Volleyball players receive NAC honors

Volleyball players receive NAC honors
November 6, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine’s players were rewarded handsomely for their outstanding season on the Northern Athletics Conference volleyball post-season awards list. Benedictine finished the year with a 27-7 overall mark, placing third in the NAC regular season and second in the conference's tournament. Three Eagles – freshman Kayla Leyden, senior Danielle Mikos and senior Angela Vitto – were all named to the All-NAC First Team. Additionally, Leyden (one of just two freshmen on the first team list) was named to the NAC’s All-Rookie Team and cited as the “Rookie of the Year.” Leyden, from Elgin’s St. Edward High School, 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, too. It was the third all-conference honor for Mikos (Reavis H.S.), who had a career season in 2007, as well. The 5’11 middle hitter averaged 3.36 kills and 0.94 blocks per game, while sporting a team-leading attack percentage of .349. Vitto, a setter from Oakridge, Mich., was a repeat member of the NAC first team all-conference list after averaging a sterling 11.09 assists per game, as well as 2.95 digs per game. Junior libero Sarah Flores (Joliet West H.S.) was tabbed on the NAC honorable mention list. Flores averaged a team-high 6.39 digs per game and 0.28 service aces per game.


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.