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Lisa Drennan '09 Breaks Team Mark for Kills, Named NESCAC POW as Cards End Drought vs. Williams

Lisa Drennan '09

Racking up a team-record 34 kills during the five-set match vs. Williams Fri, Sept. 5 to inaugurate the 2008 campaign, Lisa Drennan '09 (#7, photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) carried Wesleyan past the visiting Ephs, 3-2. Game scores were 25-23, 21-25 23-25, 25-22, 15-12. Drennan got the final kill of the match to clinch the win and eclipse her own team mark of 33 set against Amherst in 2006 and repeated vs. Vassar in 2007. Setter Ellie Healy '09 had a solid match with 49 assists while both Drennan and Allison Heaney '09 picked up four blocks apiece. Libero Ruby Hernandez '11 was busy making 22 digs to pace the defense. The win was Wesleyan's first over Williams since Oct. 5, 2001 when the Cards captured a 3-2 decision in Middletown. Since then, Williams rattled off 12 consecutive wins vs. Wesleyan. Williams is the defending NESCAC tournament champion and has won five of the last seven NESCAC titles. Continuing in the NESCAC/NEWMAC Challenge on Sat., Sept. 6, Wesleyan defeated Coast Guard for the first time since 2003 with a comfortable 3-0 victory (25-18, 25-18, 25-23) as Drennan added 14 kills, Healy collected 27 assists and Hernandez picked up 17 digs. Falling to Wellesley, 3-1 (31-33, 26-24 18-25, 17-25), the Cards got another 27 kills from Drennan, 49 assists from Healy and 24 digs from Hernandez. Over the three matches, Drennan averaged 6.25 kills per set while Healy averaged 10.8 assists and Hernandez 5.3 digs. Drennan was honored by the NESCAC as the Player of the Week. The team split a pair of matches on the road Sat., Sept. 13, visiting Vassar for a match with the home squad and Montclair St. The Cards dropped a 3-1 decision to Montclair as Drennan led the way with 14 kills and four blocks. Hernandez added 19 digs. In a 3-0 win over Vassar, Drennan was on fire with 23 kills, an average of 7.7 per set. Drennan's proficiency (.513) had a lot to do with the 36 assists contributed by Healy, who also had seven kills of her own. The next match for the squad comes up Wed., Sept. 17 with Keene St. coming to town.