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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 6

Yale's Kendall Polan and Princeton's Nicole Kincade
Yale's Kendall Polan and Princeton's Nicole Kincade

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Coming off a Saturday where all four Ivy League women's volleyball matches were decided in five sets, the second full weekend of the conference slate sets up to be another action-packed weekend on the courts.

Yale (9-4, 3-0 Ivy) and Princeton (10-5, 3-0) look to create some separation at the top of the tandings in some key contests -- at home for the Bulldogs against Dartmouth (9-5, 1-2) and Harvard (8-5, 1-2) and on the road for the Tigers at Columbia (8-5, 2-1) and Cornell (3-11, 0-3).

Columbia (8-5, 2-1) hopes to stay close to the League leaders but has the tough task of hosting Princeton and and defending co-champion Penn (5-8, 1-2) on back-to-back days. Brown (5-9, 1-2) is the other Ivy team at home this weekend, hosting Harvard and Dartmouth and hoping to break up four-team logjam for fourth place.

Yale sophomore setter Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.) continued her stellar Ivy League play following last season’s conference rookie of the year honor, dishing out match-highs in assists during two conference wins last weekend against Cornell and Columbia.

Against Cornell, Polan had six kills, hit .462, posted 14 digs and tallied three block assists and an ace. The next day against Columbia, Polan also contributed 18 digs, two aces and a block assist. In the deciding fifth set, Polan assisted on the most important points of the match for Yale. First, Polan set up sophomore outside hitter Erica Reetz for back-to-back points to tie the final set at 8. With the set tied at 10, Polan lined up three straight kills to give the Bulldogs a commanding three-point lead.

Polan ranks first in the League, overall in assists per set. In only her second season, she recently moved into eighth place all-time in assists at Yale.

Princeton freshman middle blocker Nicole Kincade (Franklin Hills, N.J.) had her best weekend with 23 kills and 13 assisted blocks for a total of 29.5 points in Princeton's Ivy sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth.

Kincade converted nine kills and assisted on six blocks, adding three assists, in the Tigers' five-set over the Crimson to start the weekend. In the 3-2 win over the Big Green, she recorded career highs in both kills (14) and blocks (7).

Natalie Doyle, Harvard, Sophomore, Setter (San Francisco, Calif.)
9.5 A/S, 3.3 D/S, 1 SA, 2 BA - Team: 1-1

Annika Gilottone, Brown, Senior, Setter (Warwick, R.I.)
10.2 A/S, 4.0 D/S, 2 BA - Team: 1-1

Madeleine Przybyl, Cornell, Senior, Middle Blocker (Christchurch, Va.)
.351 hitting pct., 3.50 K/S, 1.50 D/S, 0.62 B/S - Team: 0-2

Cathryn Quinn, Princeton, Senior, Middle Blocker (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
.363 hitting pct., 3.5 K/S, 3 ASST, 8 BA - Team: 2-0

Dani Shepherd, Penn, Sophomore, Libero (Los Angeles, Calif.)
8.25 D/S, 7 ASST, 2 SA - Team: 1-1

Emma White, Penn, Freshman, Outside Hitter (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
.260 hitting pct., 3.38 K/S, 4.13 D/S, 1 BA - Team: 1-1


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

Saturday, October 8

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

* Ivy League Contests


September 6 - Kendall Polan, Yale, Sophomore, Setter
September 13 - Madeline Baird, Dartmouth, Senior, Outside Hitter
September 20 - Annie Villanueva, Dartmouth, Senior, Middle Blocker
September 27 - Cathryn Quinn, Princeton, Senior, Middle Blocker
October 4 - Kendall Polan, Yale, Sophomore, Setter
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15

September 6 - Maddie Lord, Brown, Freshman, Outside Hitter
September 13 - Mollie Rogers, Yale, Freshman, Outside Hitter
September 20 - Mollie Rogers, Yale, Freshman, Outside Hitter
September 27 - Ginny Willis, Princeton, Freshman, Setter
October 4 - Nicole Kincade, Princeton, Freshman, Middle Blocker
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15

September 6 - Janel Forte, Cornell (So., OH), Lauren Martin, Penn (Jr., RS), Cathryn Quinn, Princeton (Sr., MB), Monique Roberts, Columbia (Sr., MB), Mollie Rogers, Yale (Fr., OH) and Annie Villanueva, Dartmouth (Sr., MB)

September 13 - Kathryn Conner, Brown (Fr., DS/L), Hilary Ford, Princeton (Sr., L), Sarah Hanna, Princeton (Fr., OH), Lauren Martin, Penn (Jr., RS), Teresa Skelly, Harvard (So., MB), Meagan Tatum, Cornell (Sr., RS)

September 20 - McHaney Carter, Yale (So., MB), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Jr., OH), Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Jr., OH), Maddie Lord, Brown (Fr., OH), Lauren Martin, Penn (Jr., RS), Jordan Reeder, Cornell (Sr., S)

September 27 - Madeline Baird, Dartmouth (Sr., OH), Heather Braunagel, Columbia (So., MB), Kristen Casey, Harvard (Fr., OH), Allie Frappier, Yale (Fr., OH), Lauren Martin, Penn (Jr., RS), Madeleine Przybyl, Cornell (Sr., MB)   

October 4 - Natalie Doyle, Harvard (So., S), Annika Gilottone, Brown (Sr., S), Madeleine Przybyl, Cornell (Sr., MB), Cathryn Quinn, Princeton (Sr., MB), Dani Shepherd, Penn (So., L), Emma White, Penn (Fr., OH)

October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15


Player of the Week
School Last Occurence Player
Brown September 28, 2010 Kathryn Glickman
Columbia September 21, 2010 Megan Gaughn
Cornell October 21, 2009 Jordan Reed
Dartmouth September 20, 2011 Annie Villanueva
Harvard September 25, 2008 Suzie Trimble
Penn November 18, 2010 Julia Swanson
Princeton September 27, 2011
Cathryn Quinn
Yale October 4, 2011
Kendall Polan
Rookie of the Week
Last Occurence Player
Brown September 6, 2011 Maddie Lord
Columbia September 29, 2009 Megan Gaughn
Cornell October 5, 2010 Rachel D'Epagnier
Dartmouth November 10, 2009* Alissa Santa Maria
Harvard October 12, 2010 Teresa Skelly
Penn November 17, 2009 Lauren Martin
Princeton October 4, 2011
Nicole Kincade
Yale September 20, 2011
Mollie Rogers

*Shared honor


In the NCAA statistics through the Oct. 2 matches, the Ivy League is represented in the top 50 in the following categories:

Digs Per Set
4. Dani Shepherd, Penn (So., L) - 6.28
15. Hilary Ford, Princeton (Sr., DS) - 5.34
16. Christine Wu, Harvard (Sr., L/DS) - 5.30
37. Annika Gliottone, Brown (Sr., DS/L) - 5.06

Blocks Per Set

31. Columbia - 2.55

Digs Per Set
9. Yale - 18.00
11. Dartmouth - 17.79
20. Harvard - 17.36
23. Penn - 17.25
42. Columbia - 16.63