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September 28, 2004

No. 13 Volleyball Hosts No. 12 California Tonight

Sept. 28, 2004

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This Week
Santa Clara will return home to host 12th-ranked California on Tuesday. The Bears are currently 7-3 on the season. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the Leavey Center. The athletic department will be celebrating Women's Health & Fitness Day, allowing any fan presenting a gym card to receive two-for-one admission. Additionally, players and coaches will participate in a post-match autograph session.

The Broncos remain at home and will open conference play on Friday night, hosting Gonzaga (4-9). The team will follow against Portland (9-3) on Saturday. The Broncos hold a 19-match win streak and a 28-6 all-time record against the Bulldogs and an 18-match win streak and a 30-6 all-time record against the Pilots. First serves for both contests are set for 7 p.m. The athletic department will be celebrating Future Broncos Night on Friday, where youths wearing a jersey will be admitted for only $2.

Live Video Streaming Available on the Internet
Santa Clara and CollegeSports.com are combining to expand live coverage of Bronco sports this season with the addition of live streaming video feeds of most of the school's home athletic events, beginning with volleyball's match against Sacramento State. A part of College Sports Pass, a subscription-based service provided by RealNetworks, the live video feeds will be available on Santa Clara's official athletic website at SantaClaraBroncos.com, as well as collegesports.com and real.com. The school will also continue to provide live statistical coverage of at least six sports through the popular Gametracker feature.

Santa Clara remains on the cutting edge of technology, as it provides Bronco fans with some of the most comprehensive live web coverage of any school in the country for the past several years. By logging on, fans can now watch the games and view real-time statistics direct from the official scoring computer, all right from the convenience of a home computer.

In the Rankings
Santa Clara moved up four spots in this week's USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll, as selected by the AVCA. The Broncos opened the 2004 season ranked 22nd and received 271 points in the listing. Seven of Santa Clara's opponents are also ranked. The Broncos have already faced No. 3 UCLA and 11th-ranked Hawaii. Also on the schedule are non-conference opponents No. 11 Stanford and No. 12 California. Santa Clara entered Volleyball Magazine's poll last week at No. 18 and moved up to 13th in this week's listing.

CSTV to Televise Pepperdine Match
College Sports Television, the first 24-hour college sports television network, will televise the Broncos' Sunday, October 24 match against Pepperdine at the Leavey Center. First serve for the live broadcast is set for 3 p.m. The CSTV Sunday Night Spikes telecasts, featuring teams from 12 different conferences, will showcase some of the top players in pursuit of a national title. Carter Blackburn will handle play-by-play on CSTV Sunday Night Spikes, while Heather Cox and Krista Blunk will rotate analyst duties. The match will provide some drama, as Pepperdine has not lost a WCC match since the 2000 WCC finale against Santa Clara.

College Sports TV, the fastest-growing independent cable network, is available to more than 20 million homes nationally on cable and satellite. The network is available on Comcast, Time Warner and Adelphia cable systems, among others, and is also available on DirecTV (channel 610). For information on CSTV availability in particular markets, consumers can log on to www.collegesports.com/getcstv or call their cable or satellite operator.

Broncos Tabbed Second in WCC Preseason Poll
Santa Clara has been picked to finish the West Coast Conference season in second place, according to a preseason poll selected by the league's coaches. The Broncos received two first-place votes in the poll. Pepperdine was predicted to claim the 2004 league crown, receiving five first-place votes. Santa Clara tied with Loyola Marymount with 50 points, while San Diego was tabbed to finish fourth. Rounding out the poll is Saint Mary's, San Francisco, Portland and Gonzaga.

A Look Ahead: Broncos Remain in Conference Action
Santa Clara will continue West Coast Conference action with one match next weekend. The Broncos will travel to San Diego to face the Toreros on Saturday, Oct. 9. USD is currently 6-4 on the season and, like its travel partner SCU, will host Portland and Gonzaga this weekend.

Season/Match Tickets on Sale
Season and individual match tickets for Santa Clara University's nationally-recognized volleyball team are on sale through the Department of Athletics' official website SantaClaraBroncos.com, and the athletic ticket office at 408-554-4660, between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In conjunction with its exclusive Internet partner, College Sports Online, the athletic department has developed an online ticket application that provides fans with the ability to purchase season tickets, family plans, individual matches or an all-sports pass via the official athletic website. A volleyball season ticket package that includes the remaining eight home matches is available for the adult price of $65 each in the reserved section, $45 for general admission, while a family plan provides a family of five admission to each match for the low price of $100. Youth (12 and under) and senior (over 65-years-old) season tickets are also available for $25. Single matches are priced at $7 for adult reserved, $5 for adult general admission, $3 for youths and seniors and $2 for SCU students as well Bronco Kidz members. Single match team passes are also available for $30.