The Charlotte 49ers volleyball team came close to getting their first Conference USA victory at home this weekend, but came up just short in both matches.
The Niners started off strong in the Dig Pink Match Friday night against Tulsa (18-4, 7-0), playing extremely well for the first two sets before eventually losing in four (25-21, 26-28, 25-20, 25-17). They followed up with a solid performance on Sunday by taking Middle Tennessee (13-7, 5-2) to five sets, but losing in the final set (18-25, 25-14, 24-26, 25-18, 15-13). After the weekend, the 49ers drop to 10-13 overall and remain winless in C-USA play, slipping to 0-8.
Seniors Amanda Videmsek and Taylor Cannon highlighted the individual performances this weekend for the Niners. Videmsek recorded double-doubles in both matches (11 kills/14 digs against Tulsa and a 21 kill/11 dig performance against Middle Tennessee), while Cannon notched a career high against Tulsa with 16 kills. Sophomore libero Michelle Hovey also had a strong showing this weekend, leading the team in digs both matches with 18 and 20, bringing her within four digs for 400 total on the season. Sophomore setter Britney Leigh Held served up 96 assists on the weekend, also adding 19 digs on defense. Freshman Claire Kreuz continues to impress, racking up the third most kills on the team this weekend with 23.
Charlotte will continue to look for their first conference win at Marshall next Saturday for their only game of the weekend. The Niners have six games remaining on the season (3 home, 3 away) before the conference tournament at the end of November.