Cards, Seeded 8th, Give Top Seed & Hosts Tufts All it Can Handle Before Falling in NESCAC Tourney
Taking on top-seeded and host Tufts in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament Fri., Nov. 6, Wesleyan played close to the best in the opening two sets, falling 29-27 in the first and 25-23 in the second, before Tufts asserted itself in the final set for a 25-16 victory and a spot in the NESCAC semi-finals against Amherst. Williams and Conn. College square off on the other semi-final.
Wesleyan overcame five-point deficits in both of the first two sets to take them down to the wire. The Cardinals trailed 16-11 in the opener and 10-5 in the second but managed to take leads in both sets. Wesleyan had two set points in the first with leads of 24-23 and 27-26, but could not cash in either time before the Jumbos scored the final three points for the win. The Cardinals used a 10-2 run in the second set to take a 15-12 lead and had a 19-17 edge only to be tied at 21-21, and eventually fall by just two points in regulation. Tufts controlled the third set from the outset, moving out to a 9-2 margin, advancing it to 15-5 and coasted in to take the match in three sets while improving to 27-3 on the year. Wesleyan finished with a 13-14 mark.
Setter Ellie Healy '10 (#10) added 29 assists to her four-year total as the team's starter, giving her 4,079 for her career, an average of 10.54 per set. While she is second all-time behind Christina Fucci '02 in total assists (Fucci had 4,452), Healy is tops for average as Fucci averaged 10.48 over her 425 sets played.
Also playing her final match as a Cardinal was Ashley Farrow '10 (#18) as she posted eight kills, just one behind the effort of Lesley Faulkner '11, who paced the squad with nine. Farrow ended the year as Wesleyan's leader in hitting percentage with a solid .290 mark while also averaging 2.75 kills per set, second highest behind Casey Reed '12 (3.16). NESCAC digs leader Ruby Hernandez '11 racked up another 16 digs, just about equaling her seasonal average of 5.47. With just 42 receiving errors on the year, Hernandez averaged less than one miscue in every two sets played and registered a 2.38 passing average, matching the best seasonal average in school history.