Press Release courtesy of Charlotte Athletics.
A school-record win streak of 10 will accompany the Charlotte volleyball team as they open up Conference USA play Friday and Sunday inside Halton Arena. The Niners will host Marshall in the opener at 6:00 p.m. Friday before welcoming the league’s defending champs in WKU at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Friday’s match vs. Marshall will air on beIN Sports beginning at 8:00 p.m. on tape delay with a full listing of how to watch below.
Charlotte (13-3) has put together one of the best starts in school-history winning the first of their 10 back on September 2nd vs. North Florida. The streak includes a streak of 14-straight sets without dropping one having lost only four sets during the entire 10-gamer. The 49ers have been represented by player of the week honors and all-tournament selections with the last coming to Janell Sparks who won the league’s offensive award and MVP honors at last weekend’s George Mason Classic. Tatyana Thomas and Sydney Rowan, both player of the week’s this season, were also named to the all-tournament team in Virginia.
Rowan leads the team with 198 kills on the year followed by Sparks’ 176. Thomas leads C-USA and stands fifth in the nation with 75 blocks to go along with her 106 kills and team-leading .464 hitting percentage. Jocelyn Stoner and Janelle Curtiss currently rank second and third behind Thomas with 67 and 61 total blocks. Charlotte as a team, continues to lead the country with 186 total blocks. Yumi Garcia has also led the country from day one with 339 digs on the year.
“We’re exhausted and elated,” began Head Coach Karen Weatherington. “We’re super excited about our non-conference play and really pleased with the challenges we saw. I like that we have seen some accolades, but our team knows it’s just for the moment. It’s time for the real work to get started now.”
Marshall (5-10) begins league play winners of two-straight having topped Furman in four and USC Upstate in a sweep last Saturday. Half of Marshall’s losses have come against power five competition in Missouri, Michigan State, Maryland, Tennessee and West Virginia while picking up a sweep of Virginia Tech back on September 8th.
Jac’cara Walker leads the Herd with 203 kills followed by Madison Hill’s 137 and Taylor Pelton’s 100. Madelyn Cole paces the offense with 450 assists while a team-leading 185 digs comes from Jessa Long. Marshall has owned the head-to-head rivalry since Charlotte re-joined Conference USA winning six of their seven previous meetings. Five of those seven have gone the distance resulting in four 3-2 victories for the Herd.
“It’s a wonderful rivalry,” continued Weatherington. “I have so much respect for that program up at Marshall. We’re really looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to us stepping out there and being competitive.”
WKU (13-2) opens league play at Florida Atlantic before coming to Charlotte for Sunday’s matinee. The Hilltoppers’ only pair of losses this season came in back-to-back matches at Louisville and vs. Illinois. WKU was once again the preseason favorite for the fourth-straight year having won the C-USA Tournament in each of their three years in Conference USA. All three have resulted in trips to the NCAA Tournament as C-USA’s lone representative. WKU has swept all three previous meetings with the 49ers.
The Hilltoppers are led by Alyssa Cavanaugh’s 210 kills and .380 hitting percentage. Rachel Anderson is right behind with 166 kills hitting at a .385 clip. As a team, WKU sports a .324 hitting percentage entering the weekend.
“We’re always impressed to play WKU,” finished Weatherington. “They have been a consistent, overall great program for the last 20 years no matter what conference they have been in. We know it’s about a battle and they have some great players. We’re going to give them our best.”
Friday’s match will be available live online athttp://www.charlotte49ers.com with the tape delay beginning at 8:00 p.m.on beIN Sports. Sunday’s match will feature the usual broadcast/live stats online at 1:00 p.m.
beIN SPORTS TV LISTINGS (8pm start)
- DISH: Channel 408 in English and on Channel 871 in Spanish (SAP).
- DIRECTV: Channel 620 in English & HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 426.
- Comcast: Channel 726 in English and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 583.
- Spectrum: Channel 417 in English, beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 443 and beIN SPORTS en Español in HD on Channel 958.
- Bright House Networks: Channel 207 & HD on 1163 and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 913 & HD on 1919.
- Verizon FIOS: Channel 598 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 1538 in HD.
- AT&T U-verse: Channel 1662 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 1663 in HD.
- Advanced Cable: Channel 160 & 659 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 421 & 422 in HD.
- Atlantic Broadband: Channel 157 & 957 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 234.
- Claro Puerto Rico: Channel 1629 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 1630 in HD.
- enTouch Systems: Channel 494 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 495 in HD.
- Hotwire Communications: Channel 392 & 871 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 873.
- Liberty Puerto Rico: Channel 38 & 238 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 39 & 239 in HD.
- RCN: Channel 378 & 579 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 808.
- Cox Communications: Channel 727 & 1371 / 1727 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 372 / 726 & 1372 / 1727 in HD.
- Cablevision Optimum TV: Channel 231 in HD and beIN SPORTS en Español on Channel 230 & 1070 in HD.
- Faculty-Staff Night featuring Free Tickets
- Student Organizations Night featuring Breakfast for Dinner
- Postgame autographs
- Camper Reunion and Postgame Clinic
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