Charlotte volleyball goes back on the road this weekend for a Conference USA Texas swing, playing at North Texas Friday night before heading to Rice for a Sunday afternoon match. The 49ers have not played in the Lone Star state since as a previous member of C-USA, when they played at TCU and Houston in the 2003 season.
Charlotte will be looking for its first league wins of the season, at 10-9 overall, 0-4 in conference play. North Texas, a new member of C-USA, sits at 11-9 overall, 3-1 in the league. Rice is 4-14 overall, 1-3 in C-USA matches.
The 49ers are in the middle of the pack in the league in most offensive categories, while current third in digs in the league. Sophomore libero Michelle Hovey (Raleigh, N.C. / Lighthouse) remains second in the league in digs per set, at 4.97 for the season.
North Texas is slightly ahead of Charlotte in the offensive category rank in the league, but ninth in digs. Camae Dillard is third in C-USA in kills per set, with a 4.03 average.
Rice is near the bottom in attack percentage and blocking, but is tied for fourth in digs. The Owls’ best statistical player is Jillian Humphrey, who is tied for third in the league in blocking (1.16 per set), and is the only Rice player in the league’s Top 20 in kills.
Charlotte has won the opening set once in four C-USA matches, and will look to get off to a hot start in these two road matches. The 49ers have kept the blocking consistent from non-conference to C-USA matches, averaging 2.1 blocks per set all season. The Niners have dropped off in kills and digs per set in league play, and will try to get back to those levels which resulted in a 10-5 start to the season, one of just four league teams with double-digit wins in the non-conference.
The North Texas match (from Denton) starts at 8 p.m. Eastern, while the Rice match (in Houston) takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
Charlotte returns home next Friday for the 12th Annual Dig Pink Match, Friday night, the 18th at 7 p.m. versus Tulsa.