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FENNESSEY, WANLESS CLAIM
LEWISTON, Maine Bates College senior outside hitter Lauren Fennessey of Joplin, Mo., and sophomore OH Liz Wanless of Belleville, Ill., have been named to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) team for the second straight year. In addition, Fennessey was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second time.
a senior co-captain, was named to the All-NESCAC second team for the second
year in a row. One of two Bobcats to play in all 127 games this season, she
led the team with 554 digs (4.36 digs per game), second in the conference. She
also led the team with 130 service aces (1.02 aces per game), ranking as high
as 18th in NCAA Division III play. Fennessey was second on the team with 319
kills (2.51 kills per game) and 205 assists (1.61 assists per game). She was
named Most Valuable Player as Bates won the Bridgewater State College Invitational
Sept. 21-22 and was named NESCAC Player of the Week Sept. 24. Fennessey was
also honored by the Maine Volleyball Coaches' Association as the Maine Player
of the Year.
Wanless was named to her second All-NESCAC team, getting second team
honors after earning first-team and Rookie of the Year honors in 2000. She led
the Bobcats and was second in the league with 550 kills and 4.58 kills per game,
18th in Division III. Wanless also topped the team with a .259 hitting percentage
and was second to Fennessey with 75 service aces. Wanless joined Fennessey on
the All-Tournament team at the Bridgewater State Invitational and was also named
to the All-Tournament team at the Bates Invitational Sept. 28-29, helping the
Bobcats to a third-place finish. She was also named to her second All-Maine
The Bates College volleyball team, under second-year head coach Jen Bowman, posted a 24-11 record. The Bobcats tied for fifth in the NESCAC regular season and narrowly missed reaching the finals of the conference tournament for the third consecutive year. Bates has posted at least 24 victories for each of the past four years.
Fennessey is a 1998 graduate of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, Joplin, Mo.
Wanless is a 2000 graduate of Belleville Township High School West, Belleville, Ill.
For more information on Bates volleyball, please visit our web site at http://www.bates.edu/sports/volleyball.html.
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