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Lauren Benward Biography
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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Career: Ranks 10th in Arizona history with 315 career assists.

2000: Appeared in 18 games ... Dished out 10 assists in three games at the Wildcat Classic ... Collected eight assists in three games at SDSU Diggin It tournament.

1999: Appeared in 16 matches as a back-up setter and defensive specialist ... Cats went 6-1 in her seven starts as setter ... Sixth on the club with 11 starts ... Led Arizona in assists eight times and in digs once ... Started at setter on the Cats' Oregon trip (11/19-20), posting 11.17 assists per game ... Paced Arizona with nine digs vs. Washington (10/7) ... Recorded a career-high 10 digs at Southern California (9/25) ... Averaged 11.88 assists as starting setter (9/1-4), subbing for Dana Burkholder ... Posted a career-high 51 assists vs. Sacramento State (9/4) ... Had a career-best eight blocks vs. Santa Clara (9/3).

1998: Back-up setter and reserve outside hitter ... Recorded season-high seven digs at Washington State (9/18) ... Posted two assists and two digs at Oregon (10/4) ... Posted only kill vs. Pittsburgh (10/17).

High School: Graduated from Sonoma Valley (Calif.) High School where she played for Coach David Rentz ... Lettered four years in volleyball and once in swimming ... Was a team captain in volleyball as both a junior and a senior ... Three-time first-team all-league honoree and twice earned first-team All-Empire honors ... Named the team's MVP as a senior after being honored as its inspirational player in 1995 and '96 ... School earned the league title in 1994 and '96 and was a four-time runner-up in the North Coast Section ... Member of the California Scholarship Federation.

Club Experience: Competed for the Empire Volleyball Club in Santa Rosa, Calif., from 1995-98 under head coach Chris Lamb.

Personal: Full name: Lauren Benward ... Born: 8/4/80 in Santa Rosa, Calif. ... Major: visual communications/retailing and consumer studies ... Daughter of John Benward and Alexa Wood ... Both parents attended the University of Arizona.

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