PHILADELPHIA - Following the program's second consecutive Ivy League title, senior setter Megan Tryon was honored as the Ivy League Player of the Year on Friday. She headlines five All-Ivy selections for the Quakers, including three on the first team.
In addition to her Player of the Year honor, Tryon was also named to the first team along with classmates Julia Swanson and Madison Wojciechowski. Sophomores Lauren Martin and Amanda Pacheco were each named to the second team. The five All-Ivy selections were tied with Yale for the most in the Ancient Eight.
Tryon is the program's eighth Player of the Year selection and the second straight after Elizabeth Semmens received the honor in 2009. The senior setter was key to the Quakers' success this season, as they went 16-10 overall and had a 12-2 mark in Ivy play. She also made sure the Red and Blue defended its 2009 Ivy title, sharing the League crown this fall along with Yale.
A true floor general, Tryon led the League with 10.62 assists per set (11.00 in Ivy matches), while also adding 2.52 digs per set, 70 kills and 22 blocks. She recorded eight double-doubles and surpassed the 50-assist mark four times. Those matches included a season-high 62 assist performance in a five-set thriller over Columbia and 52 assists in the Quakers' Ivy finale, a 3-2 win over Princeton that clinched the share of the League title. Tryon also became the program's all-time leader in assists last weekend and now has 3,704 in her career.
Swanson, the 2007 Rookie of the Year, and four-time All-Ivy selection bookends her Quaker career with her second first-team selection. The outside hitter led Penn with 3.40 kills per set while also contributing 3.28 digs and 0.48 blocks per set. In Ivy play, she was even better, averaging 3.56 kills, 3.65 digs and 0.63 blocks per set. She recorded 16 double-doubles during the regular season, including a 26-kill, 30-dig performance in a 3-2 win over Columbia on Nov. 5. The senior is also second on the program's all-time kill list with 1,228 and sixth all-time in digs (1,082). Swanson is also the third player to finish her career with at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Wojciechowski earned her second straight first-team selection after leading the Ancient Eight in digs throughout the year, averaging 5.68 per set (528), a number which also ranks in the top 10 nationally. With a 20-dig performance on Oct. 30 at Yale, Wojciechowski became the first Quaker to surpass the 2,000 career dig mark and with 2,103 career digs in matches played through Nov. 17, she will also graduate with the all-time Ivy League dig mark. She surpassed the 30-dig mark in four different matches this season, three coming in Ivy play, and recorded a season-high 36 digs in Penn's regular-season finale against Princeton. Wojciechowski has also recorded double-digit digs in each of her last 35 matches.
Martin receives her second All-Ivy selection, after earning a spot on the first team in 2009. The sophomore has been one of the Quakers top hitters, ranking second on the team and seventh in the Ivy League with 2.92 kills per set. She is hitting .219 for the year and also averaging .60 blocks per set. In Penn's title-clinching match against Princeton on Wednesday, she recorded a career-high seven blocks to go with 16 kills.
Pacheco came on strong in her second season with the Red and Blue, leading the team and the league in hitting, firing at a .347 clip. The sophomore middle is also third on the team with 2.61 kills per set and second in blocks with .77 per set. This season she has nine matches with at least ten kills and a hitting percentage over .400. Against Princeton on Wednesday, Pacheco matched a career high with 15 kills and also added seven total blocks.
Fresh off earning a share of the Ivy League title with Yale, the teams must now play each other for the right to represent the Ancient Eight in the NCAA Tournament. The match is set for Sunday in New Haven at 1 p.m.
Complete Ivy Honors
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Megan Tryon, Penn (Sr., S, Los Angeles)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Kendall Polan, Yale (Fr., S, Cardiff, Calif.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY (8)
Megan Gaughn, Columbia (So., OH, Winter Park, Fla.)*
Bridget Hearst, Yale (Jr., RS, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Kendall Polan, Yale (Fr., S, Cardiff, Calif.)
Cathryn Quinn, Princeton (Jr., MH, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (So., OH, Encinitas, Calif.)*
Julia Swanson, Penn (Sr., OH, Houston, Texas)
Megan Tryon, Penn (Sr., S, Los Angeles)
Madison Wojciechowski, Penn (Sr., L, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY (8)
Madeline Baird, Dartmouth (Jr., OH, Austin, Texas)
Sandra Fryhofer, Harvard (Jr., MH, Atlanta)
Kelly Hansen, Cornell (Jr., RS, San Diego)
Lauren Martin, Penn (So., RS, Bedford, Texas)
Kelly Ozurovich, Yale (Sr., L, Playa del Rey, Calif.)
Amanda Pacheco, Penn (So., MB, Long Beach, Calif.)
Monique Roberts, Columbia (Jr., MB, Cicerco, N.Y.)
Haley Wessels, Yale (So., MB, Dallas)
HONORABLE MENTION (6)
Hillary Ford, Princeton (Jr., L, Portola Valley, Calif.)
Anne Carroll Ingersoll, Harvard (Jr., RS, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Katherine Keller, Columbia (Fr., L, Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Erica Reetz, Yale (Fr., OH, Thiensville, Wis.)
Madeline Rumer, Columbia (Fr., MB, Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.)
Christine Wu, Harvard (Jr., L, Naperville, Ill.)