UC Merced will celebrate the first varsity sporting events on campus next week, with the women's volleyball team playing its home opener on Thursday, Sept. 22 and a community tailgate party scheduled prior to the game on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The Golden Bobcats are in their first season of competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the campus is gearing up for the Sept. 22 volleyball match against Pacific Union College, one of UC Merced's opponents in the California Pacific Conference.
The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center. General admission is $5. Admission is free for UC Merced undergraduates and $2 for UC Merced graduate students, high school students or students from other colleges.
Two days later, on Sept. 24, the Bobcats will take on Cal State San Marcos in a nonconference match at 5 p.m. Prior to the game, at 3:30 p.m., the Recreation and Athletics Department will host an a community tailgate party. The event will provide an opportunity for Merced residents to meet the coaches, enjoy light refreshments and learn about the Bobcat Club, the primary fundraising and support group for UC Merced athletics.
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Admission for the tailgate, which will be held outside the entrance to the Recreation Center, is $30 for both the event and the game or $25 for the event only.
- Posted by Brandon Bowers