Ivy League academic honors for former local preps


Castilleja grad Taylor Doctor and Menlo-Atherton grad Alexandre Popp, both students at Harvard, are among 10 Crimson athletes who were among the 80 overall named to the 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy League team.

The honorees are starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams who have cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.0. Each of the eight Ivy League schools nominates five men and five women from its eligible student-athletes.

Docter, a junior who recently was named captain for the 2012 volleyball season, earned All-Ivy League second team accolades this fall after ranking seventh in the Ancient Eight with 3.05 kills per set. A native of Los Altos, Docter was also seventh in the conference with 0.27 aces per set and 3.52 points per set. In addition, she recorded three double-doubles and finished the year averaging 1.72 digs per set.

Popp, a senior goalie on the men's water polo team, set a career high with 244 saves. Born in Palo Alto and raised in Menlo Park, Popp was tabbed CWPA Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 5 and was selected to the CWPA Northern Division honor roll Oct. 17.

The Ivy League will publish two more editions of the Academic All-Ivy League team during the 2011-02 academic year, one following the winter season and one at the end of spring competition.

Men's water polo

Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn had seven saves in goal for the Princeton men's water polo team in its 9-7 victory over UC San Diego in the third-place match of the NCAA Championships at Cal's Spieker Aquatics Center on Dec. 4 in Berkeley.

For Princeton, it marked the second time in three seasons that the Tigers finished third in the national tournament. The last time was in 2009. Princeton finished its season with a 22-10 record.

Princeton opened the NCAA Championships with a 17-4 loss to eventual champion USC. Dearborn had 11 saves in three quarters while fellow Sacred Heart Prep grad Connor Still scored the Tigers' first goal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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