The entire world will remember September 11 and the ensuing weeks as a time of grief, sorrow and mourning. The events that took place in New York and Washington D.C. have affected us all in a way that is nearly impossible to describe.
From the death of Santa Clara student Deora Bodley in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 to the cancellation of our men's and women's soccer, volleyball and water polo events, the tragedy touched our campus in a very personal way.
It is important to refocus our energies on entering the fall quarter. The students have returned to campus. Our fall sports seasons are in full swing. The rest of our teams are beginning preparations for their seasons. This time of the year sets the table for everyone on our staff and in our athletic community. This is the time to showcase the enthusiasm, energy and optimism surrounding Bronco athletics and provide some small measure of relief from the terrible events of September 11.
Our fall sports teams have started their seasons with a bang. The women's soccer team has been ranked as high as third in the nation in the first few weeks of the season. Jon Wallace's volleyball team defeated 13th-ranked UC Santa Barbara and has been ranked as high as 20th in the country, while the men's soccer team started out the season rated as high as 13th nationally in a preseason poll.
However, before we completely jump into the new year I'd like to point out a few highlights from the past few summer months:
I hope to see everybody at an upcoming Bronco sporting event!