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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 11

Photos courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. – Yale wrapped up its third-straight Ivy League title and fourth in five years last weekend when it rolled past Penn and Princeton on the road.

The Bulldogs ran their winning streak to 13-straight matches with a 3-1 win at Penn and a 3-0 sweep at Princeton, giving them a three-game lead with two games left in the conference slate. Yale, 16-5 overall, is a perfect 12-0 in league play and has not lost since September 15. This coming weekend, the Bulldogs will attempt to join the 2007 Princeton Tigers as the only team to go unbeaten since the Ancient Eight moved to a double-round robin slate in 2001. Yale hosts Harvard and Brown this weekend.

With the championship in hand, Yale clinched its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament, having appeared previously in 1978, 2008 and 2011. The Bulldogs and Hawai’i became the first two teams into the field of 64 by wrapping up automatic bids on Saturday night.

Sophomore outside hitter Mollie Rogers led the way for Yale with 16 kills against Penn and 15 against Princeton.

In other action around the league, Princeton and Penn both got splits over the weekend, each defeating Brown while losing to Yale, as did Cornell, Harvard and Columbia. Columbia senior outside hitter Megan Gaughn recorded her second match of 20-plus kills in as many weeks with 20 against Harvard on Friday night. Penn junior outside hitter Kristen Etterbeek also had 20 kills with just three errors in the Quakers’ win over Brown on Saturday. She finished the night with a season-high 22 points and also had 17 digs.

Columbia’s Colleen Brennan also had a big night against Harvard on Friday, recording 57 assists in four sets – the third highest in the Ivy this season overall and most in a four-set match. 

Ivy League in the NCAA Statistics
The Ivy League is among the NCAA Division I leaders in several individual and team statistical categories through matches of Nov. 4.

After recording 52 digs in just six sets last week, Penn junior libero Dani Shepherd continues to lead NCAA Division I in digs per set at 6.57. She is chasing the all-time, single-single mark of 6.87 set last season by Villanova's Kim Maroon. The Quakers are also still in the top spot in the same category at 21.68 per game. Yale sits right behind Penn in second at 19.96 digs per set. The Bulldogs are also in the top 10 in kills (2nd, 14.88) and assists (2nd, 13.88) per set.

Individually, Princeton senior outside hitter Lydia Rudnick is 30th in kills per set at 4.24 and 38th in points per set, averaging 4.77. Princeton sophomore setter Ginny Willis is 50th in assists per set at 10.73. Harvard sophomore middle blocker Caroline Walters is 38th in hitting percentage at .372. Cornell junior outsider hitter Kelly Marble is 40th in aces per set at 0.38, while the Cornell team has moved into the Top 20 at 1.55.

Click here for the complete NCAA statistics.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale sophomore outside hitter Mollie Rogers (San Diego) was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her outstanding play in the Bulldogs’ two wins that wrapped up their third consecutive Ivy title last weekend. Rogers had 16 kills in a four-set win over Penn and followed that up with 15 kills with a .316 hitting percentage as Yale swept Princeton to clinch the regular season crown. Both of her kill totals were match-highs. 

For the weekend, Rogers hit .264 with just seven errors versus 31 kills. She had 34.5 points in the two matches, averaging 4.9 per set.

She is the third different Bulldog to earn Player of the Week honors this season. 

Rogers' Weekly Stats
2 MP, 7 SP, 31 kills, 4.43 k/set, .316 hitting pct., 17 digs, 34.5 pts.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman middle blocker Caroline Holte (Laguna Beach, Calif.) earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after a solid weekend for the Crimson. Holte had 12 blocks in and hit .524 for the week with 11 kills without an error in 21 attacks. She had eight kills, five blocks and 10.5 points in a four-set loss to Columbia on Friday, hitting .615. She then had seven blocks (2.33 per set) in a three-set sweep of Cornell.

It is the second time this year Holte has won the award. 

Holte's Weekly Stats
2 MP, 7 SP, 11 kills, .524 hitting pct., 12 blks, 1.71 b/set, 17.0 pts. 

HONOR ROLL
Kendall Peterkin
, Princeton (Fr., RS - San Diego)
2 MP, 6 SP, 24 kills, 4.0 k/set, 13 digs, 24.5 pts.   

Caroline Walters, Harvard (So., MB – San Mateo, Calif.)
2 MP, 7 SP, .448 hitting pct., 15 kills, 2.14 k/set, 13 blks, 1.86 b/set, 25.5 pts

Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Sr., OH - Winter Park, Fla.)
2 MP, 7 SP, 35 kills, 5.0 k/set, 37.0 pts., 13 digs, 20 kills vs Harvard

Rachel D'Epagnier, Cornell (Jr., MB – Coopersburg, Pa.)
2 MP, 6 SP, 22 kills, 3.67 k/set, .488 hitting pct., 8 blks, 29.5 pts

Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB – Dallas)
2 MP, 7 SP, 21 kills, 3.00 k/set, .296 hitting pct., 10 blks, 27.0 pts

Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S - Palos Verdes, Calif.)
2 MP, 7 SP, 19 kills, 40 digs, 5.71 d/set, 38 ast., 5.43 a/set, hit .400 in win at Penn

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, November 9

*Harvard at Yale, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Brown, 7 pm
*Penn at Columbia, 7 pm
*Princeton at Cornell, 7 pm

Saturday, November 10
*Harvard at Brown, 5 pm
*Penn at Cornell, 5 pm
*Princeton at Columbia, 5 pm
*Dartmouth at Yale, 5 pm

*Ivy League Contests

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 4 - Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S)
September 11 - Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB)
September 18 - Atlanta Moye-McLaren, Columbia (Fr., OH)
September 25 - Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S)
October 2 - Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Sr., OH)
October 9 - Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L)
October 16 - Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH)
October 23 - Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Sr., OH), Susan Stuecheli, Penn (Jr., MB)
October 30 - Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L)
November 6 - Mollie Rogers, Yale (So., OH)
November 13 -

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 4 - Ronnie Bither, Penn (Fr., S)
September 11 - Ronnie Bither, Penn (Fr., S)
September 18 - Atlanta Moye-McLaren, Columbia (Fr., OH) & Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S)
September 25 - Alex Caldwell, Penn (Fr., RS)
October 2 - Alex Caldwell, Penn (Fr., RS)
October 9 - Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S)
October 16 - Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S)
October 23 - Caroline Holte, Harvard (Fr., MB)
October 30 - Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S) & Kendall Peterkin, Princeton (Fr., RS)
November 6 - Caroline Holte, Harvard (Fr., MB)
November 13 -

HONOR ROLLS

September 4 - Caitlin Brenton, Columbia (So., OH), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH),Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S), Nicole Kincade, Princeton (So. MB), Alexandra Rieckhoff, Brown (Jr., S), Elisa Scudder, Dartmouth (Jr., MB), Emma White, Penn (So., OH)

September 11 - Jesse Ebner, Yale (Fr., MB), Elisa Scudder, Dartmouth (Jr., MB), Kathleen Wallace, Harvard (Fr., OH - San Francisco, Calif.), Emma White, Penn (So., OH), Molly Winger, Columbia (So., DS/L - Windermere, Fla.), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS)

September 18 - Erin Cooney, Harvard (Jr., RS), Rachel D'Epagnier, Cornell (Jr., MB), Mollie Rogers, Yale (So., OH), Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Sr., OH), Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS)

September 25 - Heather Braunagel, Columbia (Sr., MB), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH), Amanda Nickel, Brown (Jr., OH), Jesse Ebner, Yale (Fr., MB), Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Sr., OH), Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS)

October 2 - Caitlin Brenton, Columbia (So., OH), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH), Jesse Ebner, Yale (Fr., MB), Kelly Marble, Cornell (Jr., OH), Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S), Susan Stuecheli, Penn (Jr., MB), Kathleeen Wallace, Harvard (Fr., OH)

October 9 -  Kathryn Conner, Brown (So., L), Erin Cooney, Harvard (Jr., RS), Maddie Lord, Brown (So., OH), Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB), Ginny Willis, Princeton (So., S), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., S)

October 16 -  Alex Caldwell, Penn (Fr., RS), Lauren Martin, Penn (Sr., RS), Maddie Rudnick, Yale (So., L), Bailey Springer, Columbia (Fr., OH), Tiana Woolridge, Princeton (So., MB),  Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., S)

October 23 - Kendall Peterkin, Princeton (Fr., RS), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS), Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH), Siera Young, Cornell (Jr., OH)

October 30 - Mollie Rogers, Yale (So., OH), Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB), Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Sr., OH)

November 6 - Kendall Peterkin, Princeton (Fr., RS), Caroline Walters, Harvard (So., MB), Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Sr., OH), Rachel D'Epagnier, Cornell (Jr., MB), Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB), Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S)

November 13 -

WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
Player of the Week
School Last Occurrence Player
Brown September 28, 2010
Kathryn Glickman
Columbia October 23, 2012* Megan Gaughn
Cornell November 8, 2011
Madeleine Przybyl
Dartmouth November 15, 2011* Annie Villanueva
Harvard October 16, 2012
Taylor Docter
Penn October 30, 2012
Dani Sheperd
Princeton October 2, 2012
Lydia Rudnick
Yale November 5, 2012
Mollie Rogers
     
Rookie of the Week
School
Last Occurrence Player
Brown September 6, 2011 Maddie Lord
Columbia September 18, 2012*
Atlanta Moye-McLauren
Cornell October 5, 2010 Rachel D'Epagnier
Dartmouth November 1, 2011* Alex Schoenberger
Harvard November 5, 2012 Caroline Holte
Penn October 2, 2012
Alex Caldwell
Princeton October 30, 2012*
Kendall Peterkin
Yale October 30, 2012*
Kelly Johnson

*Shared honor