Charlotte Volleyball celebrates after a point. By Pooja Pasupula

With only four games left in the regular season, the Niners find themselves close to a Conference USA tournament bid. On Nov. 3, Charlotte traveled to Louisiana Tech (7-19, 2-10 C-USA) to take on the Bulldogs in a night time game. Charlotte took down the Bulldogs easily in three sets behind a strong team effort.

Niners Volleyball swept the three sets by scores of 25-19, 25-11, and 25-20. Various players made contributions in the win including Janell Sparks, Tatyana Thomas, and Yumi Garcia.

Sparks led all players with 14 kills to go along with three blocks. After an 11-11 tie was broken up by Thomas in the first set, Sparks ensured that the game was never in question with her dominating offensive performance.

Thomas was a force in front of the net with six blocks accompanied by nine kills of her own. She accounted for half of the Niners 12 total blocks which were a huge factor in the victory. Thomas posted a hitting percentage of .475 as she was one of six players to hit better than .375.

Garcia held it down on the defensive end of the game per usual. Her 16 digs in the matchup with the Bulldogs was tied for the best from all players. Garcia has now put herself 19 digs away from breaking the Charlotte school record that has stood for nine years.

The Niners led all but one statistical category of the game over L.A. Tech. Aside from aces, Charlotte held a huge advantage in blocks and kills in the game. With 50 kills and 12 blocks, that was better than L.A. Tech’s numbers by 13 and 10 respectively.

Charlotte Volleyball will be playing two more games on the road before returning to the Halton Arena on Nov. 11 to take on Florida Atlantic University. The Niners next three games will have C-USA tournament implications and they will look to take care of business.