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Four Tiger Volleyball Standouts Earn All-Ivy League Recognition

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/15/2012
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Princeton's All-Ivy honorees: Tiana Woolridge, Lydia Rudnick, Kendall Peterkin and Ginny Willis
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Lydia Rudnick and Kendall Peterkin both earned First-Team All-Ivy League recognition Thursday, while teammates Tiana Woolridge and Ginny Willis were also both honored by the Ivy League coaches.

Rudnick was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League honoree, marking her third straight year with such an honor. Rudnick led the Ivy League in both kills (370) and points (415), and she finished second on the team with 2.6 digs per set.

"Lydia has been a constant offensive force during her entire standout career," head coach Sabrina King said. "One of the best pin hitters to ever grace Princeton Volleyball, this honor is well-deserved and she will be drastically missed next season."

Peterkin was one of two freshmen named to the All-Ivy first team. She finished second in the Ivy League in both kills (3.16) and points (3.69), and she saved some of her best performances for league matches. She had a career-high 27 kills in a 3-2 win at Harvard, and she had 19 kills and 13 digs in a 3-1 home win over Columbia.

"Kendall has become an integral part of our offense in her rookie year," King said. "Her potential is boundless, and I hope the best is yet to come."

Sophomore Tiana Woolridge made one of the biggest leaps in the league this season, and she was recognized as a member of the All-Ivy second team. After the departure of 2011 first-team All-Ivy honoree Cathryn Quinn, Woolridge took advantage of the opening and averaged 1.9 kills and 1.0 blocks per set. She hit .331 for the season, sixth-best in the league, and that total went to .350 in Ivy League matches.

"I'm so proud of Tiana for having a breakout season, and I am happy that the league coaches recognize her as a formidable hitter and blocker," King said. "She helped balance the attack this season and has grown so much as a player the last two seasons."

Willis earned her second All-Ivy honor in as many seasons, earning Honorable Mention after leading the Ivy League with 10.6 assists per set this season. She helped Princeton to a .222 attack percentage, second-best in the Ivy League, and she was third on the team with 2.6 digs per set.

"Ginny continues to pace the offense and quarterback the team," King said. "She stepped up her leadership role this year, which will serve her very well for the next two seasons."

"Three of the four honorees are underclassmen, signaling the wonderful building blocks we have on this team," King said. "Although losing Lydia will be a challenge, it will give opportunities for the younger players to step into more assertive roles on the team."

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S/H - Cardiff, Calif.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L - Los Angeles)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S/H - Palos Verdes, Calif.)

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
Heather Braunagel, Columbia (Sr., MB - Trumbull, Conn.)
Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Sr., OH - Winter Park, Fla.)*
Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH - Sr., OH, Los Altos, Calif.)
Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L - Los Angeles)
Kendall Peterkin, Princeton (Fr., RS/MB - San Diego)
Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Sr., OH - Encinitas, Calif.)*
Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S/H - Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S/H - Cardiff, Calif.)*
Mollie Rogers, Yale (So, OH - San Diego)

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Caitlin Brenton, Columbia (So., OH - San Jose, Calif.)
Rachel D’Epagnier, Cornell (Jr., MB - Coopersburg, Pa.)
Caroline Walters, Harvard (So., MB - San Mateo, Calif.)
Emma White, Penn (So., OH - Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Tiana Woolridge, Princeton (So., MB - Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Maddie Rudnick, Yale (So., L - Encinitas, Calif.)
Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB - Dallas)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Kathryn Conner, Brown (So., DS/L - Newport Beach, Calif.)
Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS/OH - Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Lauren Martin, Penn (Sr., RS - Bedford, Texas)
Susan Stuecheli, Penn (Jr., MB - Troy, Mich.)
Ginny Willis, Princeton (So., S - Tampa, Fla.)

* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in the voting, first-team All-Ivy was expanded from seven

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