Charlotte junior outside hitter Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) was named to the Second Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference squad, officials announced today. In addition, senior setter Sheri Davis (Cape Coral, Fla. / Evangelical Christian HS) was named to the league's All-Academic Volleyball Squad.
Rouse led the 49ers in kills, digs and points per set, finishing in the top 150 in the nation in kills per set. Rouse finished the regular season with 364 kills and an average of 3.47 per set. She finished fourth in the conference in kills per set. Her 272 digs resulted in a 2.59 digs-per-set average, she was one of two players to start and play in all 27 matches this season, as the 49ers turned in a 13-14 record.
"I am very excited and proud of Bianca making the all-conference team," said Charlotte head coach Chris Redding. "She is definitely well deserving of the honor. Bianca has developed into a dominant six rotation player and performs exceptionally well at every aspect of the game. I am even more excited to have Bianca coming back for one more year and I look for even bigger accomplishments from her in the future."
Rouse is the eighth player in seven years of league membership in the A-10 to be named to the first or second team.
Charlotte rallied to end the season, winning seven of nine matches down the stretch, but despite finishing in a tie for sixth place in the league, the 49ers did not qualify for the conference tournament, losing on a tiebreaker for the sixth seed.
Davis is the team captain and serves as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is a public health major with a 3.6 grade point average. She also serves on the Chancellor's Campus Advisory Committee. She finishes her career in sixth-place on the all-time Charlotte volleyball career assists list, with 2,816 helpers as the starting setter for the past three seasons. She was also a leader on the team in helping Charlotte to raise more than $11,000 this season for the Dig Pink campaign, towards breast cancer awareness and research for a cure.
The 49ers lose three seniors from this season's 2011 squad, accounting for 31 percent of kills and 33 percent of the squads digs.