2008
Volleyball goes the distance for win over Marian

Volleyball goes the distance for win over Marian
October 10, 2008

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

Benedictine's volleyball team needed five sets to complete its win over Marian University, 3-2 (25-15, 25-22, 25-27, 19-25, 15-12), on Friday evening. The win kept the Eagles in a second -place tie in the Northern Athletics Conference at 5-2 and helped the team claw back to the .500 level at 11-11 overall. Benedictine faces off versus the NAC's first place team, Lakeland College, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Rice Center. The Eagles appeared to be on cruise control against Marian, winning set No. 1 handily and controlling matters in the second set, as well. However, in the third set, the Sabres won an elongated set (27-25) during which there were several lead changes. The wheels came off the cart for Benedictine in the fourth set with a .118 attack percentage, compared to a .364 average by Marian, forcing a deciding fifth set. Sophomore outside hitter Kayla Leyden led the Eagles with a match-high 23 kills, along with 25 digs. She also had five assists and an ace. Senior libero Amanda Distasio shared the digs lead with Leyden at 25. Freshman Sara Olszta had 17 digs and seven kills. Senior hitter Sierra Griffin pounded down 11 kills. sisters Sarah and Celia Porod added nine and eight kills, respectively. Sarah had four blocks and Celia two on the defensive front. Junior setter Jessica Judge had a match-leading 39 assists. Freshman setter Taylor Hoppe added 19 assists. Judge also served up four of the Eagles eight aces in the match.

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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.