Two Members of Penn Volleyball Team Named All-Ivy

Princeton, N.J.- University of Pennsylvania junior volleyball student-athlete Michelle Kauffman (San Diego, Calif.) has been named a first-team All-Ivy honoree and is joined by teammate Cara Thomason (Los Angeles, Calif.) on the All-Ivy League team. This is the first All-Ivy honor of Kauffman’s career.

A biology major, she finished the 2004 season fourth in the League in hitting percentage (.288) and eighth in kills-per-game (3.59). Kauffman finished the season with 292 kills, eight service aces, 35 digs and 86 total blocks. She set a new career-high for kills with 23 at home versus Yale on Oct. 30 and total blocks with nine, this time at Harvard on Nov. 13. Kauffman is the fourth Quaker to be named first-team All-Ivy in the past five years.

Kauffman is joined on the team by Thomason, who earned her third consecutive honorable mention accolade. Thomason finished the season first in the League with 45 service aces (.47 per game), fifth in digs per game (4.71) and tenth in kills-per-game (3.11). She finished the season with 299 kills, first on the team, and 38 total blocks. During the season, Thomason set a new career-high and Penn record for the most digs in a match with 38 versus Princeton on Oct. 1.

The Quakers finished the season with a 15-11 overall record and a 7-7 record in the Ivy League.

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant