Leyden receives volleyball regional honor

Leyden receives volleyball regional honor
November 10, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine University freshman Kayla Leyden (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward Catholic H.S.) has been named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region honorable mention, it has been announced. Leyden was the Eagles' top offensive weapon on a team that finished the season 27-7 in 2007. Leyden had an amazing inaugural collegiate season. She averaged 4.3 kills, 5.1 digs and 0.56 aces per game, playing in 110 of a possible 119 games. Her attack percentage was .248 and she average 0.37 blocks per game. She was the MVP of the Aurora Invitational, as well as garnering all-tournament accolades at the North Park Quadrangular and picking up one Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) "Student-Athlete of the Week" award. Leyden was also voted first team All-NAC and named to the NAC's "All-Rookie Team." She was also the Conference's "Rookie of the Year" for 2007.


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.