Volleyball Makes History with Four All-Ivy League Honorees
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK – Sophomore Megan Gaughn, junior Monique Roberts and first-years Katherine Keller and Madeline Rumer all earned recognition from the Ivy League office, it was announced today, as Gaughn was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection, Roberts earned second team honors, and Keller and Rumer were honorable mentions. It is the most All-Ivy League honors the volleyball program has ever earned in a single season, and Gaughn is the first-ever unanimous first team selection.

It is an appropriate end to a historic season for the program. The Lions finished third in the Ivy League, the best ranking ever, and the team’s 8-6 Ivy League record was a tie for the best ever record in the league. The Lions also went 16-9 overall, the best record in program history, and a tie for the most wins in program history.

Gaughn was an integral part of Columbia’s outstanding effort, and that was reflected in her unanimous selection to the first team by the eight coaches in the Ivy League. A second team selection in 2009, the sophomore outside hitter was second among all Ivies with 3.67 kills per set, while also adding 3.23 digs per set and 37 total blocks. And she was even better in League play, as in 14 Ivy matches, Gaughn tallied 3.86 kills per set and 3.55 digs per set. She reached double-digit kills in 19 matches, had 15 double-doubles and surpassed the 20-kill mark three times. She also saw action in every single game, and nearly every single set the Lions took part in, missing sets only twice all year. Gaughn ended the year as the Lions’ leader in kills per set, total kills (352) and service aces (25), and second on the team in digs per set and total digs (310). She was one of only two athletes to earn unanimous honors.

Roberts, an honorable mention selection in 2009, was a second-team All Ivy League honoree in her junior year. Roberts was a stalwart in the middle blocker position for Columbia, with one of the best blocking percentages in the league, along with a top hitting percentage. Roberts hit .345 on the year, the second best average in the Ancient Eight. She was also top in the Ivy League in blocks, with a 1.16 blocks per set average. Roberts ended the season with 65 total blocks, including 14 solo stuffs, one of the highest totals in the league. She also ended the year with 139 kills.

Keller and Rumer both earned honorable mention selections in their first seasons in Columbia uniforms. Rumer, a middle blocker, was one of Columbia’s top players at the net, and on the service line. She finished the season with a .299 hitting percentage (fourth in the league), along with 218 kills, the second highest total on the Lion squad. She was also fifth in the league in service aces, with a 0.26 aces per set average, finishing the year with 23 service aces.

Keller was one of the Lions’ unsung heroes in the libero position, as she played in the majority of Columbia’s matches. With a keen ability to keep the ball from hitting the floor, Keller led the Lions on defense, with 437 digs on the season. She had a 4.70 digs per set average, which was the fourth best total in the league.

The complete list of All-Ivy League honorees is available below, and a complete release can be found on the Ivy League website.

Player of the Year
Megan Tryon, Penn (Sr., S, Los Angeles)

Rookie of the Year
Kendall Polan, Yale (Fr., S, Cardiff, Calif.)

First Team All-Ivy
*Megan Gaughn, Columbia (So., OH, Winter Park, Fla.)
Bridget Hearst, Yale (Jr., RS, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Kendall Polan, Yale (Fr., S, Cardiff, Calif.)
Cathryn Quinn, Princeton (Jr., MH, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
*Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (So., OH, Encinitas, Calif.)
Julia Swanson, Penn (Sr., OH, Houston, Texas)
Megan Tryon, Penn (Sr., S, Los Angeles)
Madison Wojciechowski, Penn (Sr., L, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)

Second Team All-Ivy
Madeline Baird, Dartmouth (Jr., OH, Austin, Texas)
Sandra Fryhofer, Harvard (Jr., MH, Atlanta)
Kelly Hansen, Cornell (Jr., RS, San Diego)
Lauren Martin, Penn (So., RS, Bedford, Texas)
Kelly Ozurovich, Yale (Sr., L, Playa del Rey, Calif.)
Amanda Pacheco, Penn (So., MB, Long Beach, Calif.)
Monique Roberts, Columbia (Jr., MB, Cicerco, N.Y.)
Haley Wessels, Yale (So., MB, Dallas)

Honorable Mention

Hillary Ford, Princeton (Jr., L, Portola Valley, Calif.)
Anne Carroll Ingersoll, Harvard (Jr., RS, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Katherine Keller, Columbia (Fr., L, Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Erica Reetz, Yale (Fr., OH, Thiensville, Wis.)
Madeline Rumer, Columbia (Fr., MB, Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.)
Christine Wu, Harvard (Jr., L, Naperville, Ill.)

*unanimous selection