Beavers Defeat Charlotte To Win SpringHill Suites Charlotte Classic

Sept. 13, 2003

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Laura Collins recorded her 3,000th career assist while setting up an Oregon State offense that hit .315 en route to a 3-1 volleyball win over Charlotte in the final match of the SpringHill Suites Charlotte Classic on Saturday night. The 30-17, 28-30, 30-22, 30-16 win gave the Beavers the Classic title after going 3-0 in the two-day round-robin tournament.

'It was a really well-played match by us. It was nice to see us get better as the match went on,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'We had a nice transition game, and we had good distribution from the setters.'

Amanda Eggert, Allison Lawrence and Abby Windell were named to the All-Tournament Team, with all three finishing with double-figures in the match with the 49ers. Lawrence, who hit .344 with 13 against Charlotte, finished the weekend with a team-high 42 kills on .367 hitting. Windell hit .462 with a career-high 12 kills against the 49ers, and Eggert posted 11 kills on .409 hitting.

While those three earned All-Tournament Team honors, it was Karah Rhoades who led the Beavers (9-2) in kills in the final match of the weekend. Rhoades turned in a season-high 17 kills to lead OSU for the first time this season. Charlotte (5-5) was led by Abbey Szlanfucht's 14 kills.

Collins dished out 45 assists in the win, lifting her career totals to 3,015 to become the third Beaver setter with more than 3,000 career assists. She also chipped in 11 digs, four kills and two blocks in the win.

Lawrence turned in a solid defensive effort as well, as she had a career-high 26 digs to lead all players. Her previous best was 17, which she had twice earlier this year. Katelyn Healy, who moved to the libero spot for this match, had a career-high 14 digs to join Lawrence and Collins with double-figures. The Beavers finished with a season-high 81 digs, bettering their previous mark of 78 that came in a five-game match against UC Riverside last week. The 49ers finished with 64 digs, led by Holly Kreyling with 16.

The Beavers also outblocked the 49ers, 9-2. Eggert led the blocking efforts with a team-best five solo blocks, and three other Beavers had a hand in two blocks.

OSU plays two matches at home next week to end an eight-match road trip. The Beavers host No. 4 Stanford on Thursday and No. 16 California on Friday in the first week of Pacific-10 action. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.

Match Results

Oregon State (9-2)	    30  28  30  30Charlotte (5-5)       17  30  22  16
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