Charlotte volleyball put together its first win streak in conference play in a 3-0 sweep over La Salle (25-22, 25-12, 25-11) as the two teams played at Gallagher Gym on the campus of Philadelphia University. The Explorers men's basketball program had the conference volleyball matched moved offsite to accommodate their open practice for fans that evening. Charlotte is now 8-12 on the season, 2-6 in league play. The Niners have moved from last (10th) in the league into a four-way tie for seventh in just six days. La Salle is 5-20 on the season, 2-6 in league play.
"I am very proud of our team," said Charlotte head coach Chris Redding. "We traveled on a Friday and played in a neutral location and took it all in stride. We played a tough first set and got better and better as the match wore on. We had a lot of people contribute and I think what I am excited about most was building a win streak, which is what we are looking to do. We haven't been serving as well the last couple of weeks, but we worked on it in practice and we had a much better effort from the service line."
The 49ers put together 11 service aces against just six errors, the first time they have had more aces than errors in a match this season, and the first time in the last 12 matches, dating back to a 15-ace, 11-error performance on September 10 at home against Morgan State. Seven different players tallied at least one ace, with four of the group registering a second ace in the contest.
Junior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) put together the only double-double of the match, with 11 kills and 11 digs. It was her team-leading eighth of the season. A trio of players put up three blocks for Charlotte. Sophomore Amanda Videmsek (Highland Heights, Ohio / Beaumont School), freshman Savannah Gaster (Johnsonville, S.C. / Johnsonville HS) and freshman Laura Cantrell (Millers Creek, N.C. / West Wilkes HS) all led the defensive effort at the net. Videmsek added eight kills with one error in 11 attacks to tie her career-best .636 attack percentage. Defensive specialists Abbie Rees (Cincinnati, Ohio / Mount Notre Dame HS) and junior Jenna Litoborski (Lemont, Ill. / Lemont HS) both added seven digs for the 49ers. Senior setter Sheri Davis (Cape Coral, Fla. / Evangelical Christian HS) paced the 49ers with 24 assists. Junior Lily Vera (Anderson, S.C. / Stone Bridge HS) took over in the third set and tallied nine assists.
Charlotte put together a .256 attack percentage in the match, their third-highest total for the season and best in an A-10 match this year. The Niners held the Explorers to a -.047 in the contest, the first time an opponent came out below zero this season.
"We have a quick turnaround, but so does Temple. We will rest up like they will and we'll scout and gameplan. I look for us to play even better tomorrow night as a team. "
Charlotte heads across town to battle Temple Saturday night at 7 p.m. before returning home Sunday morning.