Friday, October 17, 2014

Charlotte 49ers getting help for basketball ticket sales

Facing steadily declining attendance in men’s basketball, the Charlotte 49ers announced Friday they are partnering with IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions.

The IMG ticket staff will have an office in Halton Arena, where it will work with the 49ers athletic department in an effort to increase attendance and ticket sales.

The 49ers’ average attendance last season was 5,190, the lowest in Halton’s 18-year history. Attendance has dropped steadily since the 2007-08 season, when Charlotte averaged 7,312 fans.

After the season, Charlotte chancellor Phil Dubois acknowledged the attendance problem.

“Attendance waxes and wanes,” Dubois told the Observer in March. “You’ve got to win to get attendance. It’s a matter of winning games and generating excitement.”
The 49ers, who have not been to the NCAA tournament since 2005, were 17-14 last season, their third straight winning season under coach Alan Major. They are picked to finish third in Conference USA this season.

IMG College has been handling Charlotte’s multimedia and sponsorship rights since 2011. The 49ers have also been using IMG’s ticket division for their fledgling football program. Charlotte had an average attendance of 15,541 in 15,314-seat Richardson Stadium in its inaugural season of 2014. The 49ers are averaging 15,186 in their two home games this season.

“This partnership will help us continue to build on our strong tradition of basketball while developing our football presence across the region and nation,” 49ers athletics director Judy Rose said in a statement. “The experience they bring will be extremely beneficial to both current and future 49ers fans.”



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Charlotte 49ers chosen 3rd in C-USA preseason poll; Henry all-conference

The Charlotte 49ers, who return four starters from last season's team that went 17-14, have been picked to finish third in the Conference USA men's basketball race by the league's coaches.

Charlotte guard Pierria Henry also made the 10-player preseason all-conference team. Henry was the only player in C-USA last season to average double figures in points (12.3) and more than five rebounds (5.1) and assists (5.8).

Louisiana Tech and Texas-El Paso were chosen to finish ahead of Charlotte, with Old Dominion the coaches' pick to finish fourth.

Preseason all-conference team:
Charlotte: Pierria Henry, Sr. G
Louisiana Tech: Raheem Appleby, Sr., G; Alex Hamilton, Jr., G; Kenneth "Speedy" Smith, Sr., G.
Old Dominion: Aaron Bacote, Jr., G.
Alabama-Birmingham: C.J. Washington, Jr. G.
Texas-El Paso: Vince Hunter, F, Soph.; Julian Washburn, Sr., F/G.
Western Kentucky: George Fant, Sr., F; T.J. Price, Sr., G.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

'Dig Pink' volleyball campaign underway for Charlotte 49ers

-- The Charlotte 49ers’ volleyball team, perennially a national leader in the “Dig Pink” breast cancer campaign, is hoping to raise more than $10,000 for the cause this month.

The 49ers, who have led the nation in fundraising two of the past three years, will host their “Dig Pink” match Oct. 10 against Florida International at Halton Arena, as well as several other events over the next few weeks.

-- Basketball practice begins next week: the 49ers women on Tuesday, the men Wednesday. The men's season opens Nov. 16 at Elon, with an exhibition Nov. 11 at Halton against Newberry; the women open Nov. 14 at Liberty, with a Nov. 5 exhibition against Catawba.

-- The 49ers’ men’s soccer team didn’t hurt its national rankings with a 3-1 victory against William & Mary on Tuesday night at Transamerica Field. Heading into the game, Charlotte’s RPI was seventh, while the 49ers were ranked 10th by the NCSAA, 12th by College Soccer Weekly and 16th by Soccer America. Defender Nick Barnhorst was named to’s team of the week for his assist and defensive work in a 2-0 victory against New Mexico. The 49ers (6-1) have won five in a row.

Next up for coach Kevin Langan’s team is a tough swing through South Carolina, with a Conference USA game Saturday at South Carolina and a contest next Tuesday against Clemson.

-- 49ers women’s soccer player Martha Thomas also made Top Drawer’s team of the week. She scored twice in the 49ers’ 2-1 victory Sunday at FIU. Thomas leads Charlotte with six goals and assists. The 49ers (4-4-1, 1-1 C-USA) play Marshall on Friday at Transamerica Field.

-- Charlotte’s baseball team will practice at Gastonia’s Sims Park on Thursday and Friday. Phillips Field in Hayes Stadium is being over-seeded, forcing the move. Both practices (Thursday 4-8 p.m.; Friday 1:30-5 p.m.) are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Charlotte 49ers' Trickett out for season with knee injury

Charlotte 49ers junior Monica Trickett, Conference USA's women's soccer preseason defender of the year, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Trickett hurt her knee in practice last week. It's the third time she's injured her knee, one coming earlier in her career at Charlotte, the other in high school in Raleigh.

Trickett was a second-team all-conference pick in 2013 and also made the league's all-tournament team. She was a preseason first-team all-conference pick for this season.

The 49ers (1-3-1) play their first home game of the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Winthrop at TransAmerica Field.

Friday, September 12, 2014

49ers men's basketball team paints for charity

Photo courtesy of Charlotte 49ers sports information

Members of the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team spent Friday morning helping paint the interior of a home in the university area as part of the Purple Heart Homes Charity, an organization that adapts and remodels homes for disabled veterans. Players and staff put several coats of paint on rooms inside the home.

For more information on the Purple Heart Homes Charity:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

49ers host Coastal in men's soccer Friday; Hammonds signs pro contract

A few 49ers news items:

Men's soccer

The 49ers men's soccer team gets a stern early season test Friday, hosting ninth-ranked Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. at Transamerica Field. The Chanticleers (1-1) have beaten then-seventh ranked Connecticut 3-2 and lost to No. 7 Maryland 3-2 on the road.

The 21st-ranked 49ers (1-0) won their season open on Sunday, beating Radford 2-1 despite playing a man down after defender Nick Barnhorst was issued a red card for a hand ball in the penalty area.

The Chanticleers ended Charlotte's 2013 season with a 1-0 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Charlotte beat Coastal Carolina in an earlier regular-season game 2-1 in Conway, S.C. One of the Chanticleers' top players is senior striker Ricky Garbanzo, who played at Rock Hill's Northwestern High. Garbanzo scored the game-winning goal against UConn.

Charlotte's volleyball team (3-2) will play in the Temple Invitational this weekend. The women's soccer team (1-2) is at Liberty on Thursday night.

Women's basketball

Former 49ers point guard Ny Hammonds has signed a pro contract with Lithuania's Kibirkstis-VICI. Hammonds, who played at Concord High, was a second-team all-Conference USA selection last season and is Charlotte's career assists leader with 496. She is the third player under coach Cara Consuegra to play professionally, joining Amanda Dowe and Jennifer Hailey, who are also playing abroad.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Charlotte 49ers men's basketball open against Elon; also faces Georgetown

Two games at Washington’s Verizon Center – against Georgetown and George Washington – highlight the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball nonconference schedule.

The 49ers will face the Hoyas on Dec. 20 and former Atlantic 10 rivals Colonials on Dec. 7.

Charlotte opens its season Nov. 16 at Elon and begins its 18-game Conference USA schedule Jan. 4 against Old Dominion at Halton Arena.

Georgetown was 18-15 last season and lost in the second round of the NIT to Florida State. The game is the first of a home and home agreement between the schools, with the second to be played next season at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

George Washington went 24-9 and was one of six Atlantic 10 teams to play in the NCAA tournament, losing to Memphis in the second round.

The 49ers’ home schedule includes a visit from Miami on Nov. 25.

Charlotte will also play in the Charleston Classic Nov. 20-23, opening with a game against Penn State.

The 49ers play their annual game against Davidson for the Hornets Nest Trophy on Dec. 3 at the Wildcats’ Belk Arena. Charlotte also plays at Georgia Tech on Dec. 30.

Other home games include Appalachian State, College of Charleston and N.C. A&T. The 49ers also visit UNC Asheville.

Charlotte 49ers 2014-15 men's basketball schedule:

Nov. 11, Newberry (exh.); 16, at Elon; Nov. 20-23, at Charleston Classic; 26, Miami; 30, at UNC Asheville.

Dec. 3, at Davidson; 7, at George Washington (Verizon Center); 16, College of Charleston; 18, Appalachian State; 20, at Georgetown (Verizon Center); 30, at Georgia Tech.

Jan. 4, Old Dominion; 8, at Western Kentucky; 10, at Marshall; 15, North Texas; 17, Rice; 22, at Ala.-Birmingham; 24, at Middle Tennessee; 29, Florida Atlantic; 31, Florida International.

Feb. 4, N.C. A&T; 7, at Old Dominion; 12, at Texas-El Paso; 14, at Texas-San Antonio; 19, Louisiana Tech; 21, Southern Mississippi; 26, at North Texas; 28, at Rice.

March, 5, Western Kentucky; 7, Marshall; 11-14, C-USA tournament (at Birmingham, Ala.).