The Seattle University volleyball team will make its first-ever appearance on national television during the 2013 season, as the Redhawks’ match against 2012 NCAA runner-up Oregon will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Network as part of the channel’s 90-match schedule for 2013.
Seattle U will head to Eugene, Ore., to face the Oregon Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena Tuesday, Sept. 10, starting at 7 p.m. It will be the first time ever that the Redhawk volleyball program appears on national television, as the Pac-12 Network is available to over 60 million homes across the country.
“The opportunity to play on national TV is a big boost for not only the current Seattle U team, but also for our future Redhawk volleyball teams,” Seattle U head volleyball coach James Finley said. “Matches against quality opponents bring pride and recognition, enhances recruiting, and develops support. We are excited for the nation to see us compete against a program as strong as the University of Oregon.”
Oregon finished the 2012 season with a 30-5 overall record, reaching the national title match with victories over BYU, Nebraska, and Penn State before losing to Texas in the final. The Ducks return two All-Americans, setter Lauren Plum and outside hitter Liz Brenner, along with fellow starters Ariana Williams and Canace Finley for head coach Jim Moore’s ninth season in Eugene.
This will be the fifth meeting all-time between Seattle U and Oregon on the volleyball court, with the Ducks winning the previous four matches. Oregon has swept the Redhawks in all three contests in Eugene, Ore., while Seattle U took a 2-1 lead over Oregon Sept. 6, 2010, at the Connolly Center before the Ducks came from behind for a 3-2 match victory thanks to a 15-9 win in the fifth set.
Under first-year head coach Finley, the Seattle University volleyball team starts the 2013 season with the Red and White Scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. at the Connolly Center. Including Oregon, the Redhawks will face six teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament during the 2013 campaign.