With their respective seasons ending, a pair of senior days are in store for the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s soccer and volleyball teams. MSoc will be saluting five outgoing players Saturday when the team takes on George Washington at 5, while volleyball will be honoring four of their own prior to Sunday’s match against Xavier. Without further ado, let’s take a look at this group of student-athletes as they say goodbye to Niner Nation.
It’s far from the last time that we will see Charlotte’s senior quintet at Transamerica Field (with the Niners hosting the A-10 tournament next week and a possible NCAA home contest if they can take the league title), but GW marks the final home regular season match. Each of them have had an impact on the program in years past, as well as this season. Jennings Rex, a stable offensive talent throughout his career, has eight goals to lead the Niners, while Donnie Smith (four goals, eleven points) is a key contributor as well. Midfielders Owen Darby and Isaac Caughran have been fixtures in the starting lineup this year, and defender Aaron Weldon has provided leadership to an absolutely stingy defense that has allowed only thirteen goals all year. Of course, Smith and Caughran will be forever remembered for their PK heroics in the run up to the College Cup final last season–and it would be fitting for all five of these players to go out as national champions.
Jenna Litoborski, Shannon McClean, Bianca Rouse and Lily Vera would have preferred a lot more wins in their senior campaigns than losses in what has been a disappointing season, but they will all be hard to replace considering their accomplishments. Rouse leaves the program with one of the highest kill totals in program history (1,234 and counting–good for 9th overall right now), while Litoborski, despite an injury a couple of years back, departs as one of the better defenders on the team during her tenure (currently at 359 digs, tops on the squad). Vera, in her first year as a consistent starter, hasn’t disappointed–she’s set to go well over 700 block assists and 100 digs this year–while McClean emerged as a viable threat as a server last year (30 service aces last year, 15 so far this season). The volleyball team takes on #14 Dayton on Friday night before Senior Day against Xavier, their final A-10 home match, on Sunday.