Charlotte volleyball will host a pair of Conference USA matches this weekend in Halton Arena, with Tulsa playing its first match against the 49ers Friday night, and Middle Tennessee making its third trip to Charlotte to face the 49ers Sunday.
The 12th-Annual Dig Pink match at Charlotte begins Friday night at 7 p.m. against the Golden Hurricane, but more festivities are ongoing leading up to the league tilt to help the program continue to raise funds during Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month.
The 49ers raised more than $2,000 Wednesday in just over an hour in their Jail and Bail fundraiser. Select campus celebrities were held in front of the Student Union, asking for donations to a set amount in order to be “bailed out” for the day. Multiple Greek organizations and student-athletes from many sports participated in the fundraiser, which netted the large amount from the campus community.
Thursday night, the first Dig Pink Pint Night will take place at the University Flying Saucer. Special Dig Pink pint glasses were commissioned, and folks 21 and over can buy the glass on site. It will also be Harpoon Tap Takeover, with proceeds from the sale of glass and select beers going right back to the cause. A raffle will also be taking place at the Saucer, with big prizes offered up for the five-dollar ticket price. Anyone buying 10 or more tickets will get free items.
Fans entering Halton Arena Friday night will receive a Dig Pink t-shirt, while supplies last.
The 49ers are 10-11 overall, 0-6 to start league play. The 49ers are fifth in conference in blocks, while sixth in digs. Individually, sophomore libero Michelle Hovey (Raleigh, N.C. / Lighthouse) is fourth in digging in the league, with freshman Claire Kreuz (Boerne, Texas / Samuel Champion HS) sitting four in service aces per set in C-USA. Sophomore setter Britney Leigh Held (Brookfield, Wis. / Brookfield Central HS) is fifth in conference in assists per set.
Tulsa comes in white hot, the only undefeated team left in Conference USA, at 16-4 overall and 5-0 in league matches. The Golden Hurricane lead the league in opponent attack percentage and digs, while second in assists and kills to this point of the campaign. Tulsa’s Kellie Culbertson leads the league in service aces per set, the only player better than half an ace per set played this season.
Middle Tennessee is seventh in the C-USA standings, at 3-2, with an 11-7 overall mark. The Blue Raiders are fifth in attack percentage and fourth in blocking and have the league’s best hitter and blocker, in the person of Tyler Richardson. She is attacking at an astounding .419 clip, the only player hitting over .400 this season so far and has recorded 1.26 blocks per set this year.
There will be a post-match autograph signing in the food court following Sunday’s Middle Tennessee contest.
There will be a cornhole tournament the day of the Dig Pink match, starting at 5 p.m. in the Student Activity Center courtyard, outside of Halton Arena. All entrants are welcome, with registration open online by clicking this link and a $20 entry fee (cash or check) due on site. All two-person team participants will get a Dig Pink t-shirt and all proceeds go to Dig Pink. The tournament in the courtyard will get to two finalists, who will play winner-take-all at intermission of the match that night. The winners receive tickets to Sunday’s Carolina Panthers home game against St. Louis.
As part of the fundraiser, Charlotte is auctioning off the pink jerseys from the match. The link for bidding on the jerseys is also active online and accessible by clicking this link throughout the month with the auction concluding on October 31.
Charlotte has set single-match attendance records in each of the past three seasons, with 1,813 fans into the match against Butler a season ago.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for youth ages 2-17 and 49ers students, with ID, are in free. Tickets are available in person at the Halton Arena box office or by contacting the 49ers Ticket Office by calling (704) 687-4949.