2007
Benedictine favored in conference volleyball race

Benedictine favored in conference volleyball race
August 28, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

(story courtesy of Josh Larson, Northern Athletics Conference S.I.D.) VERONA, Wis. -- The Eagles of Benedictine University have been selected to win the 2007 Northern Athletics Conference women's volleyball title, according to the coaches' preseason poll. Benedictine received four first place votes and a total of 155 points in the poll. The Eagles (22-11, 9-2 NAC) finished last season on a winning note claiming the 2006 NAC Tournament Championship with a 3-2 victory over Concordia University Wisconsin. Benedictine finished second in the conference standings and totaled the most wins of any NAC team with 22. Returning to the team will be All-NAC selection Angela Vitto (Muskegon, Mich., Oakridge H.S.) and honorable mention selection Danielle Mikos (Burbank, Ill., Reavis H.S.). Lakeland College has been picked for a second place finish this upcoming season. The Muskies received two first place votes and tallied 145 poll points. Lakeland finished tied for third in the conference standings last season (8-3), and had a .500 overall record at 18-18. The Muskies return All-Conference selection Jessica Sparling (Addison, Ill., Addison Trail H.S.) as well as three honorable mention selections. Aurora University, who received the most first place votes with five, is picked third. The Spartans went a perfect 11-0 in the conference regular season in 2006 before falling in the NAC Tournament semifinals. Aurora(19-14) had won 12 straight matches before dropping three out of their last four of the 2006 season. The Spartans lost two All-NAC selections to graduation including 2006 NAC Player of the Year Sarah Campbell, but return honorable mention selection Andrea Buss (Oswego, Ill.) to the 2007 squad. Concordia University Wisconsin (18-11, 7-4) received the remaining two first place votes in the coaches' poll and are selected to finish fourth. Eleven of the 13 Northern Athletics Conference teams play their opening match of the season this Friday, August 31. The season will conclude with the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament taking place October 30 through November 2, and the NCAA Division III Championship tournament taking place November 8-17. 2007 NAC Women's Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Poll 1. Benedictine University (4), 155 2. Lakeland College (2), 145 3. Aurora University (5), 142 4. Concordia Univ. Wisconsin (2), 134 5. Concordia University Chicago, 130 6. Wisconsin Lutheran College, 82 7. MSOE, 76 8. Maranatha Baptist Bible College, 73 9. Edgewood College, 72 10. Rockford College, 67 11. Marian College, 57 12. Dominican University, 27 13. Alverno College, 23 First place votes in parentheses.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.