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#1 Nayka Benitez
Position: Defensive Specialist
Height: 5'3"
Year: Senior
City/State: San Juan, P.R.
High School: Adianez
Other College: Western Nebraska CC
2009: Junior at Creighton
• Led team with 516 digs and 43 aces in her first season as a Bluejay.
• Ranked third in the MVC in aces per set (0.37) and seventh in digs per set (4.49).
• Ranked 64th nationally in aces per set and 86th nationally in digs per set.
• Topped team in digs 22 times overall, including each of the first 15 matches.
• Served five consecutive aces in second set of match at Missouri State (Oct. 30).
• Opened her career with 15 digs against Texas Tech (Aug. 28), most in school history for a debut.
• Named to Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team.
• Became only player in Creighton history to post consecutive matches of 30 or more digs when she had 30 at Illinois State (Sept. 26) and followed that on Oct. 2 with a career-best 36 digs in win over No. 25 Wichita State.
• Second-fastest player in Creighton history to reach 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 career digs.
• Had at least one ace in each of the last eight matches.
• Her 516 digs rank third-most in Creighton single-season history and her 4.49 digs per set were fourth-best in school history.

Western Nebraska CC
• Named a 2008 NJCAA First-Team All-America as a sophomore.
• Named All-Region IX both years.
• Led the Division I junior college ranks with 108 aces while ranking fourth with 0.701 aces per set.
• Named to Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska Junior College Team as a sophomore.
• Had 539 digs as a sophomore and 571 digs as a freshman.
• Served a school-record 250 career aces, and also accumulated 1,110 career digs.
• Team went 113-6 in her two seasons, including the 2007 national title (54-2) and a third-place finish in 2008 (59-4).
• Named to all-tournament team at the 2007 national championship.
• Played in 301 sets while at WNCC.
• Coached by Giovana Melo as a sophomore and Chris Green as a freshman.
• Hails from the same junior college as Creighton’s previous libero, fellow San Juan native Bianca Rivera.
• Had been an outside hitter prior to arriving at WNCC and being moved to libero for the first time.

Colegio Adianez
• Attended Colegio Adianez in Guaynabo.
• Played for coach Orlando Pantojas.
• Played club volleyball for Borinquen Coqui and coach Eduardo Morales.
• Named to the PVA Invitational All-Tournament Team in 2007.
• Practiced with the Puerto Rican junior national team in 2006.
• Traveled to Spain to play volleyball in 2004.

Career Highs
Kills    1 (2x)    last at Indiana State    9/25/09
Attempts    3    at Evansville    10/16/09
Attack Pct.    ---    No matches with 5 attempts
Assists    8    at Dayton    9/21/09
Digs    36    vs. #25 Wichita State    10/2/09
Aces    5    at Missouri State    10/30/09
Blocks        None
Points    5 (2x)    last at Missouri State    10/30/09

Creighton Awards & Honors
2009    Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team

More About Nayka
Full Name: Nayka Darlyn Benitez
Birthday: Feb. 8, 1989
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Parents: Heriberto Benitez and Leonor Martinez
Brother: Edgardo (32)
Major: Business Marketing
Favorite Movie: The Blind Side
Favorite Athlete: Angie Oxley Behrens
Favorite Quote: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” (Michael Jordan)
Favorite Vacation Spot: Cancun, Mexico and Culebra, Puerto Rico
Why Creighton: Great atmosphere and love the girls and coaches
Hobbies: Sleep and beach volleyball
Favorite Part of Ryan Athletic Center: The locker room
Favorite Professor: Jim Wingender
Best Volleyball Memory: Serving five aces in a row against Missouri State
Match Day Superstition: Eat M&M’s
Player I Model My Game After: Anivette Rodriguez