Charlotte volleyball takes its longest road trip of the season and will fight for a berth to the Atlantic 10 Tournament in the final week of the regular season this coming weekend. The 49ers will take on Fordham Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with women's basketball and then head to Rhode Island in the season finale at 1 p.m.
Charlotte (11-14 overall, 5-8 A-10) trails URI (14-13, 6-7 A-10) by a game for the sixth and final spot in the league standings, with Fordham (7-21, 4-9 A-10) a game behind the Niners in eighth place.
These three teams have a bevy of tiebreaking scenarios ahead of them, but many of them will be settled on the courts over this weekend. George Washington, fourth in the standings entering this final regular-season weekend, plays at Rhode Island Friday night and at Fordham on Sunday.
The three teams involved in this weekend are ranked very closely together in the latest round of league statistics. The 49ers are ranked more than two spots higher by team over Fordham in opponent hitting percentage and aces, and just below Fordham in digs. Charlotte has a decided disadvantage in digs, but shine in the area of blocks with relation to Rhode Island.
Charlotte has won five of its last seven matches, with Fordham dropping 10 of its last 12. Rhode Island won its last two matches after losing four of five.
Charlotte junior outside hitter Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) ranks fifth in the Atlantic 10, averaging 3.42 kills per set this season. Sophomore middle Amanda Videmsek (Highland Heights, Ohio / Beaumont School) is also fifth in the league in a statistical category, ranking fifth with 1.04 blocks per set this season. Senior setter Sheri Davis (Cape Coral, Fla. / Evangelical Christian HS) is seventh in the league, at 8.39 assist per frame. Charlotte's Shannon McClean (Cypress, Texas / Cy-Woods HS) ranks fourth in the league with 0.30 service aces per set this season.
Fordham's Randi Ewing is fifth in blocks, at 1.13 per set.
Rhode Island's top performer, hitter Kayla Wilson, is third in the A-10 in kills average, with 3.80 per set this season.
If Charlotte can capture that sixth and final seed in the A-10 Championships, they would play Friday night, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. against the third-place team in the finals standings, which could be any of four different teams heading into the weekend.