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Rudnick, Quinn Repeat First-Team All-Ivy Honors; Four Tigers Recognized
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 11/17/2011

After finishing second in the Ivy League with an 11-3 mark, including the first Ivy win over league champion Yale, the Princeton women's volleyball team earned four 2011 All-Ivy League honors. Included in that quartet are Cathryn Quinn and Lydia Rudnick, who returned to familiar spots on the first team.

Both players were first-team All-Ivy selections in 2010, and each earned the distinction in unanimous fashion this year. Joining them on the postseason team is freshman Ginny Willis, who earned second-team All-Ivy honors at the setter position, and senior Hillary Ford, who earned All-Ivy honorable mention as libero.

Quinn ended her Princeton career as a four-year starter at the middle blocker position, and she completed her best season of the four this year. She ranked second in the Ivy League in points (4.28), third in kills (3.48), sixth in service aces (0.28) and eighth in hitting percentage (.290). The vocal leader of the Tigers, she made her final set a memorable one at Princeton. Tied at 2 with sole possession of second place on the line against Columbia, she recorded five kills in nine swings, added two blocks and didn't have an error to lead the Tigers to a dominant performance.

Rudnick led the Ivy League in both points (4.37) and kills (3.85) for the second straight year, and she earned unanimous first-team honors for the second straight year. After overcoming early injuries, she got rolling during the Ivy season and showed her talent in the 3-1 victory over Yale, when she recorded 25 kills, 14 digs and hit .434 in the win. She had double-digit kills in 10 of Princeton's last 11 matches, including 27 in the home win over Columbia.

Willis trailed only Player of the Year Kendall Polan (Yale) in assists per set; she averaged 10.3 in her freshman season as the starting setter. She had more than 900 assists this season, and she averaged 59 per match in home wins over Columbia and Yale. She averaged nearly two digs per set and helped Princeton record an Ivy-high 1334 kills this season.

Ford has been a quietly consistent player for Princeton since she assumed the starting libero position as a freshman. She ranked third in the league with 5.24 digs per set and was one of the league's most consistent passers. She had a season-best 34 digs in a 3-2 home win over Harvard.

Princeton ended the season 18-8 overall, 11-3 in the Ivy League, and will return five starters next season, including Rudnick, Willis and former Ivy League Rookie of the Week Nicole Kincade, who had one of her best matches in the season finale against Columbia.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kendall Polan, Yale (So., S, Cardiff, Calif.)
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Mollie Rogers, Yale (Fr., OH, San Diego, Calif.)*

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Madeline Baird, Dartmouth (Sr., OH, Austin, Texas)
Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Jr., OH, Winter Park, Fla.)
Kendall Polan, Yale (So., S, Cardiff, Calif.)*
Cathryn Quinn, Princeton (Sr., MB, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)*
Mollie Rogers, Yale (Fr., OH, San Diego, Calif.)*
Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Jr., OH, Encinitas, Calif.)*
Dani Shepherd, Penn (So., L, Los Angeles)
 
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Heather Braunagel, Columbia (Jr., MB, Trumbull, Conn.)
Taylor Docter, Harvard (Jr., OH, Los Altos, Calif.)
Allie Frappier, Yale (Fr., OH, San Mateo, Calif.)
Madeleine Przybyl, Cornell (Sr., MB, Christchurch, Va.)
Erica Reetz, Yale (So., OH, Thiensville, Wis.)
Anne Villanueva, Dartmouth (Sr., MB, Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Ginny Willis, Princeton (Fr., S, Tampa, Fla.)
Christine Wu, Harvard (Sr., L, Naperville, Ill.)
 
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Taylor Cramm, Yale (Sr., MB, Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Savannah Fletcher, Columbia (So., MB, Freeland, Wash.)
Hilary Ford, Princeton (Sr., DS, Portola Valley, Calif.)
Annika Gliottone, Brown (Sr., L, Warwick, R.I.)
Amanda Pacheco, Penn (Jr., MB, Long Beach, Calif.)
Alissa Santa-Maria, Dartmouth (Jr., S, Yorba Linda, Calif.)

* - Unanimous Selection

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