SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference announced today that ESPNU has selected two conference women's volleyball matches and one women's soccer match to be aired on the network this fall.
The second televised women's volleyball match has the University of San Diego hosting Saint Mary's on Wednesday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Toreros, who are currently ranked 25th in the nation, won three consecutive West Coast Conference titles from 2006-08 and have compiled a 55-15 conference record over the last five seasons.
Both matches are a part of `ESPNU Wednesday Night Women's Volleyball' coverage that will span 14 matches over eight weeks. Both WCC matches will be the second half of Wednesday night doubleheaders with the Pepperdine at Saint Mary's match on October 20 following #14 Tennessee at #4 Florida (5:00 PM PT) and the Saint Mary's at San Diego match on November 3 following Oklahoma at Texas A&M (6:00 PM PT).
ESPNU will also air the annual women's soccer matchup between perennial national powers Portland and Santa Clara on Sunday, October 24 at 12:00 p.m. at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium. Portland, which won the NCAA Championship in 2002 and 2005 and has advanced to the postseason in 17 of the last 18 seasons, returns eight starters from a team that went 21-2-0, won the WCC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals last season. Santa Clara, which won the NCAA Championship in 2001, has made 20 postseason appearances in the last 21 years and reached the round of 16 in 2009. Both teams are currently ranked among the top 10 in the nation with Portland at #4 and Santa Clara at #9.
About the West Coast Conference
The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 13 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership - only two conferences have been together longer - and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.
ESPNU launched March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network televises more than 650 live events annually. Action includes a variety of top football and men's and women's basketball games, as well as Olympic sports from 26 Division I conferences. ESPNU is the destination for premier high school programming, including elite football and basketball events. The network also has a wide-ranging agreement with the NCAA for extensive coverage of 22 NCAA Championships. ESPNU offers over 400 original studio shows, including SportsCenterU, ESPNU Recruiting Insider, The Experts, The Bracket, BCS Countdown and is the television home of ESPN Radio's The Herd with Colin Cowherd. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 17 million homes. In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection is a multiplatform, student-generated content initiative to enhance the network's link to college campuses nationwide. ESPNU has seen a dramatic increase since its inception and is now in approximately 73 million households. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers - Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.