Volleyball rebounds with win at Maranatha Baptist

Volleyball rebounds with win at Maranatha Baptist
October 4, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine used the attacking of sophomore Kayla Leyden and the defense of senior Amanda Distasio to lead a 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 29-27, 25-21) win at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wis. The win improved the Eagles to 10-11 overall and 4-2 in the Northern Athletics Conference. Leyden smashed down a match-high 24 kills. She made just three errors in her 52 attempts for an impressive .404 attack percentage for the match. Leyden also served up three of her team's nine aces, while also contributing heavily on defense with 12 digs and seven blocks in the match. Meanwhile, Distasio had a match-leading total of 20 defensive digs. Kate McGuire, a junior, added nine kills and two blocks. Freshman setter Taylor Hoppe had 23 assists, while junior setter Jessica Judge gave off 18 set assists of her own.


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.