2007
Volleyball improves to 16-1 on the year

Volleyball improves to 16-1 on the year
September 22, 2007

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

You might say it was a perfect day for the Eagles volleyball team on Saturday at the North Park Quadrangular. Benedictine's squad did not lose a game in its three matches and improved to 16-1 overall in 2007. The Eagles defeated host North Park University (30-21, 30-26, 30-21), Kalamazoo College (33-31, 30-17, 30-28) and Hannibal-LaGrange College (30-22, 30-22, 30-27). Versus North Park, Kayla Leyden and Sarah Ruzicka (pictured at right) had 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Senior setter Angela Vitto gave 29 assists and Sarah Flores had a team-leading 21 digs. In the Kalamazoo match, Leyden pounded down 14 kills, had 22 digs and served up five aces. Danielle Mikos was also in double-digit kills with 10. Ruzicka added nine kills, while Vitto had 39 assists. Flores' 23 digs led the team in that category, while Jessica Judge also had five aces. In the Hannibal-LaGrange bout, defense took center stage as Sarah Porod had five blocks, to go along with her seven kills. Mikos added three blocks and eight kills, while Leyden served five aces. Ruzicka had a game-leading nine kills and Vitto registered 25 assists. Leyden was named to the six-member all-tournament team. It is Leyden's second all-tourney honor of 2007, also earning MVP accolades at the Aurora tournament two weeks ago.

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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.