The Candor

BenU Beats Concordia-Chicago

Nicole Adams, #15 on the BU volleyball team.

By Brittany Adcox

The Benedictine University volleyball team won their eighth straight match last Wednesday after defeating Concordia University-Chicago in four sets.  The win increased the Eagles record to 8-1 in Northern Athletics Conference play.

Benedictine (15-9, 8-1 NAC) easily took the first set 25-12, but CUC (10-12, 5-3 NAC) answered by taking the second set 25-17.
After a quick recuperation, the Eagles went on to take the next two sets 26-24, and 25-15.

“Game three was close,” said Head Coach Jen Wildes, “but we made plays at the end to finish off that set and it just carried over.  We got off to a good start and never looked back.”

Candice Cuppini led BenU with 16 kills and tallied eight digs on defense, while Nicole Adams had 13 kills and four block assists.  Kaitlin Walsh also added 10 kills.

Abby Sattler had an impressive 46 assists while Kara Zuro led the defense with 22 digs. Molly Kovacich tallying 15 digs of her own.

Team wise, the Eagles had 50 kills, 81 digs and eight blocks.

“It definitely feels good,” Wildes added.  “We are starting to play our best volleyball at the right time and our goal is to keep improving every single day.  All around our game is more consistent…We continue to tweak little things here and there to make sure we are the best team going into the tournament.

“We just need to make sure we are better now compared to when we played these teams the first time around.”

Midway, through the season the Eagles have put themselves on track to accomplish their ultimate goal of winning the conference tournament.

“We put ourselves in a really nice position,” Wildes explained  “We are on track to take the regular season title,as well as the conference tournament.  It’s definitely within our reach.”

The weekend off will help the Eagles to ready themselves for another Northern Athletics Conference match-up. BenU will travel to Rockford College Tuesday, Oct. 18 where they will look to increase their eight game win streak in the 7:00 p.m. contest.