Dec. 11, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - With its breathtaking 3-2 victory over fourth-seeded Arizona Saturday night, the Santa Clara University volleyball team is making its first-ever appearance in the national semifinals this week.
As improbable as its might seem to an outsider that Santa Clara would be in a position to win a national title, Bronco fans are no strangers to NCAA postseason success.
Located in the heart of Northern California's Silicon Valley, the private, Jesuit institution has fielded at least one of its intercollegiate sports teams in the national semifinals in 10 of the last 11 seasons. In 1989, the SCU men's soccer team won the school's first NCAA championship and in 2001 the Bronco women's soccer team won its first national title in a women's sport.
Did you know that five different Santa Clara sports teams have advanced to the NCAA semifinals over the years?
In its history, five different Santa Clara sports have advanced to the ultimate level of NCAA competition. The men's and women's soccer teams combine for 15 NCAA semifinal appearances since 1989 with the women accounting for 10 trips during that time. Bronco women's soccer has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 17-straight years.
The 1952 men's basketball team appeared in the Final Four in Kansas City, Mo. and narrowly missed trips in 1968 and 1969.
In 1962, the Bronco baseball team advanced to the College World Series where it dropped an epic 5-4, 15-inning championship game battle to the University of Michigan. That game remains tied for the longest game in CWS history.
Additionally, Santa Clara football program won three bowl games -- the 1937 and 1938 Sugar Bowls and the 1950 Orange Bowl.
Among the former Bronco athletes whose names are recognized by sports fans across the globe are NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash '96, World Cup and Olympic soccer star Brandi Chastain '91, former NFL all-pros Brent Jones '85 and Dan Pastorini '71, former Los Angeles Laker forward Kurt Rambis '80 and Major Leageu Baseball all-star Randy Winn '97.
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