Senior Jenna Litoborski (Lemont, Ill.) became the 17th player in school history over 1,000 digs for her career on Senior Day as the Charlotte 49ers fell Sunday in a 3-0 loss (25-23, 25-18, 25-14) to Xavier in Atlantic 10 Conference action. The 49ers honored their four outgoing seniors in a ceremony before the match. Charlotte slips to 10-15 on the season, 2-11 in the A-10. Xavier is 19-9 and locked up second place in the conference and a bye in next week's A-10 Tournament with an 11-2 mark.
Litoborski came in needing seven digs for the four-digit plateau and reached that mark in the opening set.
There were four lead changes and 13 ties scores in the opening set, including as late as 20-20, but the Musketeers secured five kills in the last eight points to take the opening set by two.
The Niners had trouble getting XU off its serve in the second, as the Musketeers had a pair of 5-0 runs in the set and survived a late 8-5 run by Charlotte for the seven-point victory.
The match was tied at all but one point up to a nine-all tie, when Xavier strung together a 9-1 run and pulled away for the match victory.
Litoborski finished with the match-high total of 20 digs and pulled into 16th on the Charlotte all-time career digs list, ahead of Paula Smith (1985-88) with a total of 1,013. She is 25 away from Stacia Brisentine (1992-95) with one match left to play. Fellow senior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) had the team-high total of eight kills. Sophomore Savannah Gaster (Johnsonville, S.C.) had four blocks to tie for the match high and senior Shannon McClean (Cypress, Tex. / Cy-Woods HS) added three blocks to go with her seven digs. Senior Lily Vera (Anderson, S.C. / Stone Bridge HS) led the 49ers with 15 assists.
Charlotte will conclude the 2012 Thursday night at VCU at 7 p.m.
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