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 located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, email@example.com or visit ben.edu.