Benishe Dillard-Roberts, a Kent-Meridian graduate and former star Royal athlete, is going into the Long Beach State University Athletics Hall of Fame for women’s volleyball.
Dillard-Roberts and her NCAA championship team from 1998 also will be inducted at a Nov. 8 ceremony in Long Beach.
One of the most iconic teams at Long Beach State, the ’98 49ers were the first to finish a Division I women’s volleyball season unbeaten, going 36-0 on the way to the national championship. Led by Misty May, Dillard-Roberts and Anja Grabovac, the 49ers were a dominant force, at one point winning 22 consecutive matches without dropping a set.
Dillard-Roberts was the top offensive weapon for the team, leading the 49ers with 405 kills in 1998. She earned All-America honors in 1997 and 1998 and was a three-time All-Big West selection.
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