Lisa Drennan '09 (#7, main photo) has been named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's volleyball Player of the Year for the second time in the last three years. The award was determined by a vote of conference coaches.
She has also been selected as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III second-team All-American. She is the only player from a New England college to be listed among AVCA's three All-America squads. Her selection to an AVCA All-America squad is the first such honor for a Wesleyan player in the team's 25-year history. A year ago, she was an AVCA honorable-mention All-American.
Well-decorated this season, Drennan also is a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine second-team Academic All-American, a New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) and an AVCA New England Division III first-team all-star. She was chosen to play in the NEWVA Senior All-Star Classic at Wellesley on Nov. 16 as well.
Drennan lead the conference this year in kills, with a 4.70 average, and ranked second in hitting percentage at .315. She ranked third nationally in Division III in kills per set this year, a category where she has been in the top five for the last three years.
In 2007, Drennan was named an honorable-mention All-American by AVCA. She was also named the NESCAC player of the year in 2006.
Over her four years at Wesleyan, Drennan amassed 1,865 kills in 379 sets. She ranks first all time at Wesleyan in average kills (4.92), second all-time in total kills, and fourth all time with a .298 hitting efficiency. She also averaged 2.73 digs, 0.68 blocks and 0.46 aces per set during her career.
Also named to the all-NESCAC squad as a second-team choice for the second straight season is setter Ellie Healy '10 (#10, photo insert lower right). Healy finished second in the conference in average assists with 10.18 per set, a figure that ranked her 23rd nationally in Division III. She led the conference a year ago with an 11.35 figure but sets have been reduced from 30 points to 25 points for a victory this season, accounting for the lower average.
Wesleyan closed out the year with a 21-7 mark and an 8-2 NESCAC record, which earned the second seed in the NESCAC tournament for the team. A win over Amherst in the regular-season finale gave the Cardinals a share of this year's Little Three title. It was the team's fourth straight winning season, and ninth in the last 10 seasons.
Wesleyan also received an honor from the NEWVA as the Cardinals earned academic honor roll status for its cumulative team GPA. Wesleyan was one of 15 teams in the region to be so honored.