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Crazy Eights: 3 Wesleyan Spring Sport Teams get off to 8-0 Starts

Casey Simchik '10. (Photo by Brian Katten)

Casey Simchik '10. (Photo by Brian Katten)

Wesleyan women’s tennis posted a 4-0 mark during its fall dual-match schedule, then added four victories in Orlando, Fla. during its spring training trip in March to head into the meat of its schedule with an 8-0 record. The rest of the season features matches against nine consecutive NESCAC rivals. The outcomes of this part of the schedule will dictate qualification for the NESCAC tournament.

Women’s tennis is one of three Cardinal squads to inaugurate the season with an 8-0 start. Both the baseball and softball teams also have started 8-0.

The 8-0 record is the best ever season opening records for both softball and tennis. Each, however, is shy of the all-time program record for consecutive victories: women’s tennis won nine matches in a row during a 15-4 season in 2000-01; softball won 12 straight during its 21-15 season just three years ago in 2007. Baseball, which extended its streak to 10 games this year before dropping a game in California, began the 1988 season 13-0 and had a string of 15 consecutive victories in 1983.

Genevieve Aniello ’13

Drennan ’09 to Play Professional Volleyball in Denmark

Lisa Drennan ’09 will play for a team in Brondby, Denmark for the 2009 season.

Lisa Drennan '09 will play for a team in Brondby, Denmark for the 2009 season.

Lisa Drennan ’09 signed a professional volleyball contract in Europe and will play for a team in Brondby, Denmark for the 2009 season.

Drennan closed out her Wesleyan volleyball career in 2008 with her second NESCAC Player of the Year honor as well as second-team AVCA Division III All-America laurels.

Also named a second-team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in 2008, Drennan ranked among the top five players in Division III for average kills per set for three straight seasons (2006, 2007 and 2008) while leading the NESCAC each of those years as well.  She ended her Wesleyan career ranked second all-time at the college for kills with 1,865 while holding down the top spot for average kills at 4.92.  She averaged 4.70 in 2008 to rank third nationally.  She had a .298 career hitting percentage and averaged 2.73 digs, 0.68 blocks and 0.46 aces per set over her four years.

Drennan is one of three Americans on the Brondby Elite roster, joined by 6-5 middle hitter Jolene Baptiste out of the U. of Arizona, and outside hitter Crystal Ames from Central Washington U. 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.  Many players for the Danish National Team are on the rosters of teams in the Elite Division.

(By Brian Katten, sports information director)