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Volleyball Falls to UNCC

by | Jan 26, 2021

Davidson’s Sydney Champaigne in a 2019 game.

 

DAVIDSON, N.C. — After winning their season opening match on Friday afternoon, the Davidson Wildcats looked to pick up their second victory of the season today. Welcoming regional rival UNC Charlotte to Belk Arena, the 49ers took three straight-sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-20) from the ‘Cats en route to their first win of the year.

Annalyse Kitzberger paced the Wildcats with a team-high 10 kills across two sets of work. Sydney Champaigne and Bella Brady each had solid outings again today, as Champaigne dished a match-high 26 kills and Brady notched 19 digs. Brady also picked up three assists while Champaigne added eight digs.

Hattie Rodriguez had a strong day on the outside as well, tallying seven kills, nine digs and one service ace. After today, the junior has 543 career kills.

The ‘Cats dropped set one just 25-22, after Caroline Mohler had a match-high, four first-set kills. A service ace from Sola Omonije would tie up the set at 20 points apiece, but the 49ers responded with four kills and a service ace to win the first frame.¬†Charlotte jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second and never looked back, as Davidson would not lead throughout the remainder of the set. The 49ers out hit Davidson .265 to .079 across the second set.

The final set was a back-and-forth affair, as a kill from Kitzberger allowed the Wildcats to take a 12-11 lead midway through the frame. From there, however, Charlotte went on a 4-0 run, and capitalized on three service errors from Davidson to take a 25-20 final set victory and win the match, 3-0.

The ‘Cats drop to 1-1 on the season now, and will return to play next weekend for a home-and-home series with NC A&T. The first match will be played at home on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. contest at NC A&T on Sunday, Jan. 31.

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