2008
Volleyball upends U. of Chicago

Volleyball upends U. of Chicago
September 10, 2008

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

The Benedictine volleyball team overcame the odds and some pre-match adversity to defeat the University of Chicago, 3-1, by scores of 25-21, 25-18, 18-25 and 28-26. The win ups the Eagles overall record to 4-5, while UC fell to 6-4. But before the first serve had even traversed the top of the net, Benedictine suffered a serious blow to its lineup. Junior outside hitter Sarah Ruzicka came down awkwardly during pre-game drills and injured her knee. Ruzicka was unable to play and the extent of her injury is not yet known. With Ruzicka's injury - not to mention the fact that this same Chicago team had swept the Eagles 3-0 less than two weeks ago at the Dominican Tournament - it would have been understandable for Benedictine to suffer a letdown. In fact, the Eagles did just the opposite. Seniors Sierra Griffin and Amanda Distasio both did their part to reverse their team's fortune. Griffin had six kills and no errors in 13 attack attempts, while Distasio (the team's libero) contributed 19 digs. Meanwhile, sophomore Kayla Leyden had another of her all-around big number games with 21 kills and 25 digs, both team-leading numbers. Leyden had a .302 attack percentage and also served two aces. Setters Jessica Judge and Taylor Hoppe had 22 and 18 assists, respectively. Sarah Porod added 10 kills, three assists and three blocks (two solo), while her sister Celia Porod had six kills, three aces and 11 digs. Judge also served up five of the Eagles' 14 aces.

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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.