After a few weeks of preseason practices, the Charlotte 49ers volleyball team is ready to finally see something other than green and white uniforms on the other side of the net. They start off the season Friday at noon against CSU Bakersfield at the Wildcat Classic hosted by Davidson College, and continue the tournament later in the day against Davidson at 7. Here are some things to look for in the 2013 season:
-The 49ers will be led by returning senior captain Amanda Videmsek (team-best 249 kills and 59 blocks) who looks to help improve the team from their 10-16 record last season. Assistant captains Michelle Hovey (sophomore returning digs leader) and Laura Cantrell (junior who suffered a season-ending injury towards the beginning of the season last year) also look to help lead the young Niner squad this year.
-Five new freshmen are looking to contribute and add to the squad’s depth this year. Outside hitters Abreia Epps (Sumter, SC) and Claire Kreuz (Boerne, Texas), middle blocker Hayden Lucht (Florence, SC), and liberos Morgan Barker (Holly Springs, NC) and Jackie Servais (redshirt transfer from Ole Miss, originally from Larkspur, Co) all look to be contributors in their first season with the team this season.
-The team is going to be looking to start off strong similar to how they did last year, especially considering it’ll be at least another month until the team plays its first home game in Halton Arena when the Niners host the 49er Invite on September 20th and 21st.
-New conference mates in CUSA should be of similar competition that they had in the A 10. There aren’t any powerhouses in the conference, but it’s a pretty deep volleyball conference where no opponent will be taken lightly. Charlotte starts conference play on the road against Florida schools FIU and FAU before returning home to Halton for the home conference opener against Louisiana Tech on October 4th.
-Make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, October 18th for the 12th annual Dig Pink match against Tulsa. Dig Pink has been a popular game that’s for a good cause on campus year in and year out, usually drawing crowds of well over 1,000.