June 6, 2005
Santa Clara head volleyball coach Jon Wallace recently announced the 2005 schedule, which includes matches against five teams that finished last season ranked in the top 25 nationally by the AVCA. The Broncos will also face 10 2004 NCAA Tournament participants.
In 2004, Santa Clara received numerous national rankings, climbing as high as 12th in the AVCA poll. The Broncos finished the season with an 18-9 overall record and advanced to NCAA postseason play in Seattle, Wash after placing third in the West Coast Conference. The Broncos will open the 2005 season at Sacramento State on Tuesday, August 30. Santa Clara will then travel to UC Irvine to participate in a tournament featuring Southern Mississippi, UNLV and the host Anteaters September 2-3.
Santa Clara begins the home season with the annual Bronco Invitational, which will feature two top-25 teams. The Broncos will open the tournament on Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m. with a match against Fresno State. The Broncos will follow with matches against No. 22 Arizona and No. 21 UC Santa Barbara on September 9-10.
The West Coast Conference season begins September 30, when the Broncos travel to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount. Santa Clara will once again face tough competition in the conference, as four of the league's eight teams advanced to the postseason in 2004. The conference season will be highlighted by matches against rivals No. 12 San Diego and No. 13 Saint Mary's, both who advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season. Santa Clara will close the season with three matches against Bay Area rivals, including No. 18 California on November 15. The Broncos will conclude regular season play with matches against Saint Mary's and San Francisco at home on November 18 and 19.
The postseason begins the weekend of December 1-4 with first and second rounds held at campus sites. Regionals will be held the following week, December 8-11 in Omaha, Neb., University Park, Penn., Stanford, Calif., and College Station, Texas. The 2005 Final Four will be hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio December 15 and 17.
Wallace will enter his seventh season with the Bronco program, returning 13 letterwinners to the squad. He has led SCU to seven straight NCAA Championship appearances and has a career record of 129-53.
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