From Ariel Kaluzhny ’16:
Club Volleyball is officially starting! Practices are Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:45-10:45 pm and will be lots of fun so don’t miss out! Anyone and everyone who wants to play is welcome! See you there!
Time: 8:45 – 10:45 PM
Place: Silloway Gymnasium
Field hockey goalie Tori Redding ’13 was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) second-team All-American on Monday, adding to her already impressive list of postseason accomplishments. She is the second Wes fall athlete to be named All-America so far, as volleyball libero (and WesCeleb) Ruby Hernandez ’11 was earlier named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable-Mention All-American.
Tori had been named first-team all-NESCAC this season and was also an NFHCA New England West Region First-Team All-Star. She ranked second in the NESCAC with an .826 save percentage and had four 10-save games, including 15 in a 2-1 loss at eventual national champion Bowdoin. She finished the season with a 1.51 goals-against average and averaged 7.27 saves per game as Wesleyan went 10-5 and 5-4 in NESCAC play, its best showings in both departments since 2005 (11-5, 5-4). Tori now has six career shutouts to her credit–including 1-0 wins over Williams and Trinity this past season–and has started all 30 games over her two years here, playing all but 35 minutes in net overt those two seasons.
Ruby, who holds the school records for digs in a match (43), season (580), and career (1,933), earned her second straight AVCA Honorable-Mention All-America honor. She was named second-team all-NESCAC this fall and also received all-NESCAC honors in 2009, having been named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year following both seasons. She repeated as an AVCA all-New England selection and was chosen for the New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) all-senior team. Ruby had 30 digs in a 3-1 win over Eastern Connecticut, a victory that gave head coach Gale Lackey her 450th career win.
Tori photo courtesy Brian Katten.
Ruby photo courtesy SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com.
From Kelsey Townsend ’11:
We’re looking to find women interested in playing competitive (fun!) club volleyball. If you have any interest in playing volleyball consistently this semester don’t hesitate to email Kelsey. Or show up to open gym Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday at 9:00 PM in the Freeman gym. We promise to play fun name games if you come =)
Date: Feb. 2, 4
Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Place: Freeman Gym
Last year’s star volleyball player Lisa Drennan ’09 , NESCAC Player of the Year, is now a member of a professional team in Brondby, Denmark. She is really good at volleyball! From the Wes Connection:
Drennan is one of three Americans on the Brondby Elite roster […] In total, 12 players are listed on the Brondby roster and the average height is 6-2.
Drennan is one of the smallest players, standing 5-11. She was selected, as noted on the Brondby team web site, not just for her hitting ability but also for her receiving talent.
Brondby is scheduled to play a 21-match season this fall, all against other Danish teams, with the first match slated for Sunday, Sept. 13.
This year’s NESCAC women’s volleyball player of the year is Lisa Drennan ’09, for the second time in her college volleyball career, and Ellie Healy ’10 was also named to the all-NESCAC squad as a second-team choice.
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.
…Healy currently ranks second in the conference in average assists with 10.18 per set, a figure that ranks 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.
Congratulations, Lisa and Ellie.
Wes volleyball beat defending NESCAC champ Amherst 3-1 today–its second win over the Jeffs in as many meetings this season–to clinch the #2 seed in the NESCAC Championship, which begins next weekend. Wes also clinched a share of the Little Three title for the first time since 1992, when we won it outright, with the win. Wes takes on Bowdoin–which has lost its last 18 matches against the Cards–at Tufts on Friday. Whoo.
Lost among another round of budget cuts and the impending election is the volleyball team’s pretty awesome season–19-5 overall, 7-1 in NESCAC play, and 12-1 in its last 13 matches.
This weekend, Wes has arguably its two most important matches of the year: Tufts at 8:00 Friday night and Amherst at noon Saturday. I can’t promise there will be candy tomorrow night, but I can promise that Wes clinches first place in the NESCAC–and the right to host the NESCAC Championship next weekend–if it wins both matches.
Plus, with a win over the Jeffs, Wes clinches a share of the Little Three title for the first time since 1992. Amherst hasn’t won in Middletown since the Democrats regained control of Congress. Let’s make it a double whammy and bring the tournament here.
Date: Friday, Oct. 31 (Tufts); Saturday, Nov. 1 (Amherst)
Time: 8:00 PM (Tufts); 12:00 PM (Amherst)
Place: Silloway Gym
(Photo courtesy SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com.)
Two Wes athletics-related announcements:
First, we’re looking for people to do the commentary for the webcasts of the four home football games (Sept. 27 vs. Hamilton; Oct. 18 vs. Amherst; Oct. 25 vs. Bowdoin; and Nov. 8 vs. Trinity). We want one person to do the play-by-play and one to do color commentary. The pay is $25 per game. If you interested, contact Brian Katten ’79, our Sports Information Director (bkatten@wes).
Also, the first athletics contest of the school year takes place tomorrow (Friday) night when the volleyball team hosts Williams. They somehow managed to beat us twice last season, so trust me when I say Wes is out for revenge this year. The match starts at 8:00 PM in Silloway Gym (at Freeman). Go Wes.
Shamelessly copied from facebook, but hear me out:
Wesleyan Girl’s Volleyball are playing the Trinity
Cocks Bantams for a conference match. Come support their sexy asses (in spandex).
THE HAMMER shirts will be available for $7. Limited supply.
Also, if you cannot come to the game, it will be webcasted at 7:30 at www.wesleyan.edu/athletics/volleyball.
If you haven’t heard (and apparently rumor IS spreading), Wesleyan volleyball games are AWESOME! The team is really good, and it draws a ton of fans, including many in costume. It has all the best aspects of a pep rally, but with an athletic contest instead of BS. You should probably go.
Date: Friday, 10/5
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Freeman Athletic Center (go in the front door and walk straight back past the hockey rink)
p.s. Sets/games are to 30, except for the 5th, which is to 15. The player wearing a different colored shirt is the libero, and she plays only in the back row, among other things I don’t understand.