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WVBs Hayley Benson Named Academic All-MAC

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: December 20, 2013
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   MUNCIE, Ind. - - Ball State women’s volleyball redshirt sophomore middle blocker Hayley Benson (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) has been named to the 21-member Academic All-Mid-American Conference Volleyball Team as announced this afternoon by the league office.

   A business major with a 3.871 grade-point average entering the fall semester, Benson earns Academic All-MAC honors for the first time in her career. She played in all 32 matches for the Cardinals this past season, making 31 starts. Benson ranked third in the MAC with a .353 attack percentage, while blasting double-digit kills in 11 matches, including a career-high 17 versus Toledo (Nov. 7).

   An All-MAC First Team selection, Benson also racked up a Ball State rally scoring era record 14 total blocks versus SMU (Sept. 21), with career highs of five solo blocks and nine block assists. She hit .350-or-better in 15 of Ball State’s 32 matches, helping guide the Cardinals to a 24-8 overall record and a share of the MAC West Division Title.

   Over the course of the 2013 season, Benson was also named MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week (Nov.5), MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 23), to the College of Charleston Holiday Inn Classic All-Tournament Team and to the USF All-Tournament Team.

   To earn Academic All-MAC status, a student-athlete must excel in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and participate in at least 50 percent of the contests for their particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

   In addition to Benson’s honor, four Cardinals earned honorable mention Academic All-MAC status; senior right side Lauren Grant (Eagan, Minn./Eastview/Cincinnati), senior outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North), sophomore setter/outside hitter Jenna Spadafora (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) and sophomore defensive specialist Kati Vasalakis (Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown).

2013 Volleyball Academic All-MAC (21 Members)
Hayley Benson, Ball State

Laura Avila, Bowling Green
Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green
Erica Fullenkamp, Bowling Green
Kaitlyn Skinner, Bowling Green
Kaitlyn McIntyre, Central Michigan
Hannah Herc, Kent State
Kelly Hutchison, Kent State
Jenny Ingle, Miami
Meg Riley, Miami
Sarah Angelos, Northern Illinois
Justine Schepler, Northern Illinois
Mackenzie Roddy, Northern Illinois
Abby Gilleland, Ohio
Kelly Lamberti, Ohio
Dakota Harkins, Toledo
Adria Pryor, Toledo
Lauren Rafdal, Toledo
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan
Lexie Pawlik, Western Michigan
Ave Stout, Western Michigan

Honorable Mention
Alex Cocklin, Akron

Jill Paluch, Akron
Kelsey Wilson, Akron
Lauren Grant, Ball State
Kati Vasalakis, Ball State
Jenna Spadafora, Ball State
Kylee Baker, Ball State
Kelsey Bates, Bowling Green
Libby Dachenhaus, Bowling Green
Ashley Dunn, Bowling Green
Paige Penrod, Bowling Green
Carissa McKenna, Buffalo
Amber Hatchett, Buffalo
Jenna Coates, Central Michigan
Kelly Maxwell, Central Michigan
Alyssa Davis, Eastern Michigan
Kelsey Jones, Eastern Michigan
Stacey Perinar, Eastern Michigan
Paige Roback, Eastern Michigan
Erin Short, Eastern Michigan
Corynne Smith, Eastern Michigan
Lauren Engleman, Kent State
Kaylee Koller, Kent State
Sarah Mills, Kent State
Aleksandra Nowak, Kent State
Bridget Wilhelm, Kent State
Annie Reiswig, Miami
Tori Clifford, Miami
Emily Paschke, Northern Illinois
Lauren Zielinski, Northern Illinois
Liis Kullerkann, Ohio
Jordan Kielty, Toledo
Becca Reidy, Toledo
Gillian Asque, Western Michigan
Claire Gerwig, Western Michigan

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