.89 blocks per set. She also ranks among the Ivy League's top 10 in several offensive categories, including kills per set (4th, 3.42), points per game (4th, 3.85) and hitting percentage (9th, 2.77).

Yale's freshman setter Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.) earns her third Rookie of the Week honor after guiding the Bulldog offense to win at Harvard and Dartmouth.

The rookie had 76 assists, 27 digs, 16 kills, hit .325, five block assists and four service aces in the Bulldogs' two wins, helping Yale keep pace with the League leaders. In Saturday's five-set win against the Big Green, Polan just missed a triple-double with seven kills, 19 digs and a match-best 47 assists. The previous night at Harvard, Polan had seven kills, hit .583 for the match, set up a team-best 37 assists and added six digs.

For the week, Polan averaged 8.44 assists, 1.78 kills and 3.00 digs per set. She leads her team in assists per set (9.45), which is good for third in the Ivy League., and is key to the Bulldogs' leading all Ivy squads in hitting percentage (.238), assists (13.56) and kills (14.38).

Madeline Baird, Darmouth, JR, OH (Austin, Texas)
4.56 kps, .228%, 3.89 dps, 1 BS, 2 BA - Team: 0-2

Sandra Fryhofer, Harvard, JR, MB (Altanta, Ga.)
2.75 kps, .409%, 1.12 dps, 1 SA, 1 BS, 3 BA - Team: 1-1

Megan Gaughn, Columbia, SO, OH (Winter Park, Fla.)
4.11 kps, .147%, 3.11 dps, 7 SA, 1 BS, 3 BA - Team: 1-1

Lauren Martin, Penn, SO, RS (Bedford, Texas)
4.43 kps, .458%, 1 BA - Team: 2-0

Cathryn Quinn, Princeton, JR, MB (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
2.88 kps, .268%, 12 BA - Team: 1-1

Alexandra Rieckhoff, Brown, FR, S (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
10.38 aps, 2.25 dps, 2 SA, 1 BA - Team: 1-1

Friday, Oct. 29
*Princeton at Yale, 7 pm
*Penn at Brown, 7 pm
*Harvard at Cornell, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 7 pm

Saturday, Oct. 30
*Princeton at Brown, 4 pm
*Harvard at Columbia, 5 pm
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 5 pm
*Penn at Yale, 6 pm

*Ivy League Contest