Volleyball's Paige Benjamin Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

March 14, 2003

SEATTLE. - Washington volleyball standout Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) is one of 58 collegiate athletes to receive a NCAA postgraduate scholarship award in the amount of $6,900. The NCAA provided awards to 29 men and 29 women who compete in fall sports in all divisions, which include men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo.

To qualify for a NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent and must have preformed with distinction as a member of their varsity team.

Benjamin is one of 13 division I athletes to receive the award and the only player representing the Pacific-10 Conference. This season, Benjamin led the Huskies to their best finish since 1997 with a 20-11 record en route to a fifth place finish in the Pac-10 (9-9) and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. A first team All-American, second team Academic All-American and first team Pac-10 All-Conference selection, Benjamin became the school's all-time leader in season kills this year with 573 and ranks fourth on the career chart with 1,287 kills. Her 5.31 kills per game average was 14th nationally and second in the Pac-10.

Benjamin concluded her career ranking among the school's top 10 in numerous categories including first in career hitting percentage (.307), sixth in total attacks (3,096), eighth in block assists (266) and ninth in total blocks (292).

Benjamin is currently training with the United States National Volleyball team and is competing in the Mexicali Centenarian Women's Volleyball Cup. The United States claimed the No. 1 seed yesterday, sweeping its pool with a 3-0 mark. Balanced scoring has been the key to the young Americans' success so far in the tournament. Four players are averaging double-figures in points per match, with Benjamin leading the way at 19.7 points per match.

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