Benedict, Fort Valley State outsides combine for record offensive performance

Photo courtesy of Fort Valley State athletics

Benedict outside attacker Ras Jesse Delancy and Fort Valley State outside attacker Isaiah Fedd combined for a single-match offensive performance unlike any other in NCAA men’s volleyball recent history.

Delancy and Fedd in Bendedict’s five-game victory against Fort Valley State on Friday became the first pair to have at least 30 kills in the same match since NCAA stats started tracking single-match men’s volleyball top performances in 2017.

Delancy finished with a match-high 36 kills on 83 attack attempts in the 25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 14-25, 21-19 conference victory, including leading all players with eight kills during the final game. The sophomore from the Bahamas also had three consecutive kills as part of a 5-0 run to help Benedict (8-6, 5-3 SIAC) overcome a 12-8 deficit in the fifth game and win in overtime.


Fedd led Fort Valley State (5-15, 2-2 SIAC) with 30 kills on a .429 attack percentage and had seven kills in three of the five games. The freshman in the fifth-game overtime had kills on two Benedict match-point opportunities and had an ace before committing an attack error to end the match.

This is the second time Fedd finished a match with at least 30 kills. Fedd had a season-high 33 kills in a five-game overtime loss to King in January.

Delancy entered this match leading the nation with a 5.51 kills per game average and has at least 30 kills three times this season. The outside attacker had 35 kills in a victory against Truett-McConnell in February and 33 kills in a four-game conference victory against Kentucky State.

Benedict with this victory moves into sole possession of third place in the SIAC and within two matches of first-place Edward Waters.

Fort Valley State drops into fourth place in the SIAC standings but has the most remaining conference matches of any team in the SIAC.