49ers libero Yumi Garcia sets the ball. Photo by Pooja Pasapula

The Charlotte 49ers(17-9, 4-6 C-USA) fell to the Rice Owls  in a  3-1 loss  Sunday in Halton Arena. The 49ers were led by Sydney Rowan with 12 kills and 17 digs, as well as Tatyana Thomas with 11 kills and three aces.

Both teams walked into the first set with high energy and strength, but it was the Owls who showed aggression. Putting up 20 kills in the first set alone, the Owls gave Charlotte a battle with the 49ers barely outlasting. Charlotte would go on to take the first set, 28-26.

The rest of the game would not follow the same pattern. The Owls, led by Nicole Lennon, who would end the game with 21 kills and 12 digs, went on a rampage in the second, putting the 49ers down on the score board early. The 49ers, led by two kills from middle hitter Tatyana Thomas, and one from freshman outside hitter Sydeny Rowan were able to catch a second wind and tie the match at 14-14. This would not last long, with Rice’s Lennon helping claim the lead once again, and never holding it until the close of the set at 26-24.

Charlotte took the lead early on in the third set, but fell behind when the Rice Owls went on a 15-6 tear led by Lennon and freshman right side hitter Kassidy Muse. Putting up only eight kills overall in the set, the 49ers would not be able to come back from this deficit. The Owl’s would close out the set at 25-16.

The fourth set belonged to the Rice Owls from the beginning. With 27 kills and stand out performances from Nicole Lennon and Grace Morgan the Owl’s were able to close out the set 30-28.

The 49ers will travel to Ruston, Louisiana to take on Louisiana Tech this Friday, Nov. 3 at 8p.m.