Volleyball Has Strong Presence on All-Ivy Teams

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Ivy League office announced the 2007 All-Ivy League volleyball teams Tuesday, and the University of Pennsylvania has a strong presence on the squad. Junior Kathryn Turner was a unanimous selection to the first team, while freshman Julia Swanson took home Rookie of the Year honors.

Junior middle blocker Kathryn Turner led the Quakers to a second-place finish - their best since winning it all in 2003 - on her way to first team accolades. The unanimous first-teamer led the League in blocks (1.28/g) and ranked third in hitting percentage (.320).

Turner was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for the week of October 9, when she powered the Quakers to a perfect weekend with sweeps of the defending champion Cornell and Columbia with 26 kills and just one error for a .625 hitting percentage. Later in the season, she had a career-high 20 kills in a victory over Harvard.

Quaker teammate Julia Swanson was voted the 2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. The freshman outside hitter ranked in the League's top ten in kills (3.55/g) and played a huge role in Penn's second place finish.

Twice, Swanson earned Rookie of the Week honors in the Ivy League. On September 18, she earned the distinction for her performance in the American Volleyball Tournament, where she registered 53 kills in the tournament to help the Quakers to a second place finish and a 3-1 record at the event. She also earned All-Tournament honors for her performance.On October 3, she was named co-Rookie of the Week for her play that helped Penn defeat Villanova for the first time in three years and take Princeton tofive grueling games before falling in both team's Ivy League opener.

Seniors Anna Shlimak and Linda Zhang were both named to the second team. Shlimak finished seventh in the Ivy League with31 service aces. Zhang, who set up 794 assists this season, became just the fourth Quaker ever to record 3,000 assists in her career.

"We are very pleased that the rest of the League has recognized the outstanding talent that we have," said head coach Kerry Carr of the announcement. "And the fact that Julia was honored as Rookie of the Year shows just what people think our program is capable of doing in the next several years."

"Kat was great for us all season," Carr continued. "She led in every way, and this just shows what she has done for us. I'm also so proud to be able to send two of our seniors, Anna and Linda, out like this."

Princeton's Parker Henritze earned Player of the Year honors in the League.

First Team
Alexis Crusey, Yale (So., OH, San Diego, Calif.)
*Lindsey Ensign, Princeton (Jr., MB, Newport Beach, Calif.)
*Parker Henritze, Princeton (Jr., OH, Atlanta, Ga.)
Katie Hirsch, Dartmouth (Sr., S, Austin, Texas)
Megan Mushovic, Cornell (So., L, Coronado, Calif.)
Bailey Robinson, Princeton (Jr., S, Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
*Kathryn Turner, Penn (Jr., MB, Los Angeles, Calif.)

Second Team
Emily Borman, Cornell (Jr., MB, Tracy, Calif.)
Sheena Donohue, Princeton (So., OH, Los Gatos, Calif.)
Ally Mendenhall, Yale (Jr., S, Lincoln, Neb.)
Kelly Ozurovich, Yale (Fr., L, Playa Del Rey, Calif.)
Anna Shlimak, Penn (Sr., OH, Houston, Texas)
Suzie Trimble, Harvard (Sr., MB, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Linda Zhang, Penn (Sr., S, Portage, Mich.)

Honorable Mention
Morgan Covington, Dartmouth (So., MB, Katy, Texas)
Natalie Gerling, Columbia (Sr., RS, Orange, Calif.)
Katie Lapinski, Brown (Sr., L, Niles, Ill.)
Jennifer McReynolds, Princeton (Sr., L, Del Mar, Calif.)
Natalie Meyers, Brown (Jr., S, Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Kali Nelson, Yale (Sr., OH, Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Julia Swanson, Penn (Fr., OH, Stratford, Texas)
Jess Thomas, Dartmouth (Jr., OH, Tampa, Fla.)

Player of the Year
*Parker Henritze, Princeton

Rookie of the Year
Julia Swanson, Penn

*Unanimous selection