2007
Repeat after me: Vizza earns another Academic All-District honor

Repeat after me: Vizza earns another Academic All-District honor
November 8, 2007

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

Benedictine University senior women’s soccer player Kiera Vizza (Evergreen Park, Ill./Queen of Peace H.S.) has once again been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 first team for College Division women’s soccer, it has been announced. Because she was selected to the first team of the All-District 5 list, voted on by the membership of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Vizza goes on for consideration on the Academic All-America ballot. The CoSIDA District 5 College Division includes NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools located in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. Vizza was a first team Academic All-America choice in 2006. She was the first-ever Benedictine University female student-athlete to receive an Academic All-America award from CoSIDA. In 2007, Vizza had five goals and two assists from the Eagles’ midfield, as the Benedictine team more than doubled its offensive output from a year ago. She had one match-winning goal, as well. With the BU team fielding several other players with scoring punch in this year’s lineup, Vizza was free to help out more defensively, an area where the Eagles’ also improved in 2007. As a team, Benedictine was 10-5-1 overall and qualified for the Northern Athletics Conference post-season tournament. Vizza is a chemistry major.

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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.