Volleyball claims No. 4-seed with win

Volleyball claims No. 4-seed with win
October 29, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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The Benedictine University volleyball team defeated Wisconsin Lutheran College, 3-1 (25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22), on the road to earn the fourth-seed in next week's Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) post-season tournament. The Eagles are now 13-14 overall and finished NAC regular-season play with a 7-5 record. For its efforts, Benedictine will host No. 5 seed Dominican University at home on Monday (Nov. 3/7:00 p.m.) in the first round of the NAC tourney. The winner of the NAC tournament advances as the conference's representative to the NCAA division III championships. Versus Wisconsin Lutheran, the Eagles parlayed another big match from sophomore Kayla Leyden into a win. Leyden had 20 kills and a .304 attack average. She also had a match-leading 24 digs on the defensive side of the nets. Junior Sarah Porod added 16 kills and three blocks, sporting a match-high .500 attack average. Junior hitter Kate McGuire's 10 kills rounded out the double-digit attack totals for the Eagles. Senior libero Amanda Distasio chipped in 18 digs. Jessica Judge and Sara Olszta had 13 and 12 digs, respectively. Judge also had 27 assists, while freshman setter Taylor Hoppe added 23 assists.


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.