Ruby Hernandez '11 Repeats as NESCAC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year, AVCA All-American & is Second-Team All-NESCAC as Cardinals Earn AVCA Academic Honor Team Status

Ruby Hernandez '11 (#1, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com), a four-year starting libero for the Cardinals, was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and also earned a spot on the all-NESCAC second team in 2010.  In addition, she repeated as an all-New England choice by AVCA as well as an AVCA honorable-mention All-American and was chosen for the all-senior squad by the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA).  A year ago, when Hernandez established school records for digs in a match and season, she earned first-team all-NESCAC laurels, all-New England Division III from AVCA and AVCA honorable-mention All-America accolades. 

In 2010, Hernandez ranked fourth in the conference in digs, averaging 4.96, as she raised her career total to a Wesleyan-record 1,933.  Last year, her 580 digs for the season and her 43 digs in a match vs. Johns Hopkins establshed school standards in those areas.  This year, while recording a .947 receipt percentage, Hernandez set the single-season Wesleyan passing average mark with a 2.46 figure. 

For the season, Wesleyan fashioned a final overall record of 10-13 with a 3-7 NESCAC posting, giving the Cardinals the eighth seed in the NESCAC tournament.  Wesleyan fell to top-seeded Amherst, 3-1.  Middlebury won the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament while both Amherst and Tufts received at-large bids.  A win by the Cardinals at Eastern Connecticut Oct. 27 provided head coach Gale Lackey, who will be inducted into the Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame Nov. 23, with her 450th career win.  Coach Lackey completed her 26th year in charge of Cardinal volleyball and her 27th season in total, giving her an average of almost 17 wins a season as she now has 452.

Other category leaders for Wesleyan in 2010 include kills leader Casey Reed '12, whose 3.69 per set average ranked fourth in the NESCAC ; Kim Farris '14, who paced the team in blocks (0.94) and hitting percentage (.274) ; setter Laura Yim '13 with a 9.40 assist-per-set figure ; and Alissa Santucci '12, who paced the squad with a 0.42 average for aces, just a fraction ahead of Farris.  Named captains for the 2011 campaign are stalwarts Reed and Santucci.

Following the 2010 season, Wesleyan found out it was one of 88 Division III colleges in the country (less than 20 percent of all teams) to receive AVCA Academic Honor Team status by posting a team GPA of 3.3 or above.  It was the fourth year in a row the Cardinals qualified for the recognition.