|Volleyball Starts With Second Sweep of Season|
Senior Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) led Charlotte with 14 kills, getting her career total to 999 as the 49ers swept their second opponent in as many matches this season, taking a 3-0 win (25-22, 25-21, 25-16) over Campbell Saturday morning at the East Carolina Classic at Minges Coliseum. After winning a late five-set match last night over ECU, the Camels slip to 1-1, while Charlotte starts 2-0 after Friday afternoon's sweep over Bethune-Cookman. The 49ers have won four matches in a row, dating back to the 2011 season.
The 49ers got down 4-1 in the opening set, and trailed until a 7-1 run gave the Niners a 10-9 lead, which included kills from freshmen Mireya Braxton (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence HS) and Carly Ochs (Town and Country, Mo. / St. Joseph's Academy) to take the early lead.
The two teams played it close the rest of the way until, with the score tied at 21, the 49ers ended on a 4-1 run, which included three kills from Rouse for the 1-0 set lead.
An early 5-0 run in the second set gave the Camels another lead, and the Niners trailed for most of the second stanza until a 12-4 rally to finish out the set, which included three kills from junior Amanda Videmsek (Highland Heights, Ohio / Beaumont School) and four more kills from Ochs, including Charlotte's last two for the big match lead.
The Niners scored the first four points in the third and jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Charlotte led by as many as 10 in the set and never trailed to the victory.
The 49ers outhit the Camels .312 to .165, including a .412 clip in the second and .419 frame in the third.
Videmsek and Ochs had 13 kills each, with senior setter Lily Vera (Anderson, S.C. / Stone Bridge HS) garnering 44 assists, one shy of a career record. Charlotte outpaced the Camels in digs as well, 50-40, with senior libero Jenna Litoborski (Lemont, Ill.) leading the way with 16.
Charlotte was blocked only once at the net, with the 49ers turning in four blocks, with Vera and Videmsek each collecting three block assists in the match.
The 49ers finish off the weekend against the host Pirates Saturday night at 7 p.m. and a chance for a weekend sweep. Charlotte has not swept an opening weekend since 2008.
NOTES: With one kill in tonight's session, Rouse would become the 17th player in program history to reach the four-digit kill mark.