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Tiger Thursday with Ted Leland for Oct. 3

Oct 3, 2013

Pacific Tigers  Athletics

Pacific Men's Basketball To Host Tipoff Dinner On Oct. 13
The Pacific men's basketball team will host a tipoff dinner on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the University Plaza Hotel. The event is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. It will be the first chance for fans to meet the 2013-14 Tigers. The team will have a championship ring and trophy viewing, to commemorate Pacific's Big West title in its final season with the league. Last year the Tigers finished 22-13 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time.

Pacific Plays Pink
With the start of October and Breast Cancer Awareness month the Tigers will show their support with Pink games throughout the month. First for Pacific is the women's soccer team who will Play Pink on Saturday night at Knoles Field. The Tigers will be giving away Pink drawstring backpacks in the stands during the match courtesy of the WCC. In addition to Pink night, the Tigers game will be a special one as Pacific takes on Portland in its first-ever WCC contests as a new member of the prestigious conference.
Outside of soccer, the Pacific women's volleyball team will Play Pink on Saturday, Oct. 26 as they take on San Diego at the Spanos Center. The match will be at 1:00 pm.

Men's Water Polo Ranked Third, National TV Game Up Next
The No. 3 Pacific men's water polo team faces No. 4 Cal on Saturday on the Pac-12 Network after repeating the program's highest ever ranking. The Tigers and Bears face each other at Cal at 10:30 am, in a nationally televised contest. In the new release, Pacific checks in at number three in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll Wednesday, tying the highest ranking in program history set two weeks ago after Pacific opened the year 5-0. Pacific stands at 9-1 on the year, and 1-0 in the MPSF. The Tigers picked up the ranking after taking revenge on Stanford last week in a 14-12 win over the Cardinal who had defeated Pacific a week prior at the NorCal tournament.

Alameh And Verbeek Upset No. 1 Seeded Auburn Pair At ITA All-American Championships
Pacific's top doubles pair of Daniel Alameh and Sem Verbeek upset the No. 30 nationally ranked team of Dan Cochrane and Dennis Lengsfeld from Auburn at the ITA Men's All-American Championships on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Cochrane and Lengsfeld were the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Unfortunately for the Tigers' top pair the magic would run out in the third round of action as they dropped an 8-3 decision to Hunter Koontz and Joao Monteiro of Virginia Tech.

Tigers Out In Full Force This Week
A full weekend is in store for Tiger athletics with Pacific teams out in full force on the courts and fields. On Thursday, the Tiger men's swimming team begins the new season with a dual match at Cal. Women's soccer plays its first WCC match in program history against Portland at home on Saturday night. Women's volleyball hits the road for a tough conference matchup against Saint Mary's in Moraga, Calif. on Saturday afternoon. The No. 3 ranked Tiger men's water polo team hits the pool at Cal on Saturday afternoon in a tilt of top-5 teams in a match that can be seen on the Pac-12 network. Men's tennis continues tournament play at the Aztec Invitational and the UC Davis Invitational in split squad action throughout the weekend. Cross Country will run at the West Regionals Preview on Friday afternoon while Golf heads to West Point to play in the Stars and Stripes Invitational on Sunday and Monday. Outside of in-season action, Pacific baseball continues its slate of intrasquad scrimmages while softball hosts its annual fall tournament at Arnaiz Fields.

Pacific Sports Day 2013
The Tigers hosted their annual Sports Day on Wednesday as Pacific brought in Kohl Elementary to take part in the event. Pacific athletes hosted games for the kids to teach them about the various sports Pacific plays while getting the kids active and engaged. In addition, Pacific took part in the WCC's REPRESENT initiative during the day, a day to promote sportsmanship throughout the conference. The West Coast Conference established the Sportsmanship Task Force during the Spring of 2009. Since then, it has transformed into one of the largest SAAC-driven initiatives in the WCC. Every year, each WCC-sponsored sport participates in a REPRESENT day by promoting good sportsmanship at games and around campus by wearing their official REPRESENT shirts on designated REPRESENT days and educating its student-fan groups about positive behavior.


Don't forget to show your support of the Tigers and wear your colors every Friday! 

Until next week, Go Tigers!

Ted Leland
Athletic Director
University of the Pacific


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