6 Amy Benz
6 Amy Benz
Height: 6-3
Year: Senior
Hometown: Tiffin, OH
High School: Old Fort
Position: MH

Simply put, Amy Benz is not only one of the top middles in the Horizon League, but one of the best players. A two-time first team All-Horizon League selection and one of the most accurate hitters in the league, she has the ability to terminate points at the net, while also providing the Vikings with a defensive presence because of her blocking ability. Now a senior, Benz will be asked to carry an even bigger role in the offensive scheme and lead CSU's frontline defense.

2009 Season (JUNIOR)

• Was one of two players to start all 34 matches and one of three to appear in all 122 sets.

• Ranked third in the Horizon League in hitting percentage (.311) and ninth in blocks (0.96). Had multiple blocks in 31-of-34 matches.

• Selected to Horizon League All-Tournament team after averaging 13.5 kills and 3.0 blocks in two matches.

• Had 15 kills and four blocks in league semifinal win over UIC (11/21), hitting .444 (15-3-27).

• Hit .542 (14-1-24) against Green Bay (10/11).

• Recorded 13 kills while hitting .391 vs. UIC (10/2).

• Finished with 15 kills and seven blocks versus Bowling Green (9/18).

• Notched 13 kills and hit .579 (13-2-19) with four blocks versus Wright State.

• Tallied a season-most 16 kills in win over Syracuse (9/5).

• Had 14 kills and zero errors in 19 attempts (.737) at Robert Morris (9/1).

2008 Season (SOPHOMORE)

• Selected to the All-Horizon League first team for the second straight season after becoming the lone player to start all 30 matches.

• Led the Horizon League in hitting percentage (.303), while finishing third in the league and 95th in the country in blocks (1.06).

• Posted 125 blocks, tied for the seventh most in a season at CSU, while her 112 block assists were the sixth most in a single season.

• Voted to Horizon League All-Tournament team after averaging 12.3 kills and 6.3 blocks per match, while hitting .402 (37-4-82).

• Hit .667 (17-1-24) in victory at Kent State (11/29) in season finale.

• Recorded 12 kills in league title match vs. Milwaukee (11/23).

• Had 16 kills and no errors in 28 attempts (.571) with 10 blocks in league semifinal win over Valparaiso (11/22) for lone double-double of season.

• Named Horizon League Player of the Week on Nov. 17 after tallying nine kills and eight blocks in win at Youngstown State (11/14).

• Hit .412 with 15 kills and nine blocks at Wright State (9/26).

2007 Season (FRESHMAN)

• Was one of 15 Division I freshmen to be named to Collegiate Volleyball Update's Rising Stars team.

• Voted to All-Horizon League first team and earned Horizon League Newcomer of the Year honors.

• MVP of the league tournament, averaging 9.7 kills and 4.3 blocks per game, hitting .366 (39-9-82).

• Led the league and ranked 81st in the nation in hitting percentage (.334), ranking second in the league and 21st in the country in blocks (1.50).

• Tallied 184 total blocks and 159 block assists, the second most in CSU history in both categories.

• Tallied first career double-double with 12 kills and 11 blocks at Wright State (9/14).

• Recorded another double-double with 11 kills and 11 blocks at Valparaiso (10/2).

• Had career high 20 kills at Milwaukee (10/19).

• Amassed career-best 14 blocks vs. Valparaiso (11/3).

High School

• Two-time All-Ohio selection, including a first team pick as a senior when she led Old Fort to sectional, league and regional championships.

• Three-time all-district and all-league honoree.

• Lettered in volleyball three seasons under the guidance of coach Nancy Hoover, helping team to a combined 60-14 from 2004-06.

Personal

• Born Feb. 7, 1989 in Kettering, Ohio.

• Daughter of Debbie and Roger Benz.

• Has one older brother, Matthew.

• Earned CSU's Athletic Academic Excellence Award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

• Accounting major.