After a lone match last week, Charlotte volleyball hosts a pair of home matches in Halton Arena with three weekends remaining in Conference USA play. Friday night, the 49ers welcome second-place UTSA for a 7 p.m. match. The home stand concludes with Charlotte’s final home Sunday contest, a 1 p.m. contest with UTEP.
Charlotte is 10-14 on the season, 0-9 in league play. UTSA enters the weekend at 16-7 overall, 8-1 in C-USA matches. UTEP is 11-9 overall, and in a three-way tie for sixth at 5-4 in conference. The 49ers have just five league matches left to qualify for the C-USA Tournament, which accepts the top 12 teams in the league.
The Roadrunners, Friday night’s opponent, have won three in a tow, and have only lost to Middle Tennessee in league matches to this point. Five of their eight league wins have been sweeps, including the last two, home to North Texas and at UTEP. The Roadrunners are 6-3 on the road this season and have beaten Charlotte in the only previous meeting, in a 49ers home tournament on Sept. 3, 2005. This is the first time they two programs face off as conference opponents. Senior McKenzie Adams leads the league by averaging 5.40 kills per set. She has more than twice as many attempts as any other player on her team, and nearly as many as the next three combined.
UTEP plays at Marshall Friday night before coming to Charlotte for the Sunday match. The Miners had won three in a row before the league loss at home to UTSA last Sunday. Middle Tennessee is the only team with more league wins that they have beaten this season. The Miners are led by Xitlali Herrera, who is fourth in the league with 4.09 kills per set and 10th in conference with a .320 attack percentage.
Charlotte has played close sets, but has be unable to put it all together in a single match. Three of the four sets in the 3-1 loss Saturday at Marshall were decided by the minimum two points. Charlotte had played 27 of its 87 season sets (31%) to within two or three points, winning just seven of them. Sophomore libero Michelle Hovey (Raleigh, N.C. / Lighthouse) tied her own school record with 38 digs Saturday, pushing her season average to 4.99 per set, second-best in the league. Setter Britney Leigh Held is fifth overall in the league with a 10.44 assists-per-set average.
Friday night’s match is Faculty/Staff night. All members of the University’s Faculty and Staff with a campus ID will receive free admission to the match. Other tickets, which are five dollars for adults, two dollars for youth and under, and free for students with valid University ID, please call (704) 687-4949.
Charlotte’s home finale will be Friday, November 15, with Senior Night following a 4 p.m. men’s basketball game. The home finale is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. against Southern Miss.