For the third-straight season, Charlotte volleyball set a single-match attendance record on Dig Pink night, but the 49ers lost the match in four sets to visiting Butler 3-1 (24-26, 26-24, 25-16, 25-14) at Halton Arena in Atlantic 10 Conference action. Charlotte has lost seven in a row and sits at 8-10, 0-6 in league play, while the Bulldogs improve to 12-8, 2-4 in conference.
The Dig Pink match is the 11th Annual fundraiser for breast cancer awareness at Charlotte. The jerseys worn by the 49ers in tonight's match are a part of an online auction that ends on October 18 (click here for details.)
Charlotte came out to the energy of the crowd and took the opening set 26-24, leading by as many as five in the frame. Senior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) posted half of her team-high 14 kills in the opening set.
There were 13 ties in the second set, with Charlotte's three-point lead of 22-19 the largest margin in the stanza. Butler's Maggie Harbison posted six of her match-high 15 kills in the second set.
Charlotte was held to a .074 attack percentage in the third and had only four kills in the fourth set as the Bulldogs closed out the match. The Bulldogs have held opponents to a .161 attack percentage, third-best in the league. Charlotte was held to just a .123 attack percentage Thursday night.
Rouse broke out of a tie for ninth on Charlotte's all-time kills list. She now stands alone in ninth with 1,186 for her career. Her nine digs nearly gave her an eighth double-double this season. Senior libero Jenna Litoborski (Lemont, Ill.) had the match-high total of 14 digs, with freshman Michelle Hovey (Raleigh, N.C. / Lighthouse) adding 13. Senior setter Lily Vera finished with 38 assists after recording 15 in the opening set.
The 49ers will host the third of this current five-match home stand on Sunday, with a 1 p.m. match versus Saint Louis. There will be a post-match volleyball clinic for youth aged 13 or younger, click here for registration information. Advanced registration is required for this event. Tickets are available through the 49ers ticket office, at 704-687-4949.