Senior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) had a double-double in her thirs-straight match, but errors sabotaged the Charlotte 49ers volleyball squad on Saturday afternoon against East Tennessee State in a 3-1 loss at the Clemson Classic. Charlotte slips to 3-2, while the Bucs improve to 6-1.
The 49ers committed 31 errors to just 14 for the Bucs, with attack percentages telling the tape. The Bucs outhit the Niners .227 to .135 in the match, despite a lead of .385 to .207 after the opening frame for Charlotte.
Rouse registered a kill for the first point of the match, and Charlotte never trailed in the opening set, gaining a pair of seven-point leads, including the final tally. Freshmen Mireya Braxton (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence HS) and Carly Ochs (Town and Country, Mo. / St. Joseph's Academy) both added three kills for the 49ers.
Charlotte got out early again, to the tune of a 5-1 lead, but the Bucs did not fold up, surging ahead for their first lead at 9-8 and gathering a pair of five-point leads and going up by as many as nine at 24-15.
The Bucs put together a pair of 4-0 runs and recorded a 7-0 run late to take a 24-14 lead. The Niners managed a 6-0 run at that point, but ETSU got a kill on their seventh set point to take a 2-1 sets lead.
The fourth set was the tightest of the match, with Charlotte holding a one or two-point margin most of the way, but with the score tied at 21, the Bucs took two in a row and held off the 49ers to take the match victory.
Rouse collected her third-straight double-double and moved up three spots on the all-time Charlotte career kills list after a 16-kill, 17-dig performance. Ochs led the team and had the second-best attack percentage of the match with 11 kills and two errors in 22 attempts for a .409 attack percentage. Junior Amanda Videmsek added 10 kills for Charlotte. Four different 49ers tallied double-digit digs. Senior Jenna Litoborski (Lemont, Ill.) had 15, with junior Christian Drake (Green, S.C. / Riverside HS) adding 11 and freshman Michelle Hovey (Raleigh, N.C. / Lighthouse) putting up a career-high 10.
The 49ers will take on Chattanooga to finish out the weekend, with first service scheduled for 6 p.m.
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