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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 12

Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Yale completed a perfect 2012 Ivy League women's volleyball slate with a pair of three-set sweeps over Harvard and Dartmouth over the weekend. 

The Bulldogs became the second team to record a 14-0 League mark in Ancient Eight history, joining Princeton's 2007 squad. The League moved to a double-round robin slate in 2001. Prior to that, there had been six teams go unbeaten during the single-round robin era (1987-2000).

Yale's five-game margin in the standings is the largest ever for an Ivy volleyball champion, bettering the four-game lead Princeton finished with in 2007. The Bulldogs won 42 of 48 sets during the League campaign. 

With the weekend sweep, the Bulldogs ran their winning streak to 15-straight matches. Yale, 18-5 overall, has not lost since Sept. 15. In the last five seasons, Yale is now 62-9 against Ivy schools (including a one-match playoff against Penn in 2010). 

Columbia jumped up into a tie for second in the standings by sweeping Penn and Princeton by identical 3-1 scores. Megan Gaughn recorded back-to-back matches with 20-plus kills on the weekend. She had 24 against Penn and 20 against Princeton to give her 20 or more in four of her final six matches. Her 24 kills against Penn with the most in a four-set match by an Ivy Leaguer this season. The Lions' all-time leader in kills, Gaughn finished with 1,284 kills. 

Cornell also swept Penn and Princeton thanks in large part to the duo of Breanna Wong and Rachel D'Epagnier. It was Cornell's first weekend sweep in Ivy action in four years.  D'Epagnier hit .471 with 17 kills and just one error in Friday's win over Princeton. Wong added 16 kills in the victory. Saturday, Wong had 18 kills and just three errors, hitting .405, as the Big Red downed Princeton. D'Epagnier was near flawless, hitting .591 with 13 kills and no errors in 22 attacks. 

Brown gained a split on the weekend, downing Dartmouth, 3-0, but dropping a 3-1 decision to Harvard. The Crimson also split for the weekend with their win over Brown, but losing to Yale. 

Harvard's Docter Earns Academic All-District
Harvard senior Taylor Docter has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District® Women's Volleyball First Team for District 1, as voted on by the College of Sports Information Directors of America. 

Docter has left her mark on the Crimson record books this season. The Los Altos, Calif., ranks in Harvard's all-time top-10 for kills, attack attempts, aces, and kills per set.

She is a human developmental and regenerative biology major with a 3.58 GPA. In 2011, she was named to the All-Ivy League second team and Academic All-Ivy. 

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. 11.

Penn junior libero Dani Shepherd continues to lead NCAA Division I in digs per set at 6.56. The Quakers are also still in the top spot in the same category at 21.53 per game. Yale sits right behind Penn in second at 19.72 digs per set. The Bulldogs are also in the top 10 in kills (2nd, 14.90) and assists (2nd, 13.90) per set. Cornell has moved up into 19th in aces per game at 1.56.

Individually, Princeton senior outside hitter Lydia Rudnick is 33rd in kills per set at 4.25 and 37th in points per set, averaging 4.77. Harvard sophomore middle blocker Caroline Walters is 40th in hitting percentage at .371. 

Click here for the complete NCAA statistics.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell junior middle blocker Rachel D'Epagnier (Coopersburg, Pa.) led the Big Red to a big weekend sweep over Princeton and Penn. 

It was Cornell's first win over Princeton in six years and their first weekend sweep in League play since November 2008. 

D'Epagnier had just one error in 56 attacks, logging 30 kills for a .518 hitting percentage on the weekend. She also added in 11 blocks. She had 17 kills in the win over Princeton to account for a good portion of her 21.5 points. She followed that up with 13 kills, six blocks and 17 points in an error-less performance against Penn. 

She is the first Cornell player to win Player of the Week this season and is the first Big Red player to win the honor since Madeleine Przybyl won Nov. 8, 2011.   

D'Epagnier's Weekly Stats
2 MP, 7 SP, 30 kills, 3.75 k/set, .518 hitting pct., 11 blks, 38.5 pts., 4.5 pts/set

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman setter Kelly Johnson (Palos Verdes, Calif.) won her fifth Rookie of the Week honor as she helped the Bulldogs to a weekend sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth, thus completing a perfect Ivy League campaign. 

Johnson hit .520 for the weekend with 14 kills and 28 assists in six sets of action. She had just one error in 25 attacks and also added 12 digs and four blocks. 

Johnson's Weekly Stats
2 MP, 6 SP, 14 kills, 2.33 k/set, .520 hitting pct., 28 ast, 4.67 a/set, 16.0 pts.

HONOR ROLL
Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Sr., OH - Winter Park, Fla.)
2 MP, 8 SP, 44 kills, 5.50 k/set, .274 hitting pct., 26 digs, 50.0 pts., 6.2 pts/set

Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S - Cardiff, Calif.)
2 MP, 6 SP, 19 kills, 3.17 k/set, .517 hitting pct., 7 aces vs. Dartmouth, 48 ast., 26.0 pts., 4.3 pts/set

Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB – Dallas)
2 MP, 6 SP, 22 kills, 3.67 k/set, .425 hitting pct., 5 blks, 26.5 pts., 4.4 pts/set

Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS - Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
2 MP, 8 SP, 34 kills, 4.25 k/set, .324 hitting pct., 35 pts., 4.4 pts/set

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Sunday, November 25
NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Selection Show, 4 pm [ESPNU]

Thursday-Saturday, November 29-December 1
NCAA First/Second Rounds

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 - Rachel D'Epagnier, Cornell (Jr., MB)

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 -Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S)

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 - Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Sr., OH), Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S), Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS)

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 13, 2012
Rachel D'Epagnier
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 November 13, 2012
Kelly Johnson

*Shared honor