The Charlotte 49ers’ nationally ranked men’s soccer team travels to second-ranked Virginia for its opener Saturday night, and the football team is a week away from its first-ever Football Bowl Subdivision game, but other 49ers’ teams also are making news.
The women’s volleyball team opens its season with a home tournament this weekend, the women’s soccer team faces a pair of Georgia opponents, and the men’s basketball team has learned when it will play in a prestigious early-season tournament.
Volleyball: The 49ers entertain Davidson, USC Upstate and UNC Asheville in a tournament Friday and Saturday at Halton Arena. Charlotte has nine players returning from a team that went 17-17 a year ago and finished eighth in Conference USA. The 49ers are playing under new head coach Karen Weatherington.
Davidson, with 13 players returning from a 4-14 squad, faces Charlotte at 7 p.m. Friday, after a 5 p.m. match between USC Upstate and UNC Asheville. Early games Saturday pit Davidson against UNC Asheville (10 a.m.) and Charlotte vs. USC Upstate (noon). Evening games are Davidson vs. USC Upstate (5 p.m.) and Charlotte against UNC Asheville (7 p.m.).
Women’s soccer: The 49ers rolled over Coastal Carolina 4-1 in their opener last Sunday and travel to Mercer at 7 p.m. Friday before a 2 p.m. home match Sunday against Georgia Southern. Charlotte is eighth in the first soccer coaches’ Central Region ratings this week.
Men’s basketball: Coach Mark Price’s 49ers are part of the Battle 4 Atlantic tournament field over the Thanksgiving holiday. Officials of the Bahamas tournament earlier announced Charlotte would face Syracuse in the first round. The game time has been set for 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.
Other first-round games are Michigan-Connecticut, Georgetown-Washington, and Texas-Texas A&M. If the 49ers win their first game, they will play at 3:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day against the Michigan-Connecticut winner. A first-round loss would put them in a 9:30 p.m. game that day against the Michigan-Connecticut loser.
The final round is Nov. 27.