Charlotte volleyball surged late, but could not overcome a tough Florida Atlantic team in a 3-1 road loss (25-21, 25-16, 18-25, 25-21) at the FAU Arena in Boca Raton, Fla. Sunday afternoon. Charlotte falls to 10-7, 0-2 in Conference USA, while the Owls get their first league win and improve to 8-6, 1-1 in league play.
The first set went back and forth, with five ties and a pair of lead changes, but the Owls put together a crucial 7-1 run in the late stages to push ahead and win the opening set. FAU came out hot, hitting .343 in the first frame.
The teams traded the first two points of the second set, but after leading 2-1, FAU never lost the lead again in the remainder, hitting an astounding .433 in the stanza, taking a 2-0 sets lead to the locker room at intermission.
The third set was nearly the opposite of the second, with Charlotte taking a 2-0 lead, FAU tying it at five, but Charlotte not trailing after that. The 49ers had their best set of the match, outhitting the Owls .333 to .103 to win the lone set of the afternoon.
The fourth set featured eight ties and three lead changes, but most of the action was late, as Charlotte held the lead all the way until FAU tied it at nine in the frame. At that point, the lead changed hands a bunch, with numerous ties until the 19-all point of the set, when FAU scored two straight points and finished with a 6-2 run to close out the match.
Senior Amanda Videmsek (Highland Heights, Ohio / Beaumont School) posted her third double-double of the season with team highs in kills (14) and digs (11). She is the first 49er to 200 kills this season, at 202. Freshman Claire Kreuz (Boerne, Tex. / Samuel Champion HS) produced 10 kills and a .400 attack percentage in the contest. Senior Taylor Cannon (Elizabeth City, N.C. / Camtech HS) was in on six of the team’s 12 blocks in the match, one off the season-high total.
Sophomore setter Britney Leigh Held (Brookfield, Wis. / Brookfield Central HS) posted 39 digs, three kills, four digs and three blocks in the match. Sophomore libero Michelle Hovey (Raleigh, N.C. / Lighthouse) added 10 digs for Charlotte, pusher her over 300 for the season.
The 49ers return to Halton Arena next weekend for their conference home-opening matches. Charlotte hosts Louisiana Tech Friday night at 7 p.m. before bringing in Tulane Sunday for a 1 p.m. tilt.
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