A gallery of photos of Meryl Bender from the 2008 season.
Career Honors Honorable mention Academic All-MAC (2008).
As a Junior (2009) Third on the team in assists ... Led the team in digs on three occasions with a team-high 10 in a win over Ball State ... Reached double digits in digs six times, three times during MAC play ... Recorded a career-high 16 digs in a contest against Indiana ... Had the first two kills of her career against Missouri State and Ball State ... Had a career-high five assists in the MAC Tournament Championship match against Western Michigan ... In non-conference action, had 14 digs against Northern Iowa and 13 against Delaware ... Had three-consecutive conference games of 10 digs or more against Miami, Toledo and Ball State.
As a Sophomore (2008) Honorable mention Academic All-MAC ... Led Ohio in aces eight times and digs on four occasions ... Reached double figures in digs eight times, including the last three matches of the season ... Tied for ninth at the MAC Tournament with an average of 0.40 aces per set ... Collected 10 digs and an ace against Yale in the first round of the NCAA Championship ... Tallied 12 digs in the win over Western Michigan in the final of the MAC Tournament ... Fired a career-high three aces in the sweep of Ball State in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament ... Led the Bobcats with 11 digs in the home sweep of Kent State ... Had 14 digs in the home win over Bowling Green ... Registered career highs of 15 digs and three assists against Western Michigan ... Finished with 13 digs in the victory over Syracuse ... Posted six digs, a pair of aces and an assist in the season opener against No. 6 UCLA.
As a Freshman (2007) Played in seven matches and nine games ... Totaled five digs, including two against Alabama in the Shamrock Invitational ... Had a pair of assists on the season.
Prior to Ohio An all-county, all-conference and all-state selection ... Led team in service aces in three of her four years ... Totaled 308 digs and 74 aces as a senior in 2006.
Personal Born Nov. 6, 1988 ... Daughter of Jeff and Connie Bender ... A communication studies major.