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Cards Down Bowdoin in 1st-Round NESCAC Matchup, Eliminated by Amherst in Semi-Final

Lisa Drennan '09

Facing Amherst for the third time this season with a pair of wins under their belts, the Cardinals found the third time was far from a charm as the Lord Jeffs downed Wesleyan in a NESCAC Tournament semi-final at Tufts, Sat., Nov. 8, 3-1. The loss ended Wesleyan's season at 21-7 overall and brought to a close the career of Lisa Drennan '09 (#7, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography,com), one of the top players in Wesleyan volleyball history. Drennan racked up 21 kills and 21 digs vs. Amherst in the final match but it wasn't quite enough to get Wesleyan to its first NESCAC championship match since 2001. Drennan finished second all-time in career kills at Wesleyan with 1,865, just 35 shy of the career mark held by Eliza Allen '03. Allen collected 1900 kills but did so in 488 career sets. Drennan achieved her total in just 385 sets, giving her the best kills average in team history at 4.84. After dropping the first set, 25-23, to Amherst, the Cardinals rolled to a 25-15 triumph in the second set to even the match. But Amherst pulled away down the stretch in both the third and fourth sets to win 25-19 and 25-21. Amherst will play Williams, a 3-2 upset winner over top-seeded Tufts, in the title match Sun., Nov. 9. Setter Ellie Healy '10 ran her season total to 1,099 assists with 46 vs. Amherst while libero Ruby Hernandez '11 collected 28 digs to improve her team-high total this season to 523. The 2008 all-NESCAC squad is due out next week as Drennan was a first-team choice in 2007 and Healy a second-team pick.