Lisa Drennan, Wesleyan University
Lisa Drennan completed her four-year women’s volleyball career as the most decorated player in the 25-year varsity history of the sport at Wesleyan.
Capping off her career with her second NESCAC Player of the Year honor and third straight first-team All-NESCAC laurels, Drennan also became Wesleyan’s first American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Second-Team Division III All-American. She had achieved honorable-mention All-America status from AVCA as a junior. She was the only player from a New England college to receive higher than honorable-mention recognition from AVCA in 2008.
Drennan ranked third nationally in Division III for kills per set (4.70) as a senior while also leading the NESCAC for the third year in a row. She was ranked among the top five nationally in Division III in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Over her four years, Drennan amassed 1,865 kills to rank second all-time at Wesleyan. Her average of 4.92 kills per set is tops among all Wesleyan players. She also averaged 2.73 digs, 0.68 blocks and 0.46 aces per set with an outstanding .298 hitting efficiency over her four years. She was a first-team New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) choice and played in the 2008 NEWVA senior all-star classic. AVCA also recognized her as a first-team all-New England selection.
Excelling in the classroom as well, Drennan earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District I First-Team Academic All-America honors and went on to received second-team national honors from CoSIDA, the highest level of achievement ever by a Wesleyan volleyball player. Drennan was Wesleyan’s Hoagland Award winner in 2008-09 as well, signifying the outstanding contributor to women’s athletics at the college.
From 2005 through 2008, Wesleyan enjoyed four straight winning seasons with a cumulative 73-36 record. Hoping to continue her playing career following her graduation, Drennan signed a professional contract and will be playing for a European team starting late in the summer of 2009.