Volleyball's Paige Benjamin Is Top-10 Finalist For Minority Postgraduate Scholarship

May 7, 2003

SEATTLE - Washington volleyball standout Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) is one of 10 finalists for the 2003 John McLeandon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship award.

Benjamin, who boasted a 3.84 grade point average in Accounting, 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).

In March, Benjamin was honored with a NCAA postgraduate scholarship award in the amount of $6,900. The NCAA provided awards to 29 men and 29 women who competed in fall sports in all divisions, which included 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.

Benjamin is currently training with the United States National Volleyball Team and is hoping to earn a position on the final National Team roster.

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