2008
Volleyball pair named All-NAC

Volleyball pair named All-NAC
November 11, 2008

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

Benedictine University volleyball players Kayla Leyden (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward H.S.) and Sarah Porod (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West H.S.) have been honored on the 2008 All-Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) Team, it has been announced. Leyden was named to the first team All-NAC list, while Porod was a second team selection. For Leyden, a sophomore, this is the second-consecutive season in which she has earned designation on the NAC first team list. On the year, Leyden was arguably the top all-around player in the league as she averaged 4.02 kills per game for the Eagles’ attack and amassed 4.01 digs per game on the defensive side of the net. Leyden was the only player NAC player to be among the league’s top 10 in both of those categories, ranking first in kills and fourth in digs. She also had a team-leading .224 attack percentage (ninth in the NAC)and was second on the Benedictine team with 37 serve aces. Leyden was twice named as the NAC “Student-Athlete of the Week” during the course of the 2008 season, leading the Eagles to a 17-16 overall record on a team that lost four starters from the previous season. In addition to being named All-NAC as a freshman in 2007, Leyden was named as the Conference’s “Rookie of the Year” and selected to the “All-Rookie Team.” She was also an honorable mention All-Midwest Region pick by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (and was nominated for all-region once again in 2008, with the awards yet to be released for this season). “Kayla was very deserving of being named all-conference for the second straight season,” said Benedictine Head Coach Jennifer Wildes. “She was a huge part of our offense and led our team in digs. Kayla did a fantastic job for us all around. She is fun to watch and I look forward to seeing her grow in the next two years.” Porod, a junior, had a career season for Benedictine with 1.80 kills and 0.60 blocks per game. Her attack average was .183 in 673 attempts (second only to Leyden’s 1,301 attempts). Porod also served up 23 total aces on the season. “Sarah did a great job in the middle for us this year,” said Wildes. “ She is a very disciplined player and works really hard. She put up solid blocks which really helped us set up our defense, and she was one of our top offensive threats.”

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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.