Charlotte volleyball heads back to the road for week two of Atlantic 10 Conference play this weekend, with a road trip to the Northeast. The 49ers will play a pair of Rams teams, starting at Fordham Friday night at 7 p.m. ahead of a Sunday afternoon match at Rhode Island at 1 p.m. The 49ers are 8-6, but stumbled to an 0-2 A-10 start with losses at George Washington and Duquesne. Both Rams teams are 1-1, beating La Salle and losing to Temple last weekend.
The 49ers rank third in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.161), assists per set (12.36) and kills per set (13.06) through the first five weeks of the season. The 49ers have faced the second-lowest kills per set and the fewest assists per set of any team in the league to this point.
In Sunday's loss at Duquesne, the 49ers were led in kills by freshmen Mireya Braxton (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence HS) and Carly Ochs (Town and Country, Mo. / St. Joseph's Academy). It was the first time all season that someone other than the team's co-captains, senior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) and junior Amanda Videmsek (Highland Heights, Ohio / Beaumont School) led the team in kills. Videmsek and junior Chrissy Drake (Greer, S.C. / Riverside HS) are the only players on the squad to play in all 50 sets to this point of the season.
The Sunday match was also the first time this season that freshman Michelle Hovey (Raleigh, N.C. / Lighthouse) led the team in digs.
Charlotte is 6-7 in the all-time series against Fordham, with Charlotte winning both meetings last season. The 49ers had lost their first six meetings in the Bronx before ending that streak last season, with a five-set win in the second-to-last match of the year.
The 49ers own a 6-3 advantage in the URI series. Charlotte has won four of the previous meetings between the two teams. Each team lost on their home floor in the pair of meetings last year after Charlotte swept the two matches in 2010 and won the only meeting between the two in 2009.
Following this road swing, the 49ers will play their next five matches, all in conference, at home in Halton Arena. That home stand starts with a Saturday night tilt with new conference member VCU at 7 p.m. That match is Free Youth Night, with all youth ages 17 and under getting in free. For tickets, please contact the 49er Ticket Office at (704) 687-4949.
Welcome to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation!
If you wish to make a contribution to the Annual Giving Campaign or Let Me Play (fundraiser for women's athletics), you can do so online or by calling the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-1047/4950.
This system will give you full access to your own personal account and display donations and pledges to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation.
Please Note: If you have ever contributed to the Athletic Foundation, you have an existing account and should login using that information. Please do not create a second account. If you are unsure of your account status or need your login information, please contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-4950/1047.
If your gift will be accompanied by a matching gift from your employer please do not make your gift online. Contact the Athletic Foundation at (704)687-1047 for information of contributions with a matching gift.
If you are a new member and have not participated in any of the ways mentioned above, please create a new account below and make a pledge to our current campaign.