8   Maria Benitez
Maria Benitez

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lincoln, IL

High School:
Lincoln

Height:
5-5

Position:
L


2007 Highlights: Appeared in 62 games for the Huskies as a defensive specialist...recorded 122 digs for the season and averaged 1.97 digs per game...led the team in digs versus Illinois State (Aug. 28) with a career-high 18 in a four-game series...picked up 14 digs in a four-game win against Butler (Sept. 1)...tallied six digs or more in a match on nine separate occasions throughout the season...offensively, scored two aces in a match three times.

2006 Highlights: Appeared in 26 matches and 95 games as a sophomore...was fourth on the squad with 205 digs...had double-digit digs in nine matches...garnered a career-best 16 digs in a five-game win over Miami (Nov. 4)...picked up 10 digs in a three-game sweep of Lehigh (Sept. 1)...totaled 11 digs in a five-game win over Eastern Michigan (Oct. 7)...earned 13 digs in a four-game victory over Toledo (Oct. 13)...gathered 12 digs in a four-game road victory over Ball State (Oct. 14)...had 13 digs in a four-game victory over Ball State (Oct. 27).

2005 Highlights: Appeared in nine matches and 11 games in her rookie season...collected service aces in her first three matches...picked up her first career kill against Eastern Michigan (Sept. 23)...garnered a season-high two digs in the opening round of the MAC Tournament against Akron (Nov. 15).

Prep: Helped lead Lincoln High School to three consecutive 30-win seasons during her three seasons under head coach Charissa L. Howe...graduated as LHS's school record holder for career service points with 632...served as Lincoln's co-captain as a senior, leading the team with 43 service aces and 155 digs while pacing the Railsplitters to a 33-5 overall record...earned first team All-Central State Eight Conference honors for her efforts...took home special mention All-CSEC accolades as a junior after notching 34 aces and 138 digs to help LHS to a 30-5 season and a blemish-free 8-0 conference mark that resulted in a league title...awarded initial varsity letter as a sophomore after leading the Railsplitters to a 31-9 season and a sectional title...racked up career-high 162 digs and 31 aces that season while also notching her first two career kills.

Club Volleyball: Played two seasons for Illini Elite and head coach Chris Belshe...helped lead the Cardinal squad to an 18-1 record in 2003-04.

Personal: Major - Accountancy...Birthdate - July 3, 1986.

Maria Benitez's Career Highs

Three-Game Match

Kills: 1, vs. Eastern Michigan 9-23-05
Attempts: 1, vs. four opponents 2005-06
Hitting Pct.: 1.000, vs. Eastern Michigan 9-23-05
Assists: 2, vs. UIC 9-12-06
Digs: 10, vs. Lehigh 9-1-06
Total Blocks: n/a

Four-Game Match

Kills: n/a
Attempts: 2, vs. two opponents 2006
Hitting Pct:-1.000, at Eastern Michigan 9-22-06
Assists: 2 at Ohio 10-21-06
Digs: 15, at Ohio 10-21-06
Total Blocks: n/a

Five-Game Match

Kills: n/a
Attempts: n/a
Hitting Pct: n/a
Assists: 2, vs. IPFW 9-19-06
Digs: 16, vs. Miami 11-4-06
Total Blocks: n/a

Maria Benitez's Career Statistics

YEAR MP-GP K K/G E TA PCT. A A/G SA SA/G SE RE DIG DIG/G BS BA TOT. B/G BE BHE PTS.
2005 9-11 1 0.09 0 1 1.000 0 0.00 3 0.27 2 1 2 0.18 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 4.0
2006 26-95 0 0.00 3 9 -.333 11 0.12 16 0.17 24 22 205 2.16 0 0 0 0.00 0 2 16.0
2007 25-62 0 0.00 3 7 -.429 4 0.06 12 0.19 9 21 122 1.97 0 1 1 0.02 0 1 12.5
TOTALS 60-168 1 0.01 6 17 -.294 15 0.09 31 0.18 35 44 329 1.96 0 1 1 0.01 0 3 32.5

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