Cards One of Just Two Teams to Take At Least One Set from All NESCAC Rivals in 2011 - Named NEWVA Academic Squad - Casey Reed '12 Wins Maynard Award

Closing out the year in Maine against NESCAC rivals Bowdoin, Colby and Bates, the Cardinals came away without a victory from the NESCAC weekend at Bates Fri. and Sat., Oct. 28-29.  As a result, Wesleyan ended the year wth an 8-20 overall record and a 1-9 NESCAC mark, leaving them shy of the top eight in the conference and a NESCAC tournament bid. Still the Cardinals took one set from eight if its 10 NESCAC foes while snagging two from Bates and three from Hamilton, demonstrating the team's ability to play with the conference's best.  Aside from Bowdoin, only one other NESCAC squad, Trinity, took at least one set from each conference opponent.

Following the season, the Cardinals were one of 15 teams, six of them NESCAC, to receive NEWVA's academic team award for a cumulative team GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Beginning the weekend against Bowdoin, which ran the table on the conference (10-0) for the top seed and right to host the NESCAC tournament, Wesleyan fell, 3-1, capturing the third set of the match.  Scores were 15-25, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25.  Against Colby, the Cardinals also fell, 3-1, with scores 21-25, 25-23, 13-25, 22-25.  A win in that match would have given the Cardinals the eighth and final spot in the NESCAC playoffs.  Finishing with host Bates, it came down to a fifth and deciding set which went to the Bobcats, 15-8, after the Cardinals recovered from a 2-0 deficit.

Leading the team over the weekend was Monica Leslie '14 (#7, photo upper right) with 2.85 kills per set and a .300 hitting efficiency.  Casey Reed '12 (#6, main photo left side), the team's lone senior, contributed 2.31 kills per set and finished as the seasonal leader with 2.68 per set. Reed went on to receive Wesleyan's Maynard Award as the top female senior scholar-athlete for the 2011-12 year.  Leslie was right behind at 2.44.  Kim Farris '14 (#2, photo lower middle) led the team in blocks with .92 per set while also contributing 1.92 kills.  She was the team's block leader with .89 per set for the year and a team-high .268 hitting percentage.  Digs leader Jeanne McPhee '13 (#4, photo upper middle) averaged 3.77 per set over the final weekend and a team-best 4.15 for the season. Claire Larson '15 (#13, photo lower right), who took over as the team's setter, averaged 7.69 assists per set in Maine and 8.56 for the year.  In the aces area, Laura Yim '13 was tops on the team over the year with her .52 average.