2007
Vizza earns another Academic All-America honor

Vizza earns another Academic All-America honor
November 21, 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 an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American for College Division women’s soccer. Vizza was a second team selection on this year’s honor roll. Vizza was the only player from the Northern Athletics Conference honored on any of the three Academic All-America teams selected for women’s soccer. Vizza was a first team Academic All-America choice in 2006 and is the first-ever Benedictine University female student-athlete to receive an Academic All-America award from CoSIDA. “We are very proud of Kiera for how she has represented Benedictine University,” said head coach Robyn Serge. “She has achieved success on the field without compromising her classroom endeavors. She embodies the NCAA Division III philosophy of being a ‘student-athlete’.” 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. She has been on the Benedictine Honor Roll in every one of the terms during her four-year college career.

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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.