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September 4, 2012

Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 2

Photos courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2012 Ivy League women's volleyball season got underway with five teams making a mark in the win column over the opening weekend.

Brown, Penn and Yale each opened the year with two victories in their first three matchess. All three closed tournament play with a win as Penn and Yale each bounced back from an opening loss with two-straight wins.

Princeton got a win its first match at the Hofstra Invitational before falling in its other two contests. Columbia bounced back from two losses in the Courtyard by Marriott/UCF Classic to sweep Jacksonville in its final match of the weekend.

Several Ivies earned all-tournament team honors to start the season:

Brown - Alexandra Rieckhoff and Kathryn Conner at the CCSU Invitational
Columbia - Caitlin Brenton at the Courtyard by Marriott/UCF Classic
Cornell - Rachel D'Epagnier at the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic
Dartmouth - Elisa Scudder at the UConn Toyota Classic
Harvard - Taylor Docter at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational
Penn - Ronnie Bither and Emma White at the Big 5 Tournament
Princeton - Kendall Peterkin at the Hofstra Invitational
Yale - Kendall Polan and Kelly Johnson at the Yale Classic

The Ancient Eight embarks on another active two-day stretch on the courts this upcoming weekend with all eight teams playing a combined 23 matches in various tournaments.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale junior setter Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.) notched a triple-double in the season opener against national power Texas A&M and earned a spot on the Yale Classic All-Tournament team as the Bulldogs went 2-1 to start the 2012 season.

Polan, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, opened the season with 17 kills, 18 assists, 15 digs and hit .350 in a 3-1 loss to Texas A&M. The next day, she notched 26 assists, 10 digs and six kills while hitting .417 against Stony Brook. Down 26-25 in the third, Polan used a nifty backset to set up Kelly Johnson who tied the match with a kill.

Later in the day, she just missed a triple-double with 24 assists, nine kills and eight digs with a hitting percentage of .643. Polan assisted on Johnson's kill to tie the third set at 18 before Yale scored seven of the final 11 points.  

This marks Polan's third Player of the Week honors as she won the award twice as a sophomore (Sept 6. and Oct. 4, 2011). She won five Rookie of the Week honors in 2010 en route to being voted Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Polan's Weekly Stats
.424 hitting pct., 3.2 K/S, 6.8 A/S, 3.3 D/S, 2 BA

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman setter Ronnie Bither (San Jose, Calif.) was named to the Big 5 All-Tournament Team after her amazing all-around performance last weekend helped Penn to a 2-1 mark, including a 3-0 win over Villanova.

Bither stepped into the setter's role and handed out 113 assists, dishing them out at a rate more than 10 per set. No slouch on the defensive side of things, she recorded double-digit digs in every match and helped out at net as well, stepping up into the front row and recording eight block assists.

Penn has won the last two Rookie of the Week honors as Bither follows Emma White, who shared the final award of the 2011 season with Yale's Mollie Rogers.

Bither's Weekly Stats
.167 hitting pct., 10.27 A/S, 3.7 D/S, 8 BA

HONOR ROLL
Caitlin Brenton, Columbia (So., OH - San Jose, Calif.)
.302 hitting pct., 5.40 K/S, 4 BA

Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH - Los Altos, Calif.)
.144 hitting pct., 2.82 K/S, 1.73 D/S, 5 BA

Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S - Palos Verdes, Calif.)
.154 hitting pct., 2.90 K/S, 5.00 A/S, 2.30 D/S, 1 BS, 4 BA

Nicole Kincade, Princeton (So. MB - Franklin Lakes, N.J.)
.419 hitting pct., 2.75 K/S, 4 SA, 2 BS, 16 BA

Alexandra Rieckhoff, Brown (Jr., S - Laguna Beach, Calif.)
.500 hitting pct., 8.00 A/S, 1.6 D/S, 7 BA

Elisa Scudder, Dartmouth (Jr., MB - Ashburn, Va.)
.267 hitting pct., 1.67 K/S, 7 BA

Emma White, Penn (So., OH - Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
.161 hitting pct., 2.17 K/S, 3.75 D/S, 2 BA

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, September 7
1-Cornell at Fordham, 11:30 am
2-Columbia at Delaware, Noon
3-Princeton vs. Montreal, 1 pm
4-Dartmouth vs. Fairfield, 4:30 pm
1-Cornell vs. Bucknell, 4:30 pm
2-Columbia vs. Xavier, 5 pm
5-Brown vs. Northwestern, 5 pm
5-Villanova at Yale, 7 pm
3-Princeton vs. Colgate, 7 pm
6-Manhattan at Harvard, 7 pm
7-Penn at California, 10 pm

Saturday, September 8
1-Cornell vs. Stony Brook, 9 am
2-Princeton vs. Siena, 10 am
4-Dartmouth at Sacred Heart, Noon
6-Providence at Harvard, 1 pm
1-Cornell vs. NJIT, 2 pm
4-Dartmouth vs. Central Florida, 3 pm
6-Northern Arizona vs. Penn, 4 pm
2-Columbia vs. Texas A&M, 4:30 pm
5-Brown vs. Villanova, 5 pm
6-Northern Kentucky at Harvard, 7 pm
5-Northwestern at Yale, 7 pm
7-Penn vs. UC Riverside, 8 pm

KEY:
1-Rose Hill Classic, Bronx, N.Y.
2-Delaware Invitational, Newark, Del.
3-Colgate Invitational, Hamilton, N.Y.
4-SHU Hampton Inn Shelton Invitational, Fairfield, Conn.
5-Yale Invitational, New Haven, Conn.
6-Harvard Invitational, Cambridge, Mass.
7-Molten Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn, Berkeley, Calif.


WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
Player of the Week
School Last Occurrence Player
Brown September 28, 2010
Kathryn Glickman
Columbia September 21, 2010 Megan Gaughn
Cornell November 8, 2011
Madeleine Przybyl
Dartmouth November 15, 2011* Annie Villanueva
Harvard September 25, 2008 Suzie Trimble
Penn November 18, 2010 Julia Swanson
Princeton November 15, 2011*
Lydia Rudnick
Yale September 4, 2012
Kendall Polan
     
Rookie of the Week
School
Last Occurrence Player
Brown September 6, 2011 Maddie Lord
Columbia October 11, 2011
Caitlin Brenton
Cornell October 5, 2010 Rachel D'Epagnier
Dartmouth November 1, 2011* Alex Schoenberger
Harvard October 12, 2010 Teresa Skelly
Penn September 4, 2012
Ronnie Bither
Princeton November 1, 2011*
Ginny Willis
Yale November 15, 2011*
Mollie Rogers


*Shared honor