Aug. 21, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After dominating last year's inaugural season, the athletic department at Santa Clara University will be looking to retain the winner's trophy in its annual Rivalry Series against San Jose State.
This season's first matchups of the 13-sport series start next weekend with four head-to-head competitions taking place August 30 and 31. The Bronco men's and women's cross country teams will be hosting the annual Bronco Invitational in Belmont on Saturday, while the Spartan women's volleyball team will host Santa Clara that night. On Sunday, Spartan Stadium will be the site of a women's soccer matchup between the two schools.
"We were fortunate enough to have a great deal of success against the Spartans last year and our teams really enjoyed having more incentive to win those games," said SCU Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick. "This rivalry series has been very well received among our coaches and student-athletes and we look forward to another competitive year."
The annual winner of the series, presented in association with the San Jose Sports Authority, will be determined by a points system based on head-to-head competition in the 13 sports in which the two schools compete. The head-to-head winner of each sport receives a predetermined number of points for that particular school. The winner of the series will be announced at the final scheduled competition between the two schools.
Santa Clara jumped out to a 13-0 lead after winning head-to-head competition against the Spartans in volleyball, men and women's cross country and men and women's soccer during the fall season. The Broncos also knocked-off San Jose State in women's basketball, softball and women's tennis during the season to earn a total of 20 points in the series.
The Spartans got on the board after claiming a dramatic 71-69 win in men's basketball then managed victories in baseball, men's golf and women's water polo. The four wins gave SJSU 10 points in the series.
Each year at the conclusion of the college athletic season, the winner of that year's "Rivalry Series" will receive a rotating trophy bearing the inscription of the annual winner. The winning institution will retain possession of the trophy for a period of one year, until the award presentation of the following year.
Santa Clara and San Jose State compete against each other in 13 sports including: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, women's tennis, women's volleyball and women's water polo.