Making her first start of the season, freshman setter Britney Leigh Held (Brookfield, Wis. / Brookfield Central HS) put up a career-high 42 assists as the Charlotte 49ers captured their first Atlantic 10 Conference win of the season in a 3-1 (25-16, 25-16, 20-25, 25-22) home victory over Duquesne Friday night at Halton Arena. The 49ers are now 9-11 on the season, 1-7 in league play. The Dukes are 18-7 overall, and slipped from second alone into a three-way tie for second place in the league standings at 6-2.
Charlotte head coach Chris Redding shook up the lineup, putting two players in for their first start of the year, and another to make her third in 20 matches played in 2012.
Held found fellow freshman Carly Ochs (Town and Country, Mo. / St. Joseph's Academy) early and often, as Ochs led all players with six kills after the first set and eight after the second. Ochs tied the match-high and her career-best total of 13 kills. It was her sixth double-digit total of kills this season and the second time she led the team in that category. The 49ers never trailed in the first set, and only trailed in the early goings of the second to win a pair of 25-16 frames.
Following the intermission, Duquesne countered with a set victory as Charlotte committed 10 errors in that frame and was limited to a .024 attack percentage. Charlotte's co-captains then took control of the match, with senior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) and junior Amanda Videmsek (Highland Heights, Ohio / Beaumont School) turning up the offense. They both finished with 12 kills on the night. Rouse added the match-high total and career-best 20 digs for her team-leading eighth double-double of the season.
Sophomore Savannah Gaster (Johnsonville, S.C.) tallied a season-high six blocks in her first start of the season, as the team racked up a season-high 13 blocks. Senior Jenna Litoborski (Lemont, Ill.) added 18 digs, while freshman Michelle Hovey (Raleigh, N.C. / Lighthouse) recorded 12 digs.
After defeating Charlotte earlier this season, the Dukes still have not defeated Charlotte two times in a row in eight seasons of play in the A-10. The Niners are 7-4 in those conference meetings in the all-time series.
The 49ers will take on George Washington Saturday night at 7 p.m. to finish the season-long five-match home stand. Players will sign autographs after the match. Tickets are free for University students with ID, while remaining seats are available by contacting the 49ers Ticket Office at (704) 687-4949.
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