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December 10, 2012

Three Ivies Earn AVCA All-Northeast Region Honors

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Yale's Kendall Polan has earned All-Northeast Region honors, while the Bulldogs' Kelly Johnson and Penn's Dani Shepherd earned honorable mention from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Polan and Johnson combined for over 1,000 assists for the Bulldogs, who ranked 11th in the nation as a team in assists per set.  The duo led Yale to the fourth-highest kill per set average in the nation.

Polan, the reigning two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, led the Bulldogs in assists (624) and ranked third in kills (186). She earned first-team All-Ivy status while ranking fifth in assists and ninth in digs (313). Polan produced seven triple-doubles (kills, assists and digs) during the season.

Johnson, this season's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was the only player in the Ivy League to finish in the top 10 in kills and hitting percentage in conference matches. She logged 3.06 kills per set in Ivy play while hitting .324 against League foes. Johnson earned first-team All-Ivy status and finished second on the team in assists (439), kills (237) and total points (270.5).

Shepherd was the first-ever recipient of the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year award this season. She was also named the first-team All-Ivy libero for a second consecutive season. She set a single-season program record with 617 digs this season, surpassing the previous record of 607 set by Madison Wojciechowski in 2009. Shepherd ended her junior season ranked third all-time in Penn history with 1,350 digs, and needs fewer than 200 to reach second place, currently held by Cara Thomason. She leads the nation in digs per set this season at 6.56. She had an individual match school record 46-dig effort at Delaware (one of two matches with 40 or more) and was a big reason why Penn led not only the Ivy League, but all of NCAA Division I in digs per set with an average of 21.53.