Volleyball splits in Day 1 at IWU Tournament

Volleyball splits in Day 1 at IWU Tournament
September 5, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine's volleyball team earned a split of its two matches on the first day of the Illinois Wesleyan University/Barker Fall Classic tournament. Overall, the Eagles are now 2-4 on the year. To open the tourney, Benedictine was felled by host Illinois Wesleyan, 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17). In match two of the day, the Eagles avenged last weekend's loss to Dominican University with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 26-24) sweep of the Stars. In the IWu match, sophomore Kayla Leyden (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward's H.S.) had 12 kills and 12 digs. Teammate Sarah Porod (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West H.S.) had six kills and four blocks. Senior Amanda Distasio (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley H.S.) and junior Sarah Ruzicka had 18 and eight digs, respectively. In the Dominican victory, The trio of Ruzicka, Leyden and junior Katie McGuire (Bridgeview, Ill./Argo Community H.S.) led the assault. Ruzicka booked 12 kills, while Leyden and McGuire added 10 kills apiece. Benedictine will continue play in the Barker Fall Classic on Saturday versus the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (12:15 p.m.) asnd Eureka College (2:30 p.m.).


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.