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UTSA to raise funds, collect food for Katrina evacuees at Dome Rally this weekend

By Rick Nixon
Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations

(Sept. 6, 2005)--The UTSA Athletic Department announced that Hurricane Katrina evacuees with identification from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be admitted free along with their families to the 2005 UTSA Dome Rally women's collegiate volleyball tournament Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11 at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio.

The Dome Rally will feature some of the top women's collegiate volleyball teams in the nation as UTSA will be joined by Texas A&M, Louisiana State, Southern California, Florida, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Rice for the three-day tournament.

Four matches will be played each day with starting times at 11 a.m., 1:30, 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday's matches will begin at 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m. The Dome Rally will be the kickoff to the 2005 women's volleyball season that will culminate Dec. 15-17 when San Antonio will host the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championships at the Alamodome.

In addition to the free tickets being offered to evacuees, UTSA student-athletes will be at the rally to take cash donations, with anyone contributing $25 receiving a complimentary ticket for the day. UTSA students with identification also will be admitted free to the rally. A free autograph session with members of all teams will be conducted following each match Saturday.

Additionally, UTSA's Phi Upsilon Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will conduct a canned-food drive at the Dome Rally, benefiting Katrina evacuees.

Tournament passes and individual tickets are on sale now at the Alamodome Box Office and through Ticketmaster.

For more information, contact the UTSA Athletics ticket office at (210) 458-UTSA.

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Dome Rally Schedule

Friday, Sept. 9
11 a.m. - Oklahoma vs. Rice
1:30 p.m. - UTSA vs. Louisiana State
4:30 p.m. - Texas A&M vs. Florida
7 p.m. - Notre Dame vs. Southern California

Saturday, Sept. 10
11 a.m. - Texas A&M vs. Louisiana State
1:30 p.m. - Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame
4:30 p.m. - Southern California vs. Florida
7 p.m. - UTSA vs. Rice

Sunday, Sept. 11
11 a.m. - Notre Dame vs. Florida
1 p.m. - Texas A&M vs. Southern California
3 p.m. - Louisiana State vs. Rice
5 p.m. - UTSA vs. Oklahoma

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