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SCU soccer star is a finalist for national award
Women's soccer forward Veronica Zepeda has been named to the "watch list" of candidates for the 2003 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top players in NCAA Division I soccer at the end of the season. The senior from Riverside, Calif. was a third-team NSCAA/adidas All- America as a sophomore when she helped the Broncos to the national championship. Last season, she provided a clutch performance, including two scores against North Carolina in the 2002 College Cup semifinal. In 2000, she was one of only four high schoolers among the 30 players on the U.S. Olympic training roster. The Hermann Trophy is college soccer's version of the Heisman Trophy and represents the highest level of individual achievement in the sport. Past recipients include some of the biggest names in soccer-Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Shannon MacMillan, and Cindy Parlow-as well as former Broncos Mandy Clemens and Aly Wagner.
Men's hoops shoots for successful season
The men's basketball team enters the 2003 season with one of the deepest and most talented sets of perimeter players in the program's recent history. The unit features the much-anticipated return of junior Kyle Bailey, who missed last season due to foot and back injuries that limited him to just six appearances during the early part of the season. An all-West Coast Conference performer as a sophomore, Bailey, along with senior center Jim Howell, serves as a team co-captain. In addition to Bailey, the Broncos are expected to see sophomore Brandon Rohe, who broke several of Steve Nash's freshman three-point shooting records last season, transfer Doron Perkins, and sharpshooting junior Ethan Rohde all vie for starting positions during the early part of the season. Head coach Dick Davey enters his 11th season as the leader of the program. Season and individual game tickets are available by calling 408-554-4660 during business hours or by logging on to www.SantaClaraBroncos.com.
Women's basketball celebrates its 40th anniversary
The Santa Clara women's basketball program will celebrate its 40th season with the 2003-04 campaign. Secondyear head coach Michelle Bento's Broncos were tabbed in a preseason poll of WCC coaches to finish fifth, though the team is aiming for its seventh straight postseason appearance. Junior point guard Kayla Huss is one of the conference's top returnees, and will be joined in the backcourt by fellow junior Quinn Thomas. Both ranked nationally last season with their three-point accuracy. The duo will lead a team that includes seven newcomers.
Broncos are winners in the classroom
At the close of the spring 2003 quarter, 11 SCU sports teams finished with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. The women's tennis team led the way with a combined GPA of 3.63, as seven of its student-athletes maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better. Additionally, a report compiled by the NCAA showed that for the second year in a row, student-athletes at SCU graduate at the highest rate in the West Coast Conference and the secondhighest among Division I institutions in California. According to the report, SCU student-athletes graduated at a four-year average rate of 78 percent while the overall student body graduated at a slightly higher rate of 81 percent. Santa Clara's student-athlete graduation rate is considerably higher than the NCAA Division I average of 60 percent for student-athletes and the 70 percent average for Division I private institutions.