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Women's Volleyball All-Ivy, Postseason Awards Announced

Women's Volleyball All-Ivy, Postseason Awards Announced

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton's Cara Mattaliano and Maggie O'Connell and Columbia's Cassie Wes and Chichi Ikwuazom received the Ivy League women's volleyball postseason awards following a vote of the Ancient Eight coaches.

Princeton's Sabrina King was unanimously selected as the Ivy League Coach of the Year, while Tiger senior outside hitter Cara Mattaliano was unanimously named the Offensive Player of the Year. Columbia senior libero Cassie Wes was also a unanimous selection as the Defensive Player of the Year. Princeton freshman right-side hitter Maggie O'Connell and Columbia freshman middle blocker Chichi Ikwuazom were tabbed as Co-Rookies of the Year.

Mattaliano paced the Ivy League with 308 kills on the season, for a League-leading average of 3.76 kills per set. The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native also ranks third in the League and 36th in the nation with .41 aces per set. Her 3.48 digs per set average is seventh in the Ancient Eight—the highest by a non-defensive specialist—while her 285 dig tally ranks ninth in the League. This is Mattaliano's second-straight Player of the Year nod, after earning the award as a junior in 2015. She is the seventh all-time two-time Player of the Year—and the sixth to win the award in back-to-back seasons. With her First-Team All-Ivy nod, Mattaliano becomes the 32nd three-time First-Team All-Ivy honoree.

Wes anchored the Lion defense with a League-leading 468 digs and 5.51 digs per set—.62 digs per set more than her nearest competitor in the Ancient Eight. The Atherton, Calif., native also ranks fourth in the NCAA in digs per set. This is Wes' second-straight Defensive Player of the Year nod, joining Penn's Dani Shepherd as the only two-time selections for the honor. Since the award was instituted in 2012, Wes is the first-ever unanimous Defensive Player of the Year selection.

O'Connell ranks second in the League with a .396 hitting percentage, fourth with 3.08 kills per set and seventh with 246 kills. The Katy, Texas, native also ranks 19th in the NCAA in hitting percentage. O'Connell is Princeton's sixth Rookie of the Year selection, and first since Parker Henritze in 2005.

Ikwuazom leads the League with a .427 hitting percentage and 1.37 blocks per set. The New York, N.Y., native also ranks seventh nationally in hitting percentage and 28th in blocks per set. Ikwuazom is Columbia's first-ever Rookie of the Year honoree—and just its third "of the Year" award winner, joining two-time Defensive Player of the Year Wes.

King, who led Princeton to its 16th all-time Ivy League title and its second-straight, earns her second-straight Coach of the Year nod. Since the award was instituted in 2014, King is the first-ever unanimous selection, after leading Princeton to a 13-1 mark in League play that included a 10-0 start and a run of 26-straight sets won. Following their first outright Ivy League title since 2007, the Tigers will return to the NCAA Tournament for their sixth all-time appearance and will be searching for their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.

League champion Princeton led the way with three First Team All-Ivy honorees. Joining unanimous selection Mattaliano and O'Connell is senior middle blocker Brittany Ptak (Coto de Caza, Calif.). Ptak ranked third in the League, behind Ikwuazom and O'Connell, with a .339 hitting percentage, while tallying 2.74 kills per set.

Columbia joined Princeton with multiple First Team All-Ivy honorees in Wes and Ikwuazom.

Runner-up Yale is represented on the First Team by unanimous selection senior outside hitter Brittani Steinberg (Glenview, Ill.). Steinberg paces the Ancient Eight with .43 aces per set and 36 aces, while ranking 25th in the NCAA in aces per set. The senior also ranks second in the League, behind Mattaliano, with 3.17 kills per set and third with 263 kills.

Harvard senior setter and outside hitter Corinne Bain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) grabbed the final First Team All-Ivy slot to become the ninth four-time First Team All-Ivy honoree and the first-ever for the Crimson. The senior contributed across all categories for Harvard, tallying 6.44 assists per set, 2.59 digs per set, 2.17 kills per set, .85 blocks per set and .31 aces per set, which all rank among the top 25 in the League. Bain paces the Ivy League—and the nation—with eight triple-doubles on the year.

Brown and Cornell are represented by Second Team All-Ivy selections—Bears senior middle blocker Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.) and Big Red senior setter Alyssa Phelps (Bucyrus, Kan.). 

Senior outside and right-side hitter Emily Astarita (Setauket, N.Y.) is a Honorable Mention All-Ivy honoree for Dartmouth, while junior setter Sydney Morton (Atlanta, Ga.) and sophomore outside hitter Courtney Quinn (The Woodlands, Texas) represent Penn.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Cara Mattaliano, Princeton (Sr., OH - Glen Ellyn, Ill.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Cassie Wes, Columbia (Sr., L – Atherton, Calif.)

CO-ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Maggie O'Connell, Princeton (Fr., RS – Katy, Texas)

CO-ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Chichi Ikwuazom, Columbia (Fr., MB – New York, N.Y.)

COACH OF THE YEAR
*Sabrina King, Princeton

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
*Cara Mattaliano, Princeton (Sr., OH – Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Maggie O'Connell, Princeton (Fr., RS – Katy, Texas)
*Brittani Steinberg, Yale (Sr., OH – Glenview, Ill.)
Chichi Ikwuazom, Columbia (Fr., MB – New York, N.Y.)
Brittany Ptak, Princeton (Sr., MB – Coto de Caza, Calif.)
Corinne Bain, Harvard (Sr., S/OH – Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Cassie Wes, Columbia (Sr., L – Atherton, Calif.)

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Anja Malesevic, Columbia (Jr., RS – Belgrade, Serbia)
Grace Roberts Burbank, Harvard (Fr., OH – San Francisco, Calif.)
Devon Peterkin, Princeton (Fr., OH – San Diego, Calif.)
Tristin Kott, Yale (Fr., OH – Winter Park, Fla.)
Payton Smith, Brown (Sr., MB – Atherton, Calif.)
Christina Cornelius, Harvard (So., MB – Los Angeles, Calif.)
Alyssa Phelps, Cornell (Sr., S – Bucyrus, Kan.)
Jessie Harris, Princeton (Fr., S – Newport Beach, Calif.)
Kate Swanson, Yale (So., L – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Carla Sganderlla, Cornell (So., OH – Houston, Texas)
Kit McCarty, Cornell (Jr., RS – Hudson Ohio)
Emily Astarita, Dartmouth (Sr., OH/RS – Setauket, N.Y.)
Courtney Quinn, Penn (So., OH – The Woodlands, Texas)
Kelley Wirth, Yale (So., OH – Moraga, Calif.)
Macey Wilson, Cornell (Sr., MB – Round Rock, Texas)
Sydney Morton, Penn (Jr., S – Atlanta, Ga.)
Melissa Cairo, Brown (Jr., L – Hillsborough, Calif.)

* Unanimous Selection
^ Second Team Expanded Due To Tie In Voting