The Cards extended their win streak to eight matches by adding key NESCAC wins over Conn. College, 3-0, Wed., Oct. 8, and Trinity, 3-1, Fri., Oct. 10. Against the Camels, Ellie Healy '10 had 27 assists along with seven digs while Lisa Drennan '09 (#7, photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) put away 11 kills, collected nine digs and made three blocks. Ruby Hernandez '11 led the team with 13 digs while Casey Reed '12 chipped in with seven kills. The win avenged a 3-0 loss to Conn in the first round of the NESCAC tournament in 2007 and ended the Camels string of three NESCAC regular-season victories over the Cardinals. During the second 3-1 win over Trinity in a six-day stretch, Drennan smacked 21 kills with 11 digs while Healy dished off 48 assists and Hernandez collected 26 digs. As a team, Wesleyan hit at an outstanding .297 efficiency vs. Trinity. For the week, Drennan averaged 4.57 kills and 2.86 digs per set and hit at a .391 efficiency. Her performance earned her NESCAC Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.
Wesleyan moved out of conference for its next outing at Eastern Conn. Wed., Oct. 15. Eastern ended the Cards' win streak by taking a 3-0 decision, the sixth straight time the home team has proven victorious in the Wesleyan-ECSU series. Wesleyan was the last road winner in the series, taking a match at Eastern in 2002.
Picking up with league play again Fri., Oct. 17 in the first of three matches vs. the Maine schools played at Trinity, the Cardinals rolled past Bowdoin, 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-17) as Drennan hit an incredibly .565 with 16 kills in 23 attempts with just three errors. Healy racked up another 27 assists while also pacing the team in digs with 10. Ashley Farrow made three blocks and six kills to aid the cause. Wesleyan finished up the NESCAC weekend by taking 3-1 decisions from both Bates and Colby Sat., Oct. 18. Drennan had 33 kills between the two matches while Healy had 76 assists. Now with a 7-1 NESCAC record, Wesleyan can clinched the top seed in the upcoming post-season tournament and serve as host with wins in its final two conference matches at home Fri., Oct. 31 vs. Tufts and Sat., Nov. 1 vs. Amherst. The match vs. Tufts will be webcast and details for watching the battle are available on the athletics home page under "Webcasts." Before those two affairs, however, the Cardinals will visit R.I.C. Thurs., Oct. 23.