Sydney Rowan goes up for a hit. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.

The Charlotte 49ers (16-5, 3-2) took on the UTEP Miners in a Friday night showdown in Halton arena. The 49ers would collect their third conference win in a 3-1 victory lead by Janell Sparks.  Sparks led the Niner charge on Friday night, putting up 19 kills, 12 digs and four spikes. Charlotte came out the gate slow, but was able to build energy towards the end of the set, putting away UTEP for another confernce victory.

The 49ers approached the second set with high energy. Coming in, Charlotte was quickly able to put down 15 kills off of 25 total attempts. Sparks had a huge hand in this showcase, along with freshman Sydney Rowan who put up 18 kills along with one assist. Charlotte would dominate once again take the set at 25-10. The third set took a turn for charlotte, with UTEP’s hitters moving with a mission. Led by players such as Macey Austin, Cheyenne Jones, and Kylie Baumgartner, the Miners sought to create momentum. Putting up 19 kills off of 49 attempts, UTEP would claim the third set 25-23.

The fourth would not prove the same. Charlotte would kill UTEP’s momentum early on and show high energy at the net. With 16 kills in comparison to UTEP’s 6, the forty-niners would close out the set at 25-13, finishing the game 3-1.

Charlotte will travel to Miami to take on the FIU Panthers this coming Friday, Oct. 13.