Cal Volleyball Issues Season Ticket and E-Newsletter Challenge

Aug. 25, 2009

BERKELEY - The California volleyball team is challenging its fans to help expand its season ticket holder base and grow the team's E-newsletter. Season ticket holding fans will be eligible to win free tickets among other prizes as different goal thresholds are met through the challenge.

In 2008, the Golden Bears sold 75 volleyball season tickets. The goal for 2009 is to double that number by the day of the home opener on Friday, Sept. 11, when Cal faces Eastern Washington in a 7 p.m. match at Haas Pavilion. The current season-ticket holder count stands at 40. As of Aug. 25, there were 750 volleyball E-newsletter subscribers. The goal is to reach 1,000 subscribers by the day of the home opener.

In order to reach these goals, Cal volleyball is offering up prizes to season ticket holders and E-newsletter subscribers dependent on the total numbers reached.

2009 Cal Volleyball Season Ticket Challenge Prize Schedule• 100 overall season tickets sold - all season ticket holders receive two (2) additional free tickets to the Stanford match ($20 value)• 125 overall season tickets sold - all season ticket holders receive four (4) additional free tickets to the Stanford match ($40 value)• 150 overall season tickets sold - all season ticket holders receive four (4) additional free tickets to the Stanford match and two (2) additional free tickets to the Oregon State match ($60 value)

2009 Cal Volleyball E-Newsletter Challenge Prize Schedule• 1,000 Subscribers - all E-newsletter subscribers receive two (2) free tickets to a select Pac-10 volleyball match ($20 value)

In addition, if at least 100 season tickets are sold and/or the goal of 1,000 E-newsletter subscribers is reached by Sept. 11, Cal volleyball will be selecting random season ticket holders to serve as its Special Assistant Coach for a match at select home matches. The Special Assistant Coach will get to sit on the bench during the match, as well as meet coaches and players prior to the match.

Season tickets start at just $50 and are available at CalBears.com or by calling (800) GO BEARS.

Are you already a season ticket holder? You can still help your Bears in a couple of different ways:• Add additional season tickets to your existing order• Refer a friend or colleague to Cal volleyball by calling or emailing Sam Bishop-Green in the Cal Athletic Marketing Department at (510) 642-5454 or bishopgreen@berkeley.edu

To sign up for the E-newsletter, go to CalBears.com/BearTerritory and click on the link. Remember to send the link to all of your Cal friends so they can also take part in the Cal volleyball season ticket and E-newsletter challenge as well.

Progress updates will be posted on the CalBears.com volleyball page, through the E-newsletter and on the Cal volleyball Twitter: @CalVolleyball (http://www.twitter.com/calvolleyball)

Cal returns two All-Americans from a year ago including two-time selection senior outside hitter Hana Cutura. Junior setter Carli Lloyd received second-team All-America honors and All-Pac-10 recognition a year ago. The Bears also bring back plenty of firepower via starting senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley and two 2008 Pac-10 All-Freshman selections in sophomores Tarah Murrey and Shannon Hawari.

The Bears open the 2009 season on the road Aug. 28-30 with three matches at the Nevada Marriott Courtyard/Fairfield Invitational in Reno, Nev. Please check CalBears.com for more details.

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