Charlotte volleyball will celebrate Senior Night and honor its pair of outgoing seniors while the program vies for the 12th and final spot into the Conference USA Tournament next weekend with a pair of weekend matches this Friday and Sunday. The 49ers play their final match of the year in Halton Arena Friday, with a 7 p.m. scheduled first service against Southern Miss. Admission for this contest is free. Charlotte then hits the road to finish the regular season at UAB Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The Niners have to win both matches and get two losses from FAU and at least one loss from ECU to claim the final spot into the tournament, which begins next weekend at Middle Tennessee.
Charlotte has won its last two league matches to sit at 12-15 overall, 2-10 in C-USA. ECU has the UTSA and UTEP road trip remaining, while FAU hosts North Texas Friday and Southern Miss on Sunday.
USM is 14-13 overall and a 5-7 in Conference USA. The Eagles are just 2-6 on the road this season. The Eagles are third in the league in assists per set (12.96) and sixth in C-USA with a .231 attack percentage. The Eagles’ points leader, Quinci Hayward, is fifth in the league with 4.06 kills per set.
UAB enters the weekend at 19-12 overall, and has an even 6-6 conference mark. The Blazers are 7-5 at home in Birmingham. The Blazers are third in the league as a team with a .245 attack percentage. They are also prolific at the net, with 2.5 blocks per set, second-best in Conference USA. They sport a trio of Top Five statistical performers so far this season, with Sam Skinner’s 4.73 kills-per-set average ranking second. Setter Becca Howard is also second in C-USA with 11.45 assists per set and Blazers libero Rachel Fairbanks is third in conference with 4.95 digs per set.
Charlotte’s Michelle Hovey (Raleigh, N.C. / Lighthouse) is the only player in conference with over five digs per set. She became the second player in team history to break the 500 digs mark for the season. She has 509 digs, second-most in team history in a single season and needs just 24 to reach second place in program history. Senior Amanda Videmsek (Highland Heights, Ohio / Beaumont School) also reached the 1,000-kill plateau after a career-high 26 in Sunday’s win at East Carolina. She is the 18th player in program history to put her name on that career list at Charlotte. Fellow senior Taylor Cannon (Elizabeth City, N.C. / Camtech HS) will be honored, along with Videmsek, in a pre-match ceremony to commemorate their last home match for Charlotte. Cannon is currently 20th all-time at Charlotte with a career attack percentage of .238 after 72 career matches.
There is a 4 p.m. home men’s basketball game in Halton Arena, so volleyball fans are advised to be aware of potential traffic and parking delays entering campus. Should there be delays in the conclusion of the basketball game, or delays in getting the arena transitioned for volleyball, including the movement of the goals off of the floor, the teams will be required to have a 30-minute warm-up period on the game floor. The ceremony honoring the two seniors will take place right before the start of play.