Volleyball’s Cairo Gains All-Ivy Honors for Second Straight Year

Volleyball’s Cairo Gains All-Ivy Honors for Second Straight Year

PRINCETON, N.J. – Brown University volleyball senior libero Melissa Cairo has earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors for the second straight season through a vote of the league's eight head coaches, the Ivy League conference office announced on Thursday.

A native of Hillsborough, Calif., Cairo ranked second in the Ivy League in total digs (369), third in digs per set (4.10), sixth in total aces (27), and seventh in aces per set (0.30) this past fall. In conference play, she stood third in total digs (225), third in digs per set (4.25), third in total aces (18), and fifth in aces per set (0.34). She posted 18 double-figure dig matches on the season, including six matches with 20 or more digs.

A team captain for the Bears this past year and a three-year starter at libero, she finished her career with 1,310 digs and 3.79 digs per set. She tallied 65 career matches with 10 or more digs, including 24 matches with 20 or more digs. She averaged over four digs per set in each of her last three seasons.

2017 All-Ivy Volleyball 

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