The Cards came on strong during the first day of the two-day MIT Invitational Fri., Sept. 25. With Ashley Farrow '10 collecting 26 kills on the day and Casey Reed '12 (#6, hitting in photo) adding 25, Wesleyan defeated the top overall seed of the 15 teams in the tournament, Springfield, 3-1 (game scores - 21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-14). Springfield entered the tournament 9-1 and ranked 27th nationally in the latest AVCA Division III poll. Wesleyan went on to knock off Vassar, 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 28-26) to capture the title in the "C" Division, earning a spot in the gold medal round Sat., Sept. 26. Though things didn't go quite as well for the Cardinals against Williams and Conn. College, falling to both NESCAC rivals 3-0 to end up fourth overall at MIT, it didn't prevent setter Ellie Healy '10 (#10 in photo) from gaining a spot on the six-person all-tournament team. Over the four matches and 14 sets, Healy amassed 115 assists, 36 digs, three aces and 12 kills. Reed had a team-high 45 kills at MIT with Farrow right behind at 41. Libero Ruby Hernandez '11 racked up 67 digs to lead in that department.
The Cards began the week Tues., Sept. 22 with a 3-1 victory over visiting Endicott as Reed collected a match-high 18 kills and added nine digs as the Cardinals received strong all-around play en route to their first win of the season. After dropping the opening set, 25-23, Wesleyan came on strong to win the final three by scores of 25-10, 25-19 and 25-20. Healy was extremely steady throughout the night, racking up 44 assists and adding 12 digs. Lesley Faulkner '11 had a strong hitting effort as well with 12 kills while Alissa Santucci '12 (#17 in photo) chipped in with eight kills and 10 digs. Hernandez was on her game as well with 25 digs and middle hitter Laura Volgenau '13 (#8 in photo) was a force on defense with five blocks, three of them solo.
The team returns to action Wed., Sept. 30 by hosting Westren Conn.