This Saturday, March 2, will be a thrilling day for our San Francisco Dons’ athletics programs,
consisting of six sporting events over the span of six hours. Here’s what to look for.
Saturday’s events will begin with the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveling across the Bay Bridge to compete at University of California, Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium in the California Outdoor Opener, which kicks off their 2019 outdoor season. In particular, the women are coming off of an indoor performance in Seattle where the distance medley team ran the fastest time in USF history.
California is the birthplace of beach volleyball and honoring that legacy is our own Dons beach volleyball team facing off against the Saint Mary’s Gaels at 10 a.m. Their opening weekend found them splitting a pair of matches, including a quality win against the Santa Clara University Broncos. This is a great chance to watch preseason All-West Coast Conference honoree Anna Dalla Vecchia and partner Carly Lowry on display.
Of course, it wouldn’t feel like the onset of spring without baseball. The men’s baseball team will be visiting Manhattan, Kansas, for a three-game series against Big 12 Conference opponent the Kansas State University Wildcats. First pitch will be around 1:00 pm PST.
It will certainly be an emotional day for our senior men’s basketball Dons at the War Memorial Gym. Senior Day will honor Frankie Ferrari, Matt McCarthy, Michael Orlich and Nate Renfro for a superb 20+ win season. Ferrari recently became the 36th player in Dons history to surpass 1,000 career points. USF was NCAA NET-ranked (NCAA Evaluation Tool) No. 51 at the time of publication with the West Coast Conference tournament beginning on March 7 in Las Vegas. Seeding will be determined based on final regular season standings. The Dons are currently fourth in the WCC, a half game back of BYU for third place, and a game back of St. Mary’s for second place. Gonzaga has secured the top seed.
The women’s basketball team will travel south for their regular season finale against the University of San Diego Toreros, starting at 2 p.m. The Dons recently inducted two of their own into the USF Hall of Fame on Feb. 22nd: Dominique Carter (’08) and Coach Walt Bugler (who led the Dons from 1976-80). With this legacy to fuel them, they will also be heading to Las Vegas on March 7 to play for a West Coast Conference tournament title.
A trip to our city’s own Olympic Club will find our women’s tennis team in action at 3 p.m. Their opponent will be the Ragin’ Cajuns of the University of Louisiana Lafayette. There will be subsequent matches against the Utah State Aggies (March 12) and the University of Nevada Reno Wolverines (March 15) before conference play begins, at home in San Francisco, against the Pacific University Tigers on March 22.
All times are PST.