Led by NESCAC Player of the Year Lisa Drennan '09 (#7, main photo), Wesleyan might have all the ingredients it needs to make a serious run at a NESCAC title and a second-ever trip to the NCAA tournament. Drennan, who ranked first in the NESCAC and fifth nationally for kills per game (5.56) in 2006, is one of 11 players back from a year ago when the Cardinals posted an 19-9 overall record. Wesleyan fell by a narrow 3-2 count to eventual NESCAC tournament champ Amherst in a NESCAC semi-final in 2006. With team tri-captains Becca Rodger '08 (#14, photo insert upper left), Caroline Rober '08 (#12, photo insert lower right) and Jettie Word '08 (#5, photo insert lower left) back in their starting roles along with NESCAC's top setter (11.35 assists per game) Ellie Healy '10 (#10, photo insert upper right), the Cardinals have all their hitting, setting and blocking weapons back from 2006. Missing is all-time digs leader Tory Molnar, a four-year starting libero, who graduated. While her shoes will not be filled easily, the Cardinals are confident of staying near the top of the NESCAC standings as they did last season, earning the #2 seed in the conference tournament. Wesleyan will be tested right from the outset as the team will travel to perennial regional power Wellesley Sat., Sept, 8 for a tri-match with the host and NESCAC regular-season champ Williams to initiate the campaign.