|Year of Graduation:||1999|
When you look at the Marian women’s volleyball record books the name Nicole Bencal frequently shows up – and for a good reason.
Known for her ability at the net, Nicole’s .376 kill percentage tops the career mark in the Marian record books. She also holds the school record in total blocks with 941, solo blocks with 399 and block assists with 542. Nicole ranks fourth all-time in total kills with 1282.
As a sophomore and senior, Nicole was awarded the Lake Michigan Conference Player of the Year and was a four-year letterwinner. She is a four-time all-conference selection and as a freshman she was placed on the LMC All-Newcomer Team.
From 1997 through 1999 she helped the Sabres to three LMC tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA tournament. In that same time frame Marian enjoyed one of its most successful runs in program history and finished with an 86-21 overall record, including a 36-0 mark against LMC competition.