The Charlotte 49ers had a great season last year, going 13-5 and making it to the Conference USA Championship Semifinals. It's no secret that the Niners are better at home. Last year, Charlotte didn't lose a game at home and will look to keep it up as they open the season with the Charlotte Invitational.
"We are thrilled to be back in Halton Arena," said Head Coach Karen Weatherington.
The 49ers look to make these home contests count before they hit the road for eleven straight games. Charlotte plays Xavier on Friday and Saturday, and they will face South Carolina State before playing Colorado in the evening.
The 49ers roster was loaded with talent last season; 13 players will return to the team for the 2021 season. In addition, the 49ers bring back many veterans, such as graduate student Sydney Rowan and junior Annika Wetterstrom.
"It's really a thrill. We've been able to pick up right where we left off. This team is committed to each other. They spent a lot of time in the summer to make sure they continue to work through and on our culture," said Weatherington. "We've been really happy to see our values are shining through with these ladies in championship behavior, loyalty, and trust. That's the best part of it, along with everyone being in great shape and trained well not to lose anything and build on from last year."
Vs. Xavier (Aug. 27 @ 6 p.m.)
Charlotte certainly doesn't have a good track record against Xavier. Of the 15 times these two have met, Charlotte has lost the last 12. While this sounds like bad news for the 49ers, the last time they faced off was back in 2012. Charlotte is a much different team from back then and looks to grab their first win over Xavier in nearly two decades.
Vs. South Carolina State (Aug. 28 @ 10 a.m.)
Charlotte doesn't have much experience against South Carolina State, with only two previous matchups against the Bulldogs. In both of those matchups, the last one being in 2017, the 49ers took the victory. South Carolina State doesn't seem like a significant threat for the 49ers, losing all seven of their games from a year ago. Being a new year,you never know what the team may accomplish.
Vs. Colorado (Aug. 28 @ 6 p.m.)
Charlotte has yet to play against Colorado, which could make this game more interesting. Colorado will likely be a tough matchup; they boasted a 9-6 record in 2020 after winning an impressive 29 games the prior season. Nevertheless, this game could be a fascinating end to the tournament.
The 49ers are excited to be back in action inside the comfortable confines of Halton Arena. The Niners will look to start the season right by getting in the win column early and often.
"It's going to be a competitive weekend. I think we have one of the most competitive schedules on record. But, we're able to put that together with everyone being excited to play and being back to what our new normal can be," said Weatherington. "We're looking forward to being competitive all weekend and trying to highlight what we need to do because we want to use these opportunities heading into a tough Conference USA season."