Lots of 49ers news and notes for the weekend.
-- The last time Charlotte faced Alabama-Birmingham in men’s soccer, the 49ers were ushering the Blazers out of the NCAA tournament in convincing fashion.
Charlotte beat UAB 3-1 in the second round of last season’s tournament on its way to an appearance in the College Cup championship game. The Blazers didn’t really know what hit them: the 49ers scored in the first minute of the game.
The two teams play again Friday, as the fifth-ranked 49ers (2-0) host UAB 2-0) at 7 p.m. at Transamerica Field.
-- The 49ers’ women’s soccer team (2-1) plays at UNC Wilmington (0-2-1) on Friday at 7 p.m., then heads to Greenville to face East Carolina (1-2) at 2 p.m. Sunday.
-- The 49ers’ volleyball team tries for a school record when it faces Clemson on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Clemson Classic. The 49ers (3-0) have won the first nine sets of the season and have never won their first 10. Charlotte faces East Tennessee at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Chattanooga at 6 p.m. Charlotte’s Bianca Rouse became the 17th player in school history to pass the 1,000-kill mark last weekend.
-- Charlotte’s cross-country teams open their seasons Friday at 6 p.m. in the Western Carolina Invitational in Cullowhee. The 49ers’ are led by Hana Sutchar on the women’s side and Zach Greth on the men’s.
-- Former 49ers baseball All-American Bo Robinson has joined coach Loren Hibbs’ staff as a volunteer assistant. Robinson is the only player in program history to have more than 100 RBIs in a season, which he did in 1998. Robinson also won the Conference USA batting title that year.
-- The 49ers athletic department has announced a documentary series – “49ers Football Now: A Countdown To Kickoff” – that will debut Sept. 4. A different episode, 13 in all, will run monthly through the team’s first game Aug. 31, 2013. It can be seen on charlotte49ers.com, charlotte49ers.tv and the Charlotte 49ers Official Youtube Channel, as well as on Time Warner Cable Channel 22 every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.