PRINCETON, N.J. — Columbia volleyball senior Anja Malesevic and sophomore Chichi Ikwuazom were selected First Team All-Ivy League following a vote of the Ancient Eight head coaches. The league announced its postseason volleyball honors and awards on Thursday.

The first-team selection is the first of Malesevic’s career after earning second-team honors as a junior. Ikwuazom lands on the first team for a second consecutive season. This marks the third time in program history multiple Lions were voted First Team All-Ivy League (2012, 2016).

Malesevic was one of only two Ivy Leaguers to be unanimously voted onto the first team. The Serbian native had a stellar senior campaign in which she averaged a league-best 4.22 kills and 4.77 points per set, ranking No. 26 and No. 23, respectively, in the NCAA in each category. Malesevic was even better against Ivy competition, topping the conference in each category once more with 4.57 kills and 5.18 points per set. The senior right side tallied 15 matches with double-figure kills, seven 20-kill matches and five 25-kill performances. The all-around performer also totaled 146 digs (1.97/set), 52 blocks (0.70/set) and 15 aces (0.20/set) to earn five double-doubles.

One of the many highlights of Malesevic’s season came on Senior Night, where she recorded a career-high 28 kills on 101 attack attempts in a five-set match against Yale. Her 28 kills tied for the most by an Ivy League player this season, while her 101 attack attempts are the most to date this year in the NCAA. Malesevic earned two Ivy League Player of the Week selections, including one following back-to-back 27-kill performances in weekend victories over Harvard and Dartmouth. That week, she was also recognized by two national volleyball media outlets as a performer of the week.

Ikwuazom topped the Ivy League in both hitting percentage and blocks per set for a second consecutive season to earn her way onto the first team. The New York native of Inwood hit .387 with 1.34 blocks per set, also besting all Ivy Leaguers in total blocks (110) and block solos (21). Her 110 total blocks rank fourth in Columbia volleyball single-season history. Ikwuazom ranks No. 33 in the NCAA in hitting percentage on the season, while also holding the No. 30 spot in blocks per set. The middle blocker had nine matches with at least five blocks and three matches with at least 10.

Much like her first-team counterpart, Ikwuazom had many highlights through the 2017 season. One of the biggest came in mid-October when she hit .625 with 17 kills and nine blocks to lead the Lions to their first victory over Princeton since 2012. The seven-time Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll selection matched her career-high with 11 blocks against both Cornell (Oct. 21) and Penn (Nov. 4). She owns five of the eight highest block totals in the Ivy League this season.

A complete listing of the 2017 Ivy League volleyball postseason honors and awards can be found below.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Maggie O’Connell, Princeton (So., RS – Katy, Texas)

 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kate Swanson, Yale (Jr., L – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)

 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Kathryn Attar, Yale (Fr., OH – Tampa, Fla.)

 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Trudy Vande Berg, Cornell
 
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
* Anja Malesevic, Columbia (Sr., RS – Belgrade, Serbia)

* Maggie O’Connell, Princeton (So., RS – Katy, Texas)
Kathryn Attar, Yale (Fr., OH – Tampa, Fla.)
Chichi Ikwuazom, Columbia (So., MB – New York, N.Y.)
Christina Cornelius, Harvard (Jr., MB – Los Angeles, Calif.)
Kiley McPeek, Cornell (Sr., L – Deer Park, Ill.)
Kate Swanson, Yale (Jr., L – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
 
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Grace Roberts-Burbank, Harvard (So., OH – San Francisco, Calif.)

Parker Jones, Penn (Fr., OH – Lafayette, Calif.)
Tristin Kott, Yale (So., OH – Winter Park, Fla.)
Jenna Phelps, Cornell (So., MB – Bucyrus, Kan.)
Caroline Sklaver, Princeton (Jr., MB – Miami Beach, Fla.)
Nnenna Ibe, Princeton (Jr., MB – North Brunswick, N.J.)
Jessie Harris, Princeton (So., S – Newport Beach, Calif.)
Franny Arnautou, Yale (So., S – San Francisco, Calif.)
 
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Kit McCarty, Cornell (Sr., RS – Hudson, Ohio)

Devon Peterkin, Princeton (So., OH – San Diego, Calif.)
Kelley Wirth, Yale (Jr., OH – Moraga, Calif.)
Maclaine Fields, Harvard (So., MB – Alamo, Calif.)
Tori Dozier, Dartmouth (So., S – Raleigh, N.C.)
Sydney Morton, Penn (Sr., S – Atlanta, Ga.)
Melissa Cairo, Brown (Sr., L – Hillsborough, Calif.)
 
*Unanimous Selection
^Second Team Expanded Due To Tie In Voting