Charlotte volleyball finishes its second-longest road swing of the season with its third-straight road match in the Atlantic 10 Conference Saturday night in a 7 p.m. match versus George Washington.
The 49ers (6-8) and Colonials (10-5) both were swept in road matches at Saint Louis and Duquesne last weekend. The Niners fell 3-1 on Friday night and lost in a fifth-set tiebreaker Sunday to Duquesne. The Colonials dropped a 3-1 Friday decision to the Dukes before being swept on Sunday by the Billikens. The two teams are among the four which started 0-2 in league play.
George Washington defeated Loyola of Maryland Wednesday night before hosting the Niners on Saturday. GW snapped a five-match losing skid, after starting the season with ten consecutive wins. Charlotte has dropped its last four matches, all road contests. The Charlotte match will be the first of five in a row for the Colonials, while the Niners will host their next four matches in Halton Arena.
The 49ers are 5-7 against George Washington since joining the league in time for the 2005 season. Charlotte won its first of six trips to Washington, D.C., dropping the last five. The two team have split the previous four meetings, with each tem defending the home court in the series in that span.
Charlotte has been led on offense this season by junior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS), who has amassed 180 kills this season (3.21 per set). She was sixth in the league in kills per set after last weekend's play. Rouse registered her team-best sixth double-double of the season on Sunday, with 18 kills and 19 digs in the match at Duquesne.
Charlotte junior Shannon McClean (Cypress, Tex. / Cy-Woods HS) is currently second in the conference with 0.39 service aces per set. Her 20 aces matches those from freshman libero Savannah Clark, who is fourth with 0.38 aces per set.
Charlotte has one of two players with at least one block per set this season. Freshman Savannah Gaster (Johnsonville, N.C. / Johnsonville HS) is averaging 1.04 blocks per set for the Niners this season. GW's top blocker is sophomore Jamie Armstrong is blocking fifth in the league, at 0.92 per set this season.
Colonials junior Lauren Whyte is second in the conference with 3.92 kills per set, tallying 192 in 49 sets this season.
GW leads the league in service aces, with 90 (1.70 per set) so far this season. Charlotte is fourth in the league with 117 blocks (2.10 per set) in 2011.
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