Volleyball wins own Eagle Classic tournament
November 1, 2008
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
The Benedictine volleyball team continued to build up a head of steam heading in to next week's Northern Athletics Conference post-season tournament by winning its own Eagle Classic Volleyball Tournament over the weekend. The Eagles climbed above the .500 level with a 16-15 overall record.
In the Eagle Classic, Benedictine showed its mettle from the outset on Friday afternoon. The Eagles were down two sets to North Central College and came back to win the match (20-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-8). BU lost its lone match of the Classic on Friday, dropping a 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 24-26, 21-25) to Adrian College (Mich.).
On Saturday, Benedictine made short work of Carroll University, 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 28-26) before facing Wheaton College, the tournament's only remaining unbeaten team at the time. When the dust had settled, the Eagles had the upper hand on the Crusaders, 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 25-20).
Sophomore outside hitter Kayla Leyden led the Eagles' offensive efforts by averaging 4.6 kills and had a .209 attack percentage for the tournament. Leyden also averaged 2.9 digs per set.
For her efforts, Leyden was named to the Eagle Classic all-tournament team.
Sarah Porod averaged 2.1 kills per game, while Kate McGuire checked in with 1.7 kills per set played.
Defensively, senior Amanda Distasio booked 3.6 digs per game and served up five aces. Sara Olszta led Benedictine with a total of nine aces, followed by seven from Jessica Judge. Olszta averaged 2.1 digs per set, as well.
Judge, a setter, also averaged 5.3 assists per set. Fellow setter Taylor Hoppe, a freshman, averaged 3.8 assists per set.
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.