This week, the UNCG volleyball team played two matches, one on the road in an out-of-conference matchup vs. the Charlotte 49ers Wednesday evening, and another on Friday vs. the Wofford Terriers. The Spartans continued their impressive play as of late behind their strong defensive backbone, and are now sitting on a four game win streak after two dominating performances during homecoming week. “We’ve played great defense really over the last month,” said UNCG head coach Corey Carlin, “It’s allowed us to do a lot of good things offensively and has led to some of these wins.”.
Game 1: UNCG vs. Charlotte
In their final non-conference match of the year, UNCG earned a sweep over the Charlotte 49ers, a win which put the Spartans over the .500 win percentage mark for the first time all season. The starting lineup in this game saw a major change in this one, as Ronni Katarzynski started the match at libero for the first time all season. The Spartans were able to quickly jump out to a 8-0 run to start the first set, which ballooned into a 13-4 UNCG advantage. Despite the large deficit, Charlotte was able to close the deficit to three at 18-15, then evened the score at 19. The set saw three more ties at 21, 22, and 23, before the Spartans were able to finish the set with a 25-23 win. The second set started well for the Spartans, who held an 8-4 lead before the 49ers were able to tie the game back at 8. The 49ers would never take the lead or even tie again in this set, and UNCG ended up taking the set 25-19. The final set was competitive throughout, and both teams were knotted up at 15 before Charlotte used a 3-0 run to take a 18-15 lead. The Blue and Gold responded with a 7-1 run, which ultimately gave UNCG the momentum to win the set 25-22, and complete the sweep.
Game 2: UNCG vs. Wofford
Homecoming weekend for the Spartans kicked off with another sweep on Friday, this time against the Wofford Terriers. The game was completely controlled by UNCG; after Wofford scored the first point of the match, they never held a lead during the game again. “I thought we kept our composure very well.” said UNCG head coach Corey Carlin, “Because we were steady with our energy, our communication, and our composure, we were able to sustain those leads.”. The Spartans continued the first set by taking a slight 9-8 lead, but used a 4-1 run to reach a 13-9 lead. Wofford was never able to get within striking distance and got down 20-13, before a 5-1 UNCG run closed the first set at 25-16 in favor of the Spartans. The second set was close to start much like the first, as both teams were tied at 4 points. The Blue and Gold then hit the ground running with a 7-0 run. After a Wofford comeback pulled the Terriers within two points at 20-18, UNCG took care of business and ended the set on a 5-0 run to win 25-18. Everything was working for the Spartans in the final set, as they blitzed the Terriers with a 16-4 run on their way to a 11-point victory, 25-14.
UNCG remains (12-10, 6-3) in second place in the SoCon standings, and faces two opponents next week in the Western Carolina Catamounts (8-15, 3-7) on Friday, and the SoCon leading ETSU Buccaneers (16-6, 8-2) at Fleming Gym on Saturday. “The fact that we have to play home and away in 24 hours is unique,” said Coach Carlin. “There’s no doubt in my mind that our team will be ready to go Saturday.”.