2008
Leyden earns NAC weekly volleyball honor

Leyden earns NAC weekly volleyball honor
November 4, 2008

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

Benedictine University sophomore Kayla Leyden (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward Catholic H.S.) has been named as the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) "Student-Athlete of the Week" for the period of October 27-November 2. Leyden led Benedictine to the championship of its own Eagle Classic tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. She had 20 kills in a NAC match at Wisconsin Lutheran College as BU clinched the No. 4 seed for the NAC tournament, and followed that with a 25-kill effort in the Eagles' five-set win versus CCIW power North Central College in the Classic. Leyden had double-doubles in kills and digs in four of five matches last week. On the year, Leyden is averaging 3.97 kills and 3.96 digs per set as one of the best all-around players in the NAC and region.

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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.