Benda Breaks School Digs Record

Brennae Benda did not waste any time making Arkansas Tech volleyball history during her senior season as a Golden Sun.

Benda (photographed), who came into the 2011 season needing just 13 digs to become the Arkansas Tech all-time career leader in that category, notched 22 digs in a season-opening loss to William Jewell at the Rockhurst Volleyball Classic in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday.

She surpassed the previous school record of 1,409 digs, which was set by Racheal Urquhart from 2005-08.

William Jewell defeated the Golden Suns 25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, but Arkansas Tech bounced back later in the day to get its first win of the season.

Laura Farney made 14 kills and 14 digs to lead the Suns to a 26-24, 25-20, 25-20 victory over Colorado State-Pueblo.

Farney also achieved a milestone on Friday. She became the 13th Arkansas Tech volleyball player to record 1,000 or more career kills.

Kelly O’Malley added 11 kills in the win over CSU-Pueblo.

The Golden Suns (1-1) will conclude their portion of the Rockhurst Volleyball Classic by taking on Rockhurst at 11 a.m. and the University of Mary at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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