The Charlotte 49ers volleyball team (10-8, 0-3) struggled defensively early on when they fell 3-1 to the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (7-11, 0-3) on Friday, Oct. 4 inside Halton Arena.
Both the 49ers and the Lady Techsters were looking to pick up their first win against a Conference USA opponent.
The 49ers fell in the first set 25-19 after they were unable to find their rhythm. The Lady Techsters scored first and set the level of intensity early on.
Amanda Videmsek had four digs in the first set, followed by Claire Kreuz and libero Michelle Hovey each with two.
After a frustrating first set for the 49ers, they rallied back to win the second set 25-21. The Lady Techsters scored first again and controlled the set early on.
Errors significantly hurt the Lady Techsters, as they committed 14 total as a team. Both Videmsek and Sarah McDonald contributed four kills each during the second set to help the 49ers tie the match.
The Lady Techsters took the win in the third set over the 49ers 25-21. The Lady Techsters scored first on a kill by Louisiana Tech’s Xzache Mathis.
McDonald tallied six kills in the set, the most kills for either team. Hovey led the 49ers in digs with five in the third set, followed by Morgan Barker with three.
It was the fourth set of the match that solidified the first conference win for the Lady Techsters as they picked up a 25-22 fourth-set win. Kreuz led the 49ers in kills with six, followed by Sarah McDonald with two.
“First of all, we didn’t pass very good at all,” said Head Coach Chris Redding.
“When you don’t pass, you’re going to struggle offensively. From the defensive side, the block was really sloppy. We knew what we were doing wrong and we weren’t fixing it, unfortunately.”
Redding was obviously frustrated with his team’s inability to play together. He hopes his team will be able to work this week to cut out the sloppy play.
McDonald led the 49ers in kills finishing the night with 13, followed by Videmsek with seven. Hovey finished with 17 digs followed by Barker with 11.
The 49ers are now 0-3 in conference play. They host Tulane on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. inside Halton Arena.