Eagles Volleyball on a Hot Streak

By Jessica Carrillo

Sophomore Candice Cuppini of the BenU volleyball team.

Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Benedictine Eagles continued their winning streak this weekend after defeating Edgewood College and Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Northern Athletics Conference matches.

Friday, the Eagles won their sixth straight match when they beat Edgewood 3-1.

BenU defeated EC in their first set 25-23, but EC answered back taking the next game 25-23.

Sets three and four were dominated by Eagles offense. BenU went on to win 25-21 and 25-14; outhitting EC with a .204 hitting percentage and holding them to a negative hitting percentage.

Sophomore Candice Cuppini led the Eagles offense with 15 kills, which accompanied by Kara Zuro’s defense with a season high of 23 digs.

The win could have been due to being positive mentally, as Eagles Head Coach Jen Wildes and the team were confident facing their opponents with how well they’ve been performing.

“There was no extra pressure going into the weekend games,” stated Wildes. “We’ve been playing really good volleyball lately.”

The Eagles went on to extend their winning streak to seven straight games on Saturday afternoon after they defeated Maranatha Baptist Bible College in three straight sets.

BenU hit .344 as a team, out-hitting Maranatha 40-25 while out-digging on defense them 38-28. The Eagles totaled 14 team blocks and held the Crusaders to only six.

Cuppini led the Eagles on offense yet again with 14 kills alongside junior Kaitlin Walsh, who had 11 kills and five block assists. Zuro and junior Meagan Kmieciak both had 10 digs on defense.

“We took good care of the ball over the weekend,” said Wildes. “We had a high hitting percentage and served tough against our opponents.”

With the win over MBBC, the Eagles moved to 14-9 on the year and 6-1 in NAC action.

The Eagles will continue with NAC matches on Wednesday night when they travel to Concordia University-Chicago. They are hoping to increase their winning streak to eight games.

“We have four conference matches coming up,” explained Wildes. “We’re just taking the games one at a time and focusing on ourselves. I don’t think we’ve hit our peak yet.”