2008
Volleyball's season ends in NAC semifinals

Volleyball's season ends in NAC semifinals
November 6, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

The season finally came to a close for Benedictine's volleyball team as it lost on the road to top-seeded Lakeland College, 3-1 (17-25, 13-25, 25-22, 23-25) in the semifinals of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) post-season tournament. The Eagles end the season with an overall record of 17-16 and were fourth in the final NAC regular season standings. The Muskies used a balanced and more accurate offensive attack to claim the win over Benedictine. Lakeland had a .333 attack percentage for the match, while the Eagles hit just .193 as a team. Benedictine was paced by the 22-kill effort from sophomore Kayla Leyden. Leyden had 60 total attack attempts and made six errors, good for a personal attack average of .267 on the night. Leyden also led the Eagles on the defensive side with a game-leading total of 22 digs. Sara Olszta had nine kills and 10 digs. Sarah Porod, Sierra Griffin and Kate McGuire all added six kills. Amanda Distasio chipped in 19 digs, as well. The setter tandem of Jessica Judge and Taylor Hoppe had 23 and 19 assists, respectively. Judge had eight digs and Hoppe five digs on the defensive statistics. Lakeland will face Concordia University (Wis.) for the NAC tournament title and the chance to represent the league in the NCAA Division III championships.

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