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Cards Give Head Coach Gale Lackey Her 400th Wesleyan Win by Sweeping Hamilton in NESCAC Play

Lisa Drennan '09 and Head Coach Gale Lackey

Opening the NESCAC schedule on the road at Hamilton Fri., Sept. 19, Wesleyan rolled past the Continentals, 25-11, 25-15, 25-12. In doing so, the squad gave head coach Gale Lackey (photo insert upper right) her 400th career win at Wesleyan. She now joins Peter Kostacopoulos, who had 488 Wesleyan wins in 28 baseball seasons, as the only Cardinal head coaches to collect 400 triumphs. She is in her 24th season at the helm of the volleyball squad. Last year, she gained her 400th career volleyball win (she came to Wesleyan with 13 victories at Bridgeport). The Cardinals closed out their NESCAC weekend Sat., Sept. 20 with a 3-1 loss to Williams and a 3-1 victory over Middlebury. Earlier in the week, the Cardinals rallied from a 2-0 deficit in sets vs. visiting Keene St. Wed., Sept. 17 to win the match 3-2 (23-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-10) behind a balanced attack and defense. Casey Reed '12 (#6, photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography,com) was the catalyst in the fifth and deciding set as she helped propel the team to a quick 5-0 lead with a pair of aces. She added three kills later in the set, bringing her match total to 10. Lisa Drennan '09, who came into the match leading Division III in kills per set with a 5.89 average, chipped in with 16 kills, 11 digs, six blocks and three aces. Alissa Santucci '12 contributed a 12-kill, seven-dig effort while Ellie Healy '10 had 46 assists. Ruby Hernandez '11 paced the team in digs with 19. The team was back home Tues., Sept. 23, taking on Rhode Island College. Wesleyan prevailed, 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-16) to captured its eight win over the Anchorwomen in the last nine meetings. Twelve Cardinals got into the match and all contributed. Playing just the first two games, Drennan had 12 kills while Alicia Garrison '09 added seven. Most recently, the team played in the annual MIT invitational Fri.-Sat., Sept. 26-27, producing a 3-1 mark. The Cards opened with a 3-2 loss to Smith but rebounded to knock off Benedictine (IL) and Endicott, 3-2, before finishing with another meeting against Benedictine, this time with a 3-0 triumph. Ahead is a trip to Western Conn. Wed., Oct. 1.