Coming off an outstanding effort in the MIT Invitational, one that earned her one of the seven all-tournament selections in the 15-team event as Wesleyan went 2-2 and reached the gold-medal bracket, Ellie Healy '10 (#10) dished out 31 assists, 11 of them to middle hitter Ashley Farrow '10 (#18) as the Cardinals defeated Western Connecticut for the fifth straight season, 3-0, Wed., Sept. 30.
Wesleyan had little trouble controlling the opening set as an early 6-2 lead grew to 16-5 before the Cards claimed the set, 25-11. After trailing in the second set, 12-11, Wesleyan posted four straight points for a 15-12 lead and never looked back in securing a 25-20 victory. Set three was the tightest as the teams stood 17-17 before a 5-1 Cardinal run made it 22-18. The set ended with Wesleyan winning 25-21 to clinch the 3-0 decision.
Contributing nine kills to the Cardinals' cause was Casey Reed '12 while Alissa Santucci '12 came up with seven. The Cardinals delivered eight aces in the match with three each from Lesley Faulkner '11 and Ruby Hernandez '11. Hernandez, who leads the NESCAC in digs per set with a 5.5 average, had 14 vs. WCSU. Tops in the blocks department was Healy with three, joined by Christina You '12, also with three as Wesleyan collected seven blocks as a team.
Wesleyan also picked up a key win during the opening match of an important NESCAC weekend Fri., Oct. 2, conquering Colby, 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-17) followed by a match with Bates Sat., Oct. 3. Healy averaged 11.3 assists a set vs. Colby and Reed paced the attack with 15 kills. Santucci had a solid all-around performance with 10 kills and 17 digs.