California University of Pennsylvania's intercollegiate sports teams and players are called the "Vulcans" (after the Roman god of Fire and Volcanoes), and participate in the NCAA's Division II in all sports and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in most sports. The school colors are Red, Black, and White. The mascot of California is Blaze the Vulcan.
The Vulcan Football Team won the Division II PSAC West Championship in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2008 California won the recently resurrected PSAC Championship game, claiming the conference title. California won back-to-back Northeast Regional Championships in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, under Head Coach John Luckhardt, California achieved a 13-1 record, including a 6-0 record in-conference.
California's Women's Volleyball Team has also encountered recent success, going 34-4 overall and 10-0 in-conference play in 2007 before falling in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Division-II Volleyball Championship Tournament.
The school's Men's & Women's basketball teams have been a high point as well, with both teams advancing to the PSAC Final Four on March 6, 2008.
In 2009, both Cal U's Women's Volleyball and Women's Soccer teams advanced to the NCAA-DII Elite Eight round of the playoffs before being eliminated from contention. California's football team stumbled early in the season, dropping three games early in the season before marching into the PSAC Championship game vs. Eastern Division representative Shippensburg University. Shippensburg defeated the Vulcans for the title of PSAC Champions. Despite the loss, the Vulcans earned a playoff berth. The Vulcans defeated Fayetteville State University, returned to avenge the PSAC Championship loss against Shippensburg, and defeated the first ranked offense of West Liberty State University. However, the Vulcans' improbable run ended for the third straight season in the semi-final round, as the Vulcans were shut down by Northwest Missouri State University, 56-24.
Many of California's athletic events are covered by the University's television and radio stations, CUTV and WCAL 91.9 FM. In some instances, CUTV has provided video for CBS College Sports Network and PCN. On occasion, Vulcan football games are broadcast by Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. The National Semifinal rounds were broadcast worldwide in 2007 on ESPNU and ESPN Classic on December 6, 2008. Cal U appeared again on national television in 2009 for the National Semifinal round of the football playoffs on CBS College Sports Network.
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