Charlotte Volleyball took a loss on Sunday, Oct. 2, on the road against a formidable No. 25 Western Kentucky team. Charlotte lost in three straight sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-19). However, Charlotte showed that they could be competitive against a top team in the nation with players like Annika Wetterstrom and Annika Thompson returning from injury.
Head coach Karen Weatherington was proud of the performance her team had against a top team.
“Today we showed great resolve against the 25th-ranked team in the nation and in one of the country’s best volleyball atmospheres,” said Weatherington, “We showed great heart and fought throughout the match. Lara [Kretschmer] showed up big today, and our offense was in rhythm at the pins,” said Weatherington.
Set 1 (25-18)
The first set started intense as each team went back and forth on scoring. A four-point run by WKU made it a 18-13. After kills from Jessica Ricks and Kretschmer, WKU went on another three-point run.
Charlotte was able to cut into the six-point lead, making the score 21-17. However, WKU was able to run away with the match from there.
Set 2 (25-19)
Charlotte fell behind early in the second set, 9-2, but handled the deficit with a 4-0 run. Sydney Baham and Ricks started the run with a block, and then Emani’ Foster, doing what she does best, got an ace and two errors on WKU to finish the run.
Later in the match, WKU took over again with a 20-14 lead. Charlotte tried to extinguish the lead with three straight kills, but WKU was able to run away with it.
Set 3 (25-19)
Charlotte once again had a mid-match comeback ignited from Foster and Washington kills. Charlotte kept it close from there and found themselves down 19-18. However, the offensive attack from WKU proved too much for Charlotte, and WKU went on to win 25-19.
A look at the stats
Foster led the team with kills with 11, and Kretschmer was right behind with eight. Having assist leader Wetterstrom back helped the assist game as she tied with Thompson with most assists, 16. The recent play by Ricks is worth noting. The redshirt Sophomore had 12 kills last game and was third on the team on Sunday with seven.
Charlotte is back home this weekend as they take on FAU on Friday, Oct. 7, and FIU on Sunday, Oct. 9. The games will be played at Halton Arena.