Bailey named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for consecutive weeks
Honors and Awards
2014:Finished the season first on the team with 864 assists, averaging 7.78 per set ... Along with Mary Nilles the duo accounted for 88 percent of the team's assists ...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) ... Tallied 34 assists and 7 digs in a sweep at St. John's (Sept. 27) ... Earned her first BIG EAST weekly award when she was named Freshman of the Week on Sept. 29 for her play against Providence and St. John's...Completed 43 assists and recorded four digs in a win over Creighton (Oct. 4) ... Two matches later she posted 49 assists in a road loss at Butler (Oct. 15) ... Set her career high with 60 assists on 170 attempts in a four set match vs. Seton Hall (Oct. 18). She also posted a career high with 15 digs during the match ... Had a .526 assist percentage in a win at Milwaukee (Nov. 4).
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.