Casey Reed '12 (#6, main photo left side), who finished as the team's seasonal kills leader with 2.68 per set, received the Maynard Award as Wesleyan's top female scholar-athlete for the 2011-12 academic year during the annual athletic awards banquet Wednesday, May 3, 2012. Reed's award was one of three honors for the volleyball squad as Wesleyan was one of 15 teams (six of which are NESCAC institutions) to receive the New England Women's Volleyball Association's academic team award for a cumulative team GPA of 3.3 or higher as well as one of 90 Division III teams to qualify for the American Volleyball Coaches Association's academic team award for the same level of achievement.
Reed, who started 103 of 106 matches during her four years in Middletown, ended her career with 1,139 kills for an average of 2.83 per set. Reed was also a strong contributor on the defensive end, ranking second on the squad in digs per set in 2010 (2.36) and 2011 (2.38). She was a NESCAC All-Academic honoree in 2010 and 2011. Wesleyan qualified for the NESCAC Championship in Reed's first three seasons, advancing to the semifinals in 2008.
Wesleyan finished the 2011 season 8-20 and narrowly missed out on a NESCAC Championship berth after a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bates in the regular-season finale. The Cardinals were one of only three NESCAC squads to take at least one set from all 10 conference opponents, along with Bowdoin (which finished with a 10-0 conference mark) and Trinity. Statistical standouts included Monica Leslie '14 (#7, photo upper right), who finished second behind Reed in kills per set with 2.44, and Kim Farris '14 (#2, photo lower middle), who 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 a team-best 4.15 for the season, while Claire Larson '15 (#13, photo lower right), who took over as the team's setter, averaged 8.56 assists per set for the year. In the aces area, Laura Yim '13 was tops on the team over the year with her .52 average.