Senior Janell Sparks sets up for a kill. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.

The 49ers walked away with a 3-1 victory in Alabama when they played against the UAB Blazers Friday night. The Niners are now 5-0 in on the road matches this season and 2-1 in conference play.

Charlotte and UAB started out the first set pretty even until Charlotte broke away from a 10-10 tie on account of a bad set by the Blazers. The 49ers stayed ahead for the rest of the set, and thanks to a couple of kills from senior Janell Sparks, the game ended it at 25-19.

Set two started out similar to the first one, and both teams stayed neck and neck until a service error from the Blazers set the Niners off on a little hot streak.

The 49ers gained five points in a row due to some errors by UAB and a kill from Katria Stewart. Charlotte was able to hold UAB at 16 while two kills by Sparks and an attack error by the Blazers bumped the 49ers up to 25 points.

Charlotte was looking to sweep the match, and entered the third set with a lot of energy. However, they were not able to hold off the Blazers who kept the score as close as they could until the end.

An attack error by UAB tied the game at 25-25, however, a ball handling error by Yumi Garcia and an attack error by Stewart gave the Blazers their only set win at 28-26.

The 49ers managed to end the match in the fourth set with a 25-21 win. They started the game out strong, and a service error by the Blazers bumped the score up to 17-9 before UAB could gain another point. The Blazers came back towards the end, but due to an error and another deadly kill by Sparks, Charlotte gained the win.

Sparks led the team in kills with 19, and Tatyana Thomas contributed an impressive 11 to Charlotte’s total of 39 for this match.

Mackenzie Reaume and Sofie Perrens tied in the number of assists with 20, and Garcia had the highest number of digs with 18. Sydney Rowan contributed a close 17 digs during the match, along with aces in the first and final sets.

The Niners head down south to play against Florida Atlantic who is 1-1 so far in conference play. The match will start on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. and round off Charlotte’s weekend on the road.

Veronica Shoemaker is a sophomore at UNC Charlotte from Livonia Michigan. She packed up her life and moved down to North Carolina to chase a career in NASCAR. She is working towards a Communications and Spanish double-major with a minor in Journalism. She is also a huge sports fan, a part-time artist, and a writer for the Niner Times sport section.