Niner NotePAD: Busy times in Niner Nation

It was a busy last week for Charlotte 49ers athletics, and this coming week in Niner Nation looks to be the same with basketball and men’s soccer taking center stage, among other events.  Let’s crack open the Niner NotePAD and get you caught up on the week that was and the week coming up.

It was the first chance for many to see the new Charlotte 49ers football stadium, and with all the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed, it looks to be ready to go after a few minor things to take care of.  Coach Brad Lambert and his team held a scrimmage on Saturday attended by around 1,500 people.  The plan is to have a couple more–on this coming Saturday and on November 17, the last practice of the fall.  (By the way, if you haven’t read our thoughts on Saturday’s scrimmage, click here.)

Basketball season is here, and it tipped off (unofficially) with exhibition wins for the men’s team on Thursday (over Pfeiffer) and the women’s team over Johnson C. Smith on Saturday.  But the real games begin this week.  The men get it going on Friday as Charleston Southern comes to town; the women are in action the next day against North Carolina Central on Saturday.  Friday’s men’s game will be a little tricky because of…

Men’s Soccer
Charlotte’s hosting the 2012 Atlantic 10 tournament as it prepares to compete in its final matches as a member of the A-10 (and hopefully it ends with them as the last team standing).  Things get started with quarterfinal action on Thursday as the Boys in Green draw the Duquesne Dukes at 8pm, the day’s last game.  The winner of that one takes on the winner of #4 VCU/#5 Temple Friday at 7:30.  Other Thursday action: #2 Saint Louis/#7 La Salle (11am); #3 Xavier/#6 Dayton (2pm); and the aforementioned VCU/Temple match (5pm).  Again, traffic will be tricky around campus on Friday night with both hoops and soccer going on, so plan accordingly.

Cross Country
There’s another big event coming to Charlotte on Friday, and it’s the NCAA Cross Country Southeast Regionals being held at McAlpine Park.  A total of eighty-one men’s and women’s teams, including the Niners, will descend on the Queen City in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA tournament,which will be held in Louisville on November 17.

The volleyball team rounds out their season on Thursday at VCU.  Senior Day was on Sunday when the team sent off Jenna Litoborski, Shannon McClean, Bianca Rouse and Lily Vera.  Litoborski crested the 1,000 dig mark in Sunday’s match against Xavier and can move up in the all-time rankings on Thursday (currently at 1,013, 16th all time) while Rouse will end her career ninth in kills (currently at 1,242).

Fall competition has wrapped up for the men’s tennis team, as they competed at the Charleston Challenge.  They’ll take a break before lacing up again for spring play in late January/early February.

Golf is all done for the fall as well, as they enjoyed a successful trip to the Pacific Invitational early in the week.  Their next event is the Houston Invitational in February.

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