Leyden earns volleyball weekly honor

Leyden earns volleyball weekly honor
October 6, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine University sophomore volleyball player Kayla Leyden (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward's H.S.) has been named as the Northern Athletics Conference "Student-Athlete of the Week" for games of September 29-October 5, 2008. In three conference matches - during which the Eagles went 2-1 - Leyden averaged 5.09 kills, 5.00 digs, 0.73 blocks and 0.55 aces per set played (11 total) on the week. Leyden made just 12 attack errors in 124 attempts - including zero errors in a sweep over Rockford College - on her way to a .355 attack average. Leyden had kill-digs double-doubles in each match, as well. Among her top numbers on the week were 24 kills and seven blocks versus Maranatha, as well as 25 digs versus Rockford. On the year, Leyden is leading the Eagles in kills per set (3.59) on offense, as well as topping the team in digs (3.90 psp) on defense. She is also averaging 0.36 aces and 0.39 blocks for her 70 sets played in the team’s 21 matches. She has a .214 attack average.


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.