Sophomore Yumi Garcia keeps her eye on the ball at all times. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.

Charlotte volleyball matched up against the Herd on Sunday at 1 p.m. for their second meeting this season. After their exciting 3-1 victory against Marshall back in September, the Niners fell short and lost 0-3. The first set started out strong for both teams, but by the third, it was evident that Marshall would dominate the day.

In the primary set, Mackenzie Reaume got the first point of the game for Charlotte with a kill and a little help from teammate Sydney Rowan. That was the only time in the entire game that the Niners would secure the lead. Marshall kept Charlotte at bay throughout most of the first set.

The closest the 49ers got to regaining the lead came about by a kill from Tatyana Thomas which tied the set at 13-13. The Herd quickly created a comfortable lead, and their final kill came from Madison Hill, which ended it at 25-20.

Their momentum carried over into the beginning of the second set by earning four points before Charlotte was able to register their first. The Niners struggled to keep up, and at one point were trailing the Herd by 10 points with 20-10 up on the score board.

Thanks to an impressive four kills by Molly Shaw, and one from teammate Alex Boone, the 49ers decreased the defecate to four points. However, this little drive was swiftly shut down, and Marshall won the second set 25-18.

The Herd dominated the third and final set from the get-go by snagging the first six points before Marshall’s Madelyn Cole suffered a handling error, which resulted in a point for the Niners. Charlotte fell 13 points back towards the middle of the set due to a few handling and attack errors. A kill by Janell Sparks marked the final point scored by Charlotte, leaving them with 11 at the end of the set.

However, good things came out of this match for Charlotte’s Yumi Garcia. She had a total of 17 digs against the Herd, which bumped her up to second most digs in a single season, trailing first place by only two. Thomas ended the game with 10 kills, and Sofie Perrens concluded with 15 assists.

The Niners will start their final weekend of their regular season this Thursday in San Antonio, Texas, where they will take on UTSA at 7 p.m.


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.