Leading the NESCAC is digs per set (5.47) by a substantial margin (next highest is 5.11) and sitting 45th nationally in Division III in the latest NCAA rankings, Ruby Hernandez '11 (#1, main photo) was recognized by the NESCAC coaches as the Defensive Player of the Year and was tabbed as a first-team all-NESCAC choice. Setter Ellie Healy '10 (#10, photo insert lower right) was voted a second-team all-NESCAC pick for the third straight season.
Hernandez cracked the 30-dig barrier three times this year including a school-record-setting 43 in just four sets vs. Johns Hopkins. She owns four of the top five performances for digs in a match ever at Wesleyan with 36 vs. Conn. College in 2007 and a pair of 34-dig efforts (vs. Amherst in 2007 and vs. Vassar in 2009). Her 580 digs this year is a single-season school record. For her career, Hernandez has amassed 1522 digs over 302 sets, an average of 5.04. She already stands second all-time at Wesleyan and needs just 366 more to assume career leadership. In addition to her digs numbers, Hernandez was second on the team in service aces with 47 and was the team's primary serve receiver, passing with a school-record 2.38 proficiency in 2009. She made just 42 receive errors in 106 sets, an average of less than one miscue in every two sets played.
Along with her NESCAC honor, Hernandez was selected as one of 14 players by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for its New England all-star squad. She was the only libero among the selectees.
Healy will graduate No. 2 on the all-time Wesleyan assists list with 4,079 while her per-set average of 10.54 is tops among Cardinal players. This season, Healy averaged 9.47 assists per set and contributed 283 digs, 91 kills, 34 blocks and 20 aces to the Wesleyan cause. A four-year starting setter, Healy collected 1,018 digs to become just the ninth Wesleyan player to surpass the 1,000-dig plateau. She totaled 398 kills, 115 blocks and 100 aces as well.
Healy also was chosen to play in the annual NEWVA Senior All-Star Classic which will be held at UMass Boston Sunday, Nov. 15.
Wesleyan posted a 13-14 overall record in 2009 with a 4-6 conference mark. That included a 3-2 victory over Little Three rival Williams, which went on to capture the NESCAC tournament crown and qualify automatically for the NCAA Division III tournament. After an 0-6 start, Wesleyan went 13-6 over its next 19 matches and was undefeated at home (6-0). Wesleyan, seeded eighth, was ousted from the NESCAC tournament by top-seeded and tournament host Tufts in three close sets, two decided by two points. Tufts went on to receive an at-large invitation to the NCAA playoffs.