Women’s volleyball enjoyed its fourth straight win last Thursday against non-conference opponent Rhode Island College, 3-0. This was the second time the Cardinals have defeated the Anchorwomen in three straight sets this season.

As has been the case throughout the season, Wesleyan’s two captains, Ellie Healy ’10 and Lisa Drennan ’09, led the team on the court. Drennan and teammate Ashley Farrow ’10 each contributed 10 kills each, while Healy racked up 23 assists. Drennan and Healy currently rank first in the NESCAC in their respective specialties and are also near the top nationally.

The Cardinals, now 19-5 overall and 7-1 in conference play, have just two games left in the regular season, both of which will happen this weekend. The games, versus Tufts and Amherst, are of the upmost importance, as they will determine first place in the NESCAC, and thus the host of the esteemed tournament. Tufts is currently undefeated in NESCAC play (8-0), while Amherst ties Wesleyan with a record of 7-1.

If the Cards win both matches, they will gain the top seed in the conference, whereas Tufts needs only to beat Wesleyan in order to host. Amherst is the least likely to grab the number one spot. Having already lost to Tufts once this season, the Lord Jeffs would have to win both games as well as have Tufts lose to the Cardinals.

“These games are crucial for us,” Drennan said. “We are so excited to have the chance to host the tournament and can’t wait for the weekend.”

All games will be played in the birdcage this weekend, with the most crucial game versus Tufts University coming first on Friday at 8 p.m.

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