2014:Made first career start in sweep at American (Sept. 5) and posted 24 assists ... Notched 27 assists and eight digs in five-set loss vs. No. 8 Florida State (Sept. 6) ... Registered eight digs in victory at No. 7 Florida (Sept. 19).
Prior to Marquette (Wakefield H.S.): Benda was a four-time letterwinner and two-time team captain at Wakefield High School, which she helped to its first North Carolina Class AAAA state title in 2013 as a senior .... Cap-8 Conference Co-Player of the Year as a senior, while leading the Wolverines with 979 assists for an average of 10.50 per set ... 2013-14 Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American ... She led the squad to an overall record of 92-12 in four years as a starter at setter and right-side hitter and amassed 2,158 assists in her career ... A three-time all-conference performer at Wakefield, Benda also competed with Triangle Volleyball in juniors ... High school also won conference titles when Benda was a freshman and sophomore ... Participated in the 2013 Girls' Youth A2 Invitational Training Team Program in Colorado Springs, Colo., on July 5-11 as one of roughly 20 setters (graduating classes of 2014-2016) ... She also spent time as a right-side hitter and competed on the swim team, on which she was a two-time MVP ... Attended the same high school, Wakefield, as former Marquette men's basketball All-American Darius Johnson-Odom.
Personal: Benda was born in Raleigh, N.C., and is the oldest of two children to Scott and Patty Benda ... Plans to major in exercise science.