Daemen sells out home arena for season opener against UCLA

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Good luck trying to get a ticket to UCLA’s season opener — they have all been purchased.

Daemen announced via social media earlier this week that the team’s season opener versus UCLA on Jan. 2 is now officially sold out.

The second-year NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball program in upstate New York sold tickets for all 400 seats inside Lumsden Gymnasium within 15 days of the tickets going on sale for the match.

This match will be the first time in its program history that Daemen will play a nationally ranked team.

The Wildcats in their inaugural season went 6-17 and finished in fourth place at the 2019 IVA Tournament. The team competing as an independent without a conference affiliation, though, was limited to three home matches.

Among the starters returning for Daemen includes All-Independent Team opposite Jahari Winkfield, who led the team last season with a 2.89 kills per game average. In addition, high school All-American outside attacker Zach Schneider joined the Wildcats in the offseason and is slated to make his college debut against the Bruins.

UCLA received a first-place vote and was ranked No. 2 in the preseason national coaches poll.

The Bruins finished last season reaching the MPSF Tournament semifinals and were in contention for the final at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

All-American middle attacker Daenan Gyimah returns for his senior season after ending 2019 fifth in the nation with a .435 attack percentage and had double-digit kills in 15 matches. Gyimah also spent the offseason playing for the Canadian Men’s National Team.

Along with its season opener against UCLA, Daemen will have home matches against No. 9 Pepperdine on Jan. 14 and Harvard on Jan. 16.

General admission tickets for both of these home matches are still available.