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Megan Gaughn, Caitlin Brenton, Heather Braunagel
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Gaughn, Braunagel, Brenton Collect All-Ivy Honors

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 11/15/2012
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PRINCETON, N.J. - Topping off what was already the most successful season in program history, the Columbia volleyball team was honored with three All-Ivy League selections Thursday afternoon, as announced by the conference office. For the first time ever, Columbia had two players named to the first team, seniors Megan Gaughn and Heather Braunagel, while sophomore Caitlin Brenton earned second team accolades.

Gaughn was a unanimous selection as she notched the third All-Ivy League honors of her career. The outside hitter became Columbia's all-time leader in kills this season, accumulating 1,284, and finished second in the league after averaging 3.60 kills per set.

Earlier this season, Gaughn attacked her way to Ivy League Player of the Week accolades following a 16-kill, 18-dig performance vs. Cornell to become the first-ever player for Columbia to reach the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig milestone.

Braunagel, earning her second All-Ivy League honors, led the league in blocks per set throughout the season, averaging 1.20, and finished third in hitting percentage, swinging at a .351 mark. Her dominance at the net lifted Columbia to lead the entire league in blocks throughout the season with 2.50 per set.

A first-time All-Ivy League selection, Brenton was as an all-around integral force for the Lions this season, finishing second in both kills (2.19/set) and blocks (0.86/set).

Columbia closed out the 2012 season with five consecutive wins to go 14-9 overall and 9-5 in the Ivy League, earning a tie for second place in the conference for its highest finish in school history.


Complete List of 2012 Volleyball All-Ivy Selections

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S/H - Cardiff, Calif.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L - Los Angeles)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S/H - Palos Verdes, Calif.)

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
Heather Braunagel, Columbia (Sr., MB - Trumbull, Conn.)
Megan Gaughn
, Columbia (Sr., OH - Winter Park, Fla.)*
Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH - Sr., OH, Los Altos, Calif.)* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in the voting, first-team All-Ivy was expanded from seven
Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L - Los Angeles)
Kendall Peterkin, Princeton (Fr., RS/MB - San Diego)
Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Sr., OH - Encinitas, Calif.)*
Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S/H - Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S/H - Cardiff, Calif.)*
Mollie Rogers, Yale (So, OH - San Diego)

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY

Caitlin Brenton, Columbia (So., OH - San Jose, Calif.)
Rachel D'Epagnier, Cornell (Jr., MB - Coopersburg, Pa.)
Caroline Walters, Harvard (So., MB - San Mateo, Calif.)
Emma White, Penn (So., OH - Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Tiana Woolridge, Princeton (So., MB - Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Maddie Rudnick, Yale (So., L - Encinitas, Calif.)
Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB - Dallas)

* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in the voting, first-team All-Ivy was expanded from seven

 

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