Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - Senior Elizabeth Semmens was named the 2009 Ivy League Player of the Year and freshman Lauren Martin was named 2009 Ivy League Rookie of the Year as announced the conference Tuesday morning.
Semmens and Martin were also two of the Quakers' conference record four first-team All-Ivy selections. Junior setter Megan Tryon was also named to the first team, as was classmate Madison Wojciechowski. Junior Julia Swanson was named to the second team, while senior Ashley Hawkins received honorable mention. The four first-team selections are a school record, while the six All-Ivy selections match the school record set in 1987.
Semmens earned Player of the Year honors after putting forth a career season in 2009. She was also one of three unanimous selections to the All-Ivy first team. Semmens is the first Quaker since Elizabeth Kwak-Hefferan in 2003 to earn Player of the Year honors. She the led the team with 388 kills, good for the second highest single season total in school history and added 209 (4.02) in Ivy Play. The senior was second on the team in digs and had seven matches on the season with 20 or more kills and also recorded a team-high 18 double-doubles.
Martin was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy after leading the team in hitting percentage and finishing second in kills. The freshman hit .333 in the Ancient Eight, good for second in the conference. Her 3.98 kills per set play were fifth as she was the only player to rank in the top five in both kills and hitting percentage. Martin had four matches with 20 or more kills. She is the first freshman to be named All-Ivy first team since Yale's Alexis Crusey in 2007 and the first Quaker since Julia Swanson took the honor in 2008.
Tryon was Penn's other unanimous first-team selection. The honor is the first for her following a season which saw her rank in the top ten in the country in assists per set. Tryon averaged 11.96 assists per set, good for sixth in the nation, and her 12.44 mark in Ivy play was more than an assist higher than the second place finisher. She also added nine double-doubles on the season.
Wojciechowski was also instrumental for the Quakers as she led the team with 5.55 digs per set, good for eighth in the country. Her 566 digs are the highest single season total in school history and in her last match of the regular season she moved into first place on the school's all-time dig list. Wojciechowski had 16 matches with at least 20 digs and five with at least 30.
Swanson was a second-team selection after a first-team nod a season ago. She was third on the team in kills but still ranked ninth in the conference (3.37). The junior was also third on the team in both digs and blocks. She had eight double-doubles and had double digit kills in 12 matches.
Hawkins earned All-Ivy honorable mention after anchoring the Penn middle. She led the team and finished ninth in the conference with .78 blocks per set. She also was second on the team, hitting .278 and had a career high 206 kills.
The Ivy League Champion Quakers await the NCAA tournament selection to show find out where they will be playing their first round contest. The selection show is set for Sunday, November 29, at 3:00 p.m.
Lauren Martin, Penn (Fr., RS, Bedford, Texas)
*Elizabeth Semmens, Penn (Sr., OH, Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Sheena Donohue, Princeton (Sr., OH, Los Gatos, Calif.)
*Cat Dailey, Yale (Sr., OH, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Alexis Crusey, Yale (Sr., OH, San Diego, Calif.)
*Megan Tryon, Penn (Jr., S, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Madison Wojciechowski, Penn (Jr., L, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Bridget Hearst, Yale (So., RS, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Fr., OH Winter Park, Fla.)
Madeline Baird, Dartmouth (So., OH, Austin, Texas)
Julia Swanson, Penn (Jr., OH, Stratford, Texas)
Anne Carroll Ingersoll, Harvard (So., MB, Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.)
Megan Mushovic, Cornell (Sr., L, Coronado, Calif.)
Christine Wu, Harvard (So., L, Naperville, Ill.)
Megan MacGregor, Dartmouth (Sr., OH, Carlsbad, Calif.)
Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Fr., OH, Encitas, Calif.)
Monique Roberts, Columbia (So., MB, Cicero, N.Y.)
Sandra Lynne Fryhofer, Harvard (So., MB, Atlanta, Ga.)
Ashley Hawkins, Penn (Sr., MB, Hayward, Calif.)
Cathryn Quinn, Princeton (So., MB, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Kerry Clavadetscher, Yale (Fr., S, Seattle, Wash.)
Kelly Ozurovich (Jr., L, Playa Del Rey, Calif.)
Player of the Year
Elizabeth Semmens, Penn
Rookie of the Year
Lauren Martin, Penn