Five Quakers Receive Volleyball All-Ivy Honors

Complete Ivy League Release

PHILADELPHIA -- The Ivy League announced its 2013 All-Ivy volleyball teams today and the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team tied for the most overall selections (five) with its three senior captains and two sophomores receiving honors. Senior libero Dani Shepherd was named the league’s second-ever Defensive Player of the Year, after capturing the first-ever title last year; senior outside hitter Kristen Etterbeek, sophomore setter Alex Caldwell, and sophomore outside hitter Alexis Genske were honored as second-team All-Ivy; senior middle blocker Susan Stuecheli was named All-Ivy honorable-mention for the second year in a row.

Despite missing seven matches in the 2013 campaign due to injury, the two-time Ivy Defensive Player of the Year earned first-team All-Ivy libero, a spot that Penn has held since 2009. She is just the fourth Quaker to earn first-team All-Ivy honors three years in a row and first since Elisabeth Kwak-Herreran (2001-03). This season, Shepherd led the team with 26 service aces and totaled 20 or more digs in 13 of her 18 matches. She finished 11th on the national rankings in Division I digs per set (5.52) and first in the Ivy-League. Over her four years playing for the Red and Blue, Shepherd totaled 1,764 digs, putting her in second behind her predecessor Madison Wojciechowski on Penn’s all-time record book in career digs.

Named second-team All-Ivy for the first time is Etterbeek after leading the Quakers this season in kills at 2.62 per set. Her 275 kills mark a career high in a single-season. In the 105 sets played, she totaled 16 kills in a match on four separate occasions and hit a her most this season with 17 kills against Dartmouth. The outside hitter also totaled another single-season career-high of 12 double-doubles, with Etterbeek finishing third on the team in digs with 281 (2.68). Etterbeek is one of the seven Quakers this season to have double-digit service aces (13).

Joining Etterbeek as second-team All-Ivy first timers areCaldwell and Genske.

Caldwell finished the season with triple digits in kills, assists, and digs (185-643-203) and recorded three triple-doubles this year against Delaware, Temple, and Cornell. She finished second on the team in service aces with 20 and produced a single-match high with five service aces against Cornell. Caldwell also eclipsed two other single-match highs – assists (39 against Dartmouth) and digs (20 against Cornell) – and matched her four block assists against Dartmouth, Delaware, and Harvard.

The third second-team All-Ivy honoree, Genske, received her first Ivy League Player of the Week honor for her performance in the road wins over Dartmouth and Harvard. As the only Quaker to receive the award this year, Genske finished both matches with a double-double (13 kills, 12 digs at Dartmouth and 20 kills, 12 digs at Harvard). Her 20 kills were a personal best in a match as well as the most by a Penn player in a match this season. Genske closed out the season with 153 kills, fourth highest on the team. Earlier in the season, Genske took on the role as libero and finished second on the team in digs with 299 (3.08).

Rounding out the All-Ivy honors is Stuecheli, who was named as an honorable mention for the second year in a row. After also missing time due to injury, Stuecheli finished the season with 116 kills and led the team in total blocks (63) and solo blocks (16). She matched her single-match high block solos at 4 against Dartmouth and came up one kill shy from matching her single-match high kills in the sweep over Brown. As the lone attacker with double-digit kills that evening, Stuecheli put up 18.5 points from 15 kills, one BS, and five BA.

A total of 10 players were selected to each of the first and second- teams due to ties, making the lists the largest All-Ivy first and second-teams in league history.

2013 Women's Volleyball All-Ivy

Player of the Year: Kendall Polan, Yale (Sr., S/H - Cardiff, Calif.) *

Defensive Player of the Year: Dani Shepherd, Penn (Sr., L - Los Angeles)

Rookie of the Year: Corinne Bain, Harvard (Fr., S/H - Manhattan Beach, Calif.)*

First Team ^

Kelly Johnson, Yale (So., S/H - Palos Verdes, Calif.)*

Mollie Rogers, Yale (Jr., OH - San Diego)

Cara Mattaliano, Princeton (Fr., OH - Glen Ellyn, Ill.)

Thea Derrough, Brown (Sr., OH - La Jolla, Calif.)

Kathleen Wallace, Harvard (So., OH - San Francisco)

Grace Weghorst, Harvard (Fr., OH - Austin, Texas)

Elisa Scudder, Dartmouth (Sr., MB - Ashburn, Va.)

Corrine Bain, Harvard (Fr., S/H - Manhattan Beach, Calif.)*

Kendall Polan, Yale (Sr., S - Cardiff, Calif.) *

Dani Shepherd, Penn (Sr., L - Los Angeles)

Second Team ^

Breanna Wong, Cornell (So., OH - Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

Kristen Etterbeek, Penn (Sr., OH - Holland, Mich.)

Bailey Springer, Columbia (So., OH - Ft. Worth, Texas)

Maddie Lord, Brown (Jr., OH - La Jolla, Calif.)

Alexis Genske, Penn (So., OH – Altenda, Calif.)

Brittani Steinberg, Yale (Fr., OH - Glenview, Ill.)

Rachel D’Epagnier, Cornell (Sr., MB - Coopersburg, Pa.)

Caroline Walters, Harvard (Jr., MB - San Mateo, Calif.)

Alex Caldwell, Penn (Sr., S - San Jose, Calif.)

Maddie Rudnick, Yale (Jr., L – Encinitas, Calif.)

Honorable Mention

Paige Caridi, Dartmouth (So., OH – Austin, Texas)

Susan Stuecheli, Penn (Sr., MB - Troy, Mich.)

Tiana Woolridge, Princeton (Jr., MB - Sherman Oaks, Mich.)

Natasha Rowland, Cornell (So., L - Palm Harbor, Fla.)

*unanimous selections

^ there are 10 selections on both the first and second teams due to multiple ties in the balloting