Two Quakers Earn All-Ivy Honors in Volleyball

PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League released its All-Ivy volleyball teams on Friday and two Quakers were among those honored. Sophomore Dani Shepherd made First Team All-Ivy after a season in which she led the league in digs and aces. Joining her from the Red and Blue is junior middle blocker Amanda Pacheco. Pacheco led the Quakers in kills and was ninth in the Ivies in hitting percentage on her way to being named Honorable Mention.

Shepherd's award marks the third consecutive season that Penn has had the Ivy League's top libero. Quarterbacking a defense that lost six seniors to graduation the year prior, Shepherd led the Quakers in digs on 21 of 24 occasions throughout the season and twice set a new Penn single-game record for digs, recording 41 on Sept. 10 versus Alabama and then breaking her own record with 45 against Harvard on Oct. 1. Averaging 6.16 digs per set, Shepherd wrapped up 2011 at third in the nation in the category, and finished second behind Madison Wojciechowski's 2009 season for most digs in one year.

Shepherd wasn't all about defense either. In a Sept. 10 match at Toledo, she served up seven aces on her way to an Ivy League-leading total of 32 on the season. She also both opened and closed conference play with four aces ina match, at Princeton (Sept. 23) andathome against Cornell (Nov. 12).With 54 assists on the year, she had the highest Quaker total among non-setters.

Amanda Pacheco joined Shepherd on the All-Ivy aftercompiling 249 kills on the season, a total that led the Quakers despite the fact she only led the team in that category in five matches all year. Hitting .289 while often rotating through three setters, it was that consistency that earned Pacheco Honorable Mention from a vote of the league's coaches.

Pacheco raised her game in Ivy League play, reaching double-figures in kills in 10 of 14 matches, including a career high 20 in a hard-fought, five setloss at Columbia on Oct. 8. She returned the favor to the Lions on the last weekend of the season, notching 14 kills with a .500 hitting percentage as Penn was victorious in five sets on Nov. 11. Pacheco also finished second on the team in blocks, tying a career high with eightwhen the Quakers visited Princeton on Sept. 23.

The complete list of the All-Ivy teams are below:

Kendall Polan, Yale (So., S, Cardiff, Calif.)

Mollie Rogers, Yale (Fr., OH, San Diego)*

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)*
Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Jr., OH, Encinitas, Calif.)*
Dani Shepherd , Penn (So., L, Los Angeles, Calif.)


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.)

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
^ Due to ties in voting, second-team All-Ivy was expanded from six