Wesleyan University Women's Volleyball 1998 Season in Review
Ashley Chase '99 became a four-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) all-star (first team three times, second team once) following the 1998 season as she led the Cardinals to a 15-19 record from her outside hitter spot. Chase ended her career with numerous Wesleyan team records, including career kills (1,431), aces (257) and digs (1,026). Her four seasonal kills figures rank second (388 in 1997), fourth (359 in 1996), seventh (344 in 1998) and eighth (340 in 1995) on the all-time Wesleyan list. Leslie Pao '99, named a NESCAC academic all-star along with Alex deToth '99, came up with the 10th highest ever seasonal kill mark in 1998 (273). deToth finished her career as both the career (271) and seasonal (117 in 1997) blocks leader at Wesleyan.
Also moving to a top spot in the record book was defensive specialist Jessica Rooney '01, who collected 85 aces and 318 digs, both team standards.
Alexis Keeler '02 came on strong for the team and by season's end demonstrated her talent with a spot on the NESCAC all-tournament team. Her hitting efficiency figure of 25.9 was the fifth highest seasonal figure on record at Wesleyan.
Setters Bridget Doyle '01 and Christina Fucci '02 did fine jobs in their roles. Other major contributors were defensive specialist Anne Johnson '01 and outside hitters Sarah Synakowski '01 (ninth on all-time seasonal list with 280 kills) and Christine Szczepanski '01.
Wesleyan captured the team title in its own invitational, downing Trinity in an exciting five-game match, and taking both Teikyo Post and Smith in three straight. Both Trinity and Smith went on to qualify for the ECAC playoffs. The Cardinals posted three victories over ECAC qualifiers and captured a game against NCAA Division III tournament participants Williams and M.I.T. Wesleyan volleyball boasts a highly competitive schedule, traditionally playing a significant percentage of its schedule versus nationally and regionally ranked teams.