Volleyball notches two more wins
September 15, 2007
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
Benedictine's volleyball juggernaut continued to roll along, improving to 12-1 overall by winning both of its matches at the Lake Forest Triangular on Saturday. Benedictine (12-1, 2-0 NAC) knocked off regional rival North Central College, 3-1 (30-15, 30-24, 27-30, 32-30), in its first match and bested host Lake Forest, 3-0 (30-17, 30-21, 30-25), in the second match.
Versus North Central - which had received votes in last week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national poll - the Eagles served up 12 aces and had an outstanding defensive effort with 124 team digs. Junior defensive specialist Sarah Flores notched a season match-high total of 40 digs.
Freshman outside hitter Kayla Leyden continued her all-around stellar play. Leyden added 24 digs, while also posting a game-high 20 kills and serving up two aces.
Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Ruzicka had the hot serving hand, knocking down six aces and 10 kills, along with 14 digs. Senior Danielle Mikos had 18 kills and a .368 attack percentage for the match, picking up five block assists, as well.
Senior Setter Angela Vitto took charge of both matches, helping her team to a .253 attack percentage for the day. Versus the Cardinals, Vitto had 56 set assists and added 31 more in the sweep of Lake Forest.
The Foresters did not have an answer for the BU attack, led by Leyden's 15 kills and three blocks. Ruzicka and Mikos each tossed in nine kills, with senior Rachel Sypole contributing eight kills versus LFC.
Flores' 26 digs led the Benedictine defense versus Lake Forest. Vitto also had 15 digs of her own.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.