Volleyball Falls To Charlotte In Nightcap
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The UNCG volleyball team hit just .088 Friday night as the Spartans dropped a tightly-contested 3-0 (21-25, 23-25, 24-26) decision to Charlotte in the final day one match of the Charlotte Invitational at Halton Arena.
The 49ers (2-0) were able to terminate the ball to tune of 42 kills while the Spartans (1-1) mustered just 32 of their own. Charlotte also hit .192 and out-dug the Blue and Gold, 55-49.
Freshman outside hitter Ashley Muench (Hurdle Mills, N.C./Orange) led the offense with 11 kills and hit .250. Sophomore outside hitter Jessica Brezwyn (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) was next with eight kills and a .231 hitting mark. Defensively, junior libero Katherine Santiago (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) racked up 18 digs to anchor the back row. She finished the day with 38 digs in six sets to average over six per frame.
UNCG fell behind 4-2 in the first frame but took its first lead of the match when a bad set by Charlotte made the score 6-5. The teams battled to a 17-17 deadlock late in the set, but the 49ers scored three-straight points to edge in front. A kill by Brezwyn pulled the Spartans within 20-19, but Charlotte ended the stanza on a 5-2 run to win it 25-21.
A kill by Muench afforded the Blue and Gold an 8-4 lead in the second set before an ace by freshman outside hitter Anna Romaniszyn (Port Orange, Fla./Spruce Creek) made the score 12-7 and prompted a 49er timeout. UNCG ran its advantage all the way to 19-13 and led 23-21 late but Charlotte scored the final four points of the frame to take it 25-23 and snatch a 2-0 lead in the match.
After a tie at 10 in the third, the home team went on a 7-0 run to race ahead 17-10. Charlotte looked like it would cruise to the end but, with the 49ers leading 24-20, Charlotte made four-straight errors to keep the Spartans in the set. However, the 49ers recovered and used two-straight kills to seal the match 26-24.
UNCG closes out its portion of the Charlotte Invitational Saturday, facing off against Morgan State at 3:30 p.m. The Bears were swept by East Tennessee State and dropped a four-set affair to Charlotte in their matches Friday.