Senior setter Sheri Davis (Cape Coral, Fla. / Evangelical Christian HS) put together her first career triple-double in the final match of her career as the Charlotte 49ers volleyball squad needed five sets to win on the road at Rhode Island (22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 16-25, 17-15) in Keaney Gymnasium. Charlotte finishes the season 13-14, and tied for sixth in the conference with the Rams at 7-8. Rhode Island (15-14, 7-8 A-10) wins the tiebreaker over Charlotte for the final berth into the A-10 Tournament in Dayton next weekend.
The five-set win for Charlotte was their seventh of the season, the most of any kind of victory for the team this season. After an 0-6 start in league play, the Niners finished on a 7-2 run to finish the year.
"To finish off the season with two road wins, both five-game battles, was satisfying to a point," said 49ers head coach Chris Redding. "We are bummed to be knocked out of the tournament on a tiebreaker, but we finished strong and held together with these last seven wins and I am very proud of that.
Davis finished with 45 assists, 11 kills and 15 digs in her final match as a 49er, and the first triple-double since setter Courtney Cowles put up 43 assists, 13 kills and 10 digs on Halloween of 2008 at home against Presbyterian. This was the team's second student-athlete to reach a triple-double as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, the first to do it in an A-10 match. It was the 31st triple-double of the season in Division I volleyball, and only the second accomplished by an Atlantic 10 Conference student-athlete.
The 49ers scored the first three points of the fifth, set, only to give up a 4-3 lead after a Rams run. The two teams traded the lead at points four through eight, when Charlotte went on a 4-1 run and take a 12-10 lead. URI tied the set at 13 and 14, before finding match point up 15-14. Junior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) put down a kill and the match was ended after a pair of service aces from junior Shannon McClean (Cypress, Tex. / Cy-Woods HS) gave Charlotte the victory.
Charlotte had 33 errors and was out hit .240 to .190 in the contest, but the 49ers had more kills (67 to 54) and aces (10 to five) than the Rams. There were 37 ties and 19 lead changes in the marathon match, which was the third-longest of the season, at two hours, 19 minutes.
Rouse finished with her team-best 14th double-double of the season with 17 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Amanda Videmsek (Highland Heights, Ohio / Beaumont School) led all players with 18 kills in the match. The match digs leader was Charlotte libero Jenna Litoborski (Lemont, Ill. / Lemont HS), who had 22 digs for the afternoon.
Rouse finishes the season with team-bests of 364 kills and 272 digs, averaging almost 3.5 kills per set and just more than 2.5 digs per set for the season. Davis ended with 873 assists to go with 170 kills and 199 digs.
Davis' 2,816 career assists are sixth all-time in program history, while finishing 34th in digs. Senior defensive specialist Abbie Rees (Cincinnati, Ohio / Mount Notre Dame HS) had seven digs and ended her career with 848 digs, good enough for 25th-best in program history. Rouse ended 2011 with 976 kills, putting her 17th all-time in team history, as she will angle to become the 17th member of the 1,000-kill club next season. Her 3.05 kills per set for her career is sixth-best in team history.