Aug. 5, 2009
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. - The UCLA-USC volleyball rivalry will get started a little earlier than usual this year at this weekend's AVP Crocs Slam Bud Light Hermosa Beach Open (Aug. 6-9). Bruin fans can come out to support former UCLA volleyball stars and enjoy discounts on tickets and merchandise.
Students, alumni and fans of the two local rivals will receive a $5 discount on Saturday and Sunday general admission by purchasing tickets online at the AVP Website and using the promo code AVPUCLA. The school that sells the most tickets will receive recognition on Center Court. Fans decked out in their school's apparel or accessories will also receive a 10 percent discount at the AVP Merchandise Tent.
At neighboring tents in Sponsor Village, each school will promote its fall sports, give away prizes, and host autograph sessions featuring current student-athletes and former volleyball standouts.
Highlighting weekend festivities is the UCLA-USC Challenge Match between Bruin and Trojan greats. The six-on-six coed exhibition is scheduled to take place Sunday on Center Court at approximately 2:30 p.m. Rosters remain to be finalized, but expected to compete for UCLA are former women's volleyball greats Chrissie Zartman and Julie Romias plus men's volleyball legends Sinjin Smith and Jim Menges.
Former Bruins playing on the AVP Tour include Romias, Zartman, Annett Davis, Lauren Fendrick, Jenny Johnson-Jordan and Elaine Youngs, as well as Albert Hannemann, Stein Metzger, Jeff Nygaard, Ed Ratledge, Mark Williams and Kevin Wong on the men's side.