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Ruby Hernandez '11 is NESCAC POW, MVP at WCSU Tourney - Cards to Face Tufts in NESCAC Opener

Ruby Hernandez '11 and friends

Ruby Hernandez '11 (#1, red jersey) was a digging machine for the Cardinals during the WestConn Classic as she closed out the two-day event with 34 digs in a 3-1 victory over Vassar and 20 digs in a 3-1 win over Western Connecticut Sat., Oct. 24. Wesleyan won the event with a 3-0 record, having defeated Babson the night before, 3-0, as Hernandez had 20 digs in that affair.

The Cardinals had defeated both Vassar and Western Conn. by a 3-0 count earlier in the season. Thought both opponents managed to take one of the opening three sets this time out, Wesleyan came back to take the fourth set over each, both by a 26-24 score to show the team's resolve.

In addition to Hernandez's fine play which earned her tournament MVP recognition as well as NESCAC Co-Player of the Week laurels, Wesleyan got 27 kills and six blocks from Ashley Farrow '10 while Alissa Santucci '12 (#17, photo insert upper right), who picked up all-tournament honors, chipped in with 23 kills, five aces, 21 digs and seven assists during the wins on Saturday. Setter Ellie Healy '10 averaged a whopping 11.4 assists over the last two matches while adding three kills.

Wesleyan closed out the home season Wed., Oct. 28 with a visit from Eastern Connecticut. The Cardinals made short work of the action, winning 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-15), running their current win streak to five and ending the home season with a 6-0 mark. With Healy racking up 30 assists to become just the second Cardinal to go over the 4,000 mark for career assists (4,011), Wesleyan had an outstanding .313 team hitting percentage, led by Farrow with a .571 figure (13 kills and one error in 21 attacks). Farrow and Healy both had two blocks while Healy led in aces with three. Next in the kills department was Santucci with eight while Hernandez continued her tremendous defensive effort with a 17-dig performance.

Wesleyan ended the regular season Fri., Oct. 30 with a NESCAC match at Conn. College. The Cardinals dropped a heartbreaker, 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 25-15, 17-25, 11-15), ending their winning streak at five matches and evening their overall record at 13-13. With a 4-6 NESCAC mark, Wesleyan will be the eighth seed in the upcoming tournament which will take place at Tufts Fri.-Sun., Nov. 6-8. As the top seed, the Jumbos will be Wesleyan's first-round opponent Friday.

At Conn, Casey Reed '12 chalked up 18 kills while Farrow contributed 12 to the cause. Healy put 40 more assists into her career total, which now stands at 4,051. She also had 14 digs but Hernandez was the leader in that department with 16. Santucci racked up eight aces in a strong serving effort.