October has arrived and with it comes Homecoming weekend and the home athletic events. Pacific’s football and volleyball teams will be at home on the field and in the gym respectively.

Playing in front of families and alumni, the players coming out ready should not be a problem, but could they come out too excited?

“I’ll take a team that is too excited over one that is not emotionally ready to play,” head football coach Keith Buckley said. “We love the home crowd and our players love storming into that student section and celebrating with them.”

Coming off three straight homecoming victories, the Boxer football team looks to continue their winning streak against Lewis & Clark University Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. The Boxer volleyball team will also be returning home to face Whitworth University on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.

Led by the offensive firepower of senior Tiare Kaopua, the team will look to keep fighting in conference play.

“Homecoming games are always the top ones I look forward to playing in,” Kaopua said.

Being in her final season, she hopes to make this Homecoming weekend of home games one to remember.

With Whitman College that Friday and Whitworth University Saturday on Homecoming weekend and both teams being in the top standings of the conference, the competition will be tough.

On the other side of the offensive attack is freshman Karlee Duncan. Duncan will be playing in her first collegiate homecoming game.

“These games are coming in the middle of a tough stretch of games,” Duncan said. “Having these games at home in front of the crowds will be nice for us all.”

The men’s and women’s soccer teams also both have home games homecoming weekend on Sunday Oct. 16. The women will be playing at 12 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 2:30 p.m.

Get out there and support all Boxer teams this Homecoming weekend.

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