Lisa Drennan '09 was named New England Small
College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Volleyball Player of the Year
in 2006 following a vote of the conference coaches. A second-team all-NESCAC
choice as a freshman, Drennan led the NESCAC and was fifth nationally in
Division III for kills per game this season, averaging 5.56, which also is a
Wesleyan team record.
Player of the Year Ranked 5th Nationally for Kills
Q: You were just named New England Small College
(NESCAC) Women's Volleyball Player of the Year. How does that make
I feel really great about winning NESCAC player of the year. I have worked
so hard this season, putting my all into every practice and every game. It
is incredibly rewarding to work as hard as you can, and see that others
recognize how hard you have worked.
Q: What do you think makes you such a talented volleyball player?
A: Probably the number one thing is my competitive attitude. I really love
competing and winning. I also really just love the game of volleyball. My
love of the game makes me work harder, run faster and jump higher. Of
course, my height, 5’11,’’ helps with my hitting a little too.
Q: When did you first start playing organized volleyball?
A: I have been playing volleyball all of my life. However my first
“organized” team was in 7th grade. I guess I was one of the better players
then, but I would say I did not develop into a real volleyball player until
9th or 10th grade.
Q: You came to Wesleyan from Ann Arbor, Mich. Is that where you grew up?
A: Yes. I’ve lived there my whole life.
Q: What was it like growing up in the shadows of the University of Michigan?
A: Amazing. I have always been a big supporter of University of Michigan’s
volleyball team. I have gone to most of their games, and attended their
volleyball summer camp several years. Just this past summer, I helped coach
their camps. This was such a great experience for me. I learned a lot from
the coaches, the Michigan head coach and the players. Also whenever the
coaches (mostly Michigan volleyball players) were on a break, we would play
around a little. For them, they were just “messing around,” for me it was
some of the most competitive volleyball I have ever played. Playing with a
top 10 Division 1 team was an amazing experience. I definitely grew a lot as
a player through this experience alone.
Q: How did you become interested in attending Wesleyan?
A: I first learned about Wesleyan through friends from my high school who
are now seniors at Wesleyan. They all spoke so highly of Wesleyan, and often
compared it to our high school, which I was really fond of. When I visited
Wesleyan, the thing that struck me most about Wesleyan was the student body.
Everyone seemed so intelligent, unique and approachable. I knew Wesleyan was
a great school academically, but also that the students were not competitive
with one another. People at Wesleyan are more concerned about learning and
less about the grades they receive. This was incredibly appealing to me.
Q: What other colleges did you consider attending?
A: I applied early decision to Wesleyan. I was pretty much set on coming
Q: How do you like it here at Wesleyan?
A: I absolutely love it here. I have loved everyone I have met here. I have
made great friends. I can not imagine playing on a team anywhere else; our
team is like a family. I have really liked (almost) all of the classes I’ve
taken, and professors I have had. I haven’t decided on a major yet, but I am
leaning towards Environmental Science and Psychology.
Q: You played softball and basketball at the Greenhills School in
Michigan along with volleyball. What other sports do you play now?
A: I would like to play intramural softball, and I am going to try out
Ultimate Frisbee this spring.
Q: Tell us about your parents John and Lyn.
A: My parents have always been so supportive of everything I do, volleyball
and everything else. They are such amazing people, and certainly my number
one role models. I get along so well with my parents, and am so thankful for
their unconditional love and support. During high school they came to every
one of my volleyball, basketball, and softball games. Not to mention, my dad
was my softball coach for several years. I was worried that by coming all
the way out to Connecticut they would hardly ever get to see me play. This
has not been the case at all. Last year and this year they have made it to a
lot of games, including the NESCAC quarter finals and semi-finals this year.
My dad came all the way out to Maine last year for NESCAC finals. We lost in
the quarter-finals on Friday, and so my dad was stranded in Maine for the
rest of the weekend! My whole family, not just my parents have been so
supportive of my volleyball. I have an older brother and sister who were
able to make it to several games this year. My family is so supportive of
me, and I think I play even harder when they are here watching me, because I
want to show them my thanks for all of their support.
Q: If you had to credit one person with helping you get to this point
in your volleyball career, who would it be?
A: I really can’t say there is just one person who helped me get here. My
family goes to an island every summer in northern Ontario, where my family
and friends all play volleyball on the rocks. I have played there since I
was really young. I think this is where I developed my love for the game. So
I suppose I can give credit to my family and friends for playing with me
from such an early time in my life.
Brian Katten, sports information director