Charlotte volleyball will honor its seniors this weekend as the 49ers wrap up the home portion of the 2011 schedule with a Friday night match against Duquesne and a Sunday afternoon home finale against Saint Louis at Halton Arena. The Duquesne match is at 7 p.m., while the Sunday finale is set for 1 p.m.
The 49ers will honor its three seniors, setter Sheri Davis (Cape Coral, Fla. / Evangelical Christian HS), outside hitter Leah Leventhal (Gainesville, Fla. / Santa Fe HS) and defensive specialist Abbie Rees (Cincinnati, Ohio / Mount Notre Dame HS) in a brief ceremony before the match on Sunday afternoon.
Charlotte enters the weekend in a tie for sixth at 4-7 in league matches. The 49ers are 10-13 overall in 2011. The 49ers hang their hat on blocking and aces, ranking fifth and sixth in the league in those two categories at this point of the season. Junior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) is ranked sixth in the league in kills (3.31 per set) this season. The 49ers have two student-athletes ranked in the top-six in the league stats in blocking. Sophomore Amanda Videmsek (Highland Heights, Ohio / Beaumont School) is fifth in the league with 1.08 blocks per set this season, while freshman teammate Savannah Gaster (Johnsonville, S.C. / Johnsonville HS) is tied for eighth at 0.93 blocks per set this season. Videmsek is second in league matches only, with a 1.32 blocks-per-set average.
The Dukes enter play on Friday with a17-8 overall record, 7-4 and in fourth place in the A-10 standings. Duquesne's Liz Homan is fifth in the league with an attack percentage of .309, while her teammates Allison Foschia and Sara Scheirman sit at eighth and ninth, respectively, in kills. The Dukes have the league's assists leader in Taylor Jones, who has averaged 10.55 assists per set this season. In blocking, Homan is tied with Gaster for eighth in blocks per set. As a team, Duquesne leads the league in assists and digs per game as a team.
Saint Louis sits in second-place tie with Xavier in the A-10 standings, at 8-3. The Billikens are 12-9 overall this season. SLU finds Alyssa Deno fourth in the league in kills per set, at 3.38, and teammate Andrea Beaty is ninth at 3.19 in 2011. The Billikens have the second and third-highest block averages, in Carly Schumacher and Carly Marcum, at 1.15 and 1.13 blocks per set this season. As a team, Saint Louis is second in blocks (2.38 per set) and opponent hitting percentage (0.149) so far this year.
The 49ers will finish out the regular season on the road, at Fordham November 11 and at Rhode Island November 13.