Update on UCLA's Other Sports

With UCLA swept up in football mania, it's easy to overlook that UCLA currently has five ranked teams in other sports, including women's soccer and men's water polo...

There are a number of other athletics teams at UCLA, some of which are ranked, that are beginning or in the midst of their season. Bruin Report Online will be following these teams with updating stories, so fans can receive coverage of a number of sports in one story.

Women's Soccer:

The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team came back from a one-goal deficit to defeat local rival USC, 2-1 Sunday in a Pac-10 Conference matchup at UCLA's Drake Stadium. With the victory, UCLA improves to 12-1 overall and 3-0 in Pac-10 play. USC falls to 7-4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference action.

USC scored the first goal of the match a little over five minutes in when forward Brittany Savelkoul beat UCLA goalkeeper CiCi Peterson on a breakaway to give the Women of Troy a 1-0 lead.

UCLA answered eight minutes later when Bruin forward Staci Duncan lobbed a loose ball over USC goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes to tie the score at one apiece.

Following a 1-1 tie at the half, Bruin forward Mary-Frances Monroe scored the game-winning goal at the 62:16 mark on a hard shot from the top of the USC box.

With the victory, UCLA improves to 9-2-1 all-time against the Women of Troy. This was also the second-straight victory for UCLA over its crosstown rival as the Bruins defeated USC, 3-0 in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament.

UCLA will hit the road this week for a pair of matches against the Oregon schools. On Friday, the Bruins will take on Oregon in Eugene at 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, UCLA will head to Corvallis for a match with Oregon State beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball:

Missing its top player, Kristee Porter, the fifth-ranked women's volleyball team fell to USC Friday at Pauley Pavilion 25-30, 28-30, 30-21, 30-22, 15-11. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 10-4 (5-3 Pac-10), while USC improves to 13-1, 8-0 Pac-10.

Senior outside hitter Ashley Bowles played a huge match for the Bruins. Statistically, she led the Bruins with 21 kills, two service aces and 17 digs to go along with two solo blocks and a block assist. Throughout the match, Bowles' serving kept the Women of Troy off-balance, leading to victories in the otherwise statistically even first two games.

Junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick also made important contributions for the Bruins, downing 20 kills and seven digs along with a block assist. Freshman Heather Cullen, making her first collegiate start, was also in double figures for the Bruins, recording 10 kills and 13 digs along with four block assists on the evening.

UCLA opened the match with a 4-0 run, and held the lead throughout the game. The two teams posted nearly identical statistics. USC had 14 kills to UCLA's 13, the Women of Troy had nine errors to UCLA's eight, both teams had 45 attacks and an identical .111 attack percentage and an identical 20 digs. The Bruins did hold the lead in three categories, as they out-aced USC 2-1, had fewer service errors (one for UCLA, five for USC), and the Bruins had four team blocks to USC's two.

Game two was closely fought throughout, as the teams were tied as late as 28-28, and neither team held a lead greater than two points at any time in the game. UCLA prevailed 30-28, and went to the locker rooms with a 2-0 lead.

Porter had been declared ineligible for competition by UCLA on Friday prior to the USC match.

UCLA had become aware of the possibility that Porter inadvertently accepted what would be considered by the NCAA as "extra benefits." As part of the process, UCLA declared Porter ineligible for competition. UCLA has investigated the matter and forwarded a report to the NCAA. The report includes the facts of the case and a request that Porter's eligibility be restored. Until the NCAA renders a decision, Porter will not be allowed to compete.

"We recently were made aware of a possible violation in connection with Kristee and have forwarded our findings to the NCAA," said Associate Athletic Director Betsy Stephenson. "We feel it is in the best interest of the University to withhold her from matches until we receive a decision from the NCAA."

Stephenson indicated that the issue surrounds the acceptance of items from a person whom Porter has considered a friend for three years. Recently, the person has been a part-time occupant at Porter's apartment.

NCAA rules state that for a benefit to be permissible, the relationship between the student-athlete and friend must pre-date the student-athlete's status as a prospect. That was not the case in this matter, because Porter and the person became friends following Porter's enrollment at UCLA.

In addition, the person is not believed to be an agent or involved in the activities of a sports agent in any way and is not a booster of the UCLA athletic program.

UCLA will not comment further until the situation has been resolved.

Women's Golf:

The UCLA women's golf team finished fifth over the weekend at the Stanford Pepsi Invitational, hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course.

On Sunday, the Bruins posted a team score of 287, one-under par, for a 54-hole total of 875. They beat Arizona State by 11 shots and finished one shot out of fourth behind Washington.

Tulsa won the tournament with a team score of 855, nine-under par. USC finished in a tie for second place with Vanderbilt at 872, eight-over par.

The Bruins' final round score of 287 was their best team score under third-year coach Carrie Leary. Senior Alicia Um led the charge with a career best score of 69, three-under par, and finished in a tie for 11th place. Sophomore Gina Umeck recorded a one-under par round of 71, which was her first collegiate round below par. She tied for ninth place, a season best. Sophomore Melissa Martin tied for 21st at 221 after a final round 75, and junior Vivian Phosomran tied for 24th at 222 after posting an even par score of 72. Johanna Andersson tied for 44th at 228 and sophomore Saki Uechi, playing as an individual, tied for 38th at 226.

Women's Swimming:

In the opening meet of the 2001-2002 season Friday, the defending Pac-10 champion UCLA Bruins defeated the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 170-92, and the Oregon State Beavers, 169-95. UCLA is now 1-0 in Pac-10 competition and 2-0 overall.

The Bruins took first place in 10 of 14 events against the Gauchos. Senior Elvira Fischer, junior Erica Shugart and freshman Malin Svahnstrom each claimed a pair of first place finishes. Fischer won the 100 and 200 breast in 1:04.96 and 2:17.17, respectively. Shugart swept the 50 and 100 free in 23.79 and 53.28, respectively. Svahnstrom, a freshman, claimed a pair of first place finishes in the 200 IM (2:06.07) and the 200 Free (1:52.40). Kristen Lewis also claimed a pair of first place finishes in the 100 and 200 Fly, finishing in 57.12 and 2:04.46, respectively. In the 200 medley relay, the team of LeAnne Cadag, Fischer, Katie Younglove and Carolyn Conrad claimed first in a time of 1:47.93. And, Erin Zehntner took first place in the 500 free in 5:00.84.

UCLA took first place in eight of six events against the Beavers. In addition to Svahnstrom's pair of wins, Lewis placed first in the 100 fly, Cadag took first in the 100 back (59.00), sophomore Katie Winkelhaus took first in the 200 back (2:06.47) and Shugart placed first in the 50 free. The Bruins also took first in the 200 medley relay (1:47.93) and 400 free relay (3:30.55).

The Bruins will travel to the Southern Methodist University Classic, in Dallas, TX, Nov. 2-3. The first Bruin home meet will be against the University of Illinois at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

Men's and Women's Cross Country:

Eric Peterson's UCLA women and men's cross country teams captured the team titles on Friday at the CS Fullerton Invitational, held at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. The Bruins also won both individual races, with freshman Ben Aragon capturing the men's 8000m and sophomore Lena Nilsson running to the women's 5000m title.

In the women's team scoring, UCLA, ranked this week No. 22 in the nation, won with 15 points, followed by Pepperdine (61), CS San Marcos (67), UC Santa Barbara "B" (107) and Loyola Marymount (124).

Nilsson, running her first cross country race of the season, covered the 5000m course in 18:04.7. Last spring in outdoor track, Nilsson established herself as one of UCLA's top runners. In 800m competition, she placed ninth at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor and third at the 2001 Pac-10.

The Bruins placed five other runners in the Top 10, sophomore Tiffany Burgess (second, 18:11.6), junior Julia Barbour (fourth, 18:23.1), freshman Carmen Winant (fifth, 18:25.4), junior Kelly Grimes (sixth, 18:38.2) and freshman Christine Atkins (ninth, 19:17.1).

In the men's team scoring, the Bruins won with 21 points, followed by the Men of Troy (40) and Pepperdine (83).

Aragon, who was also UCLA's top men's finisher at the Roy Griak Invite on Sept. 29 and at the Arizona State Invite (fourth-place) on Oct. 5, won the 8000m race in a time of 25:01.3.

The UCLA men had five other runners finish in the Top 10 – freshman Puneet Mahan (third, 25:44.4), freshman Seth Neumuller (seventh, 25:52.7), junior Phil Young (eighth, 25:56.2), senior Justin Patananan (ninth, 26:00.9) and freshman Reggie Oronoz (10th, 26:05.0). Senior Martin Brix was 11th (26:07.5).

UCLA's top women's runners, freshman Alejandra Barrientos, junior Elaine Canchola and sophomore Valerie Flores, along with UCLA's top men's competitor, senior Bryan Green, did not compete. They are training through the weekend, preparing for the upcoming 2001 Pacific-10 Championships, on Sat., Oct. 27 at Pavilion Lakes Golf Course in Scottsdale, AZ.

Men's Soccer:

The 20th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team dropped its first Pac-10 Conference game of the season Sunday, falling to fourth-ranked Washington, 3-1, in Seattle despite the Bruins outshooting the Beavers 25-12 in the loss.

The Huskies struck early, scoring a goal in the ninth minute off a Ben Somoza free kick. Washington held that lead until UCLA equalized in the 68th minute. Forward Tim Pierce received a pass from Chadd Davis and curved an 18-yard shot into the upper right corner for his second goal in as many games.

However, Washington regained the lead in the 73rd minute off a Greg Foisie header and then scored an insurance goal in the 85th minute when Jake Sagare found the back of the net on a 12-yard shot off a deflected shot by Trevor Frobose.

UCLA goalkeeper Zach Wells made four saves in 90 minutes of play, while Washington keeper Chad Olsen made six saves. UCLA totaled 18 shots to Washington's 17.

UCLA's record drops to 6-5-2, 2-1-0 in the Pac-10. Washington improves to 10-1, 2-0-0 in the Pac-10. The Bruins next face Oregon State on Sunday, Oct. 21 at noon in Corvallis.

Men's Water Polo:

Senior two-meter Alfonso Tucay (Burbank/Burroughs) scored four times and driver Brett Ormsby (Fr., El Cajon/Valhalla) tallied the game-winner three minutes into overtime as No. 2 UCLA defeated No. 5 California 8-6 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation water polo match on Saturday at Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.

Tucay scored three of his four goals in the match's first eight minutes as UCLA built a 4-1 advantage. Meanwhile, Cal's offense was stymied as leading scorer Attila Banhidy collected a pair of ejections in the first period and was held in check for most of the match.

The Bruins (9-2, 4-0) took a 5-3 lead into the fourth quarter, but Cal outscored UCLA 3-1 in the final period to force overtime. The Golden Bears (8-3, 2-2) found an unusual way to find the tying score in the final half-minute of regulation, as UCLA goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) was ejected. Without a goalkeeper to defend the cage, the Bruin defense allowed Spencer Dornin to tie the score, 6-6, with seven seconds left.

Late in the first overtime, Cal driver Joe Kaiser was kicked out and Ormsby beat Bear goalkeeper Tim Kates to the near post just before the buzzer. Bruin two-meter defender Matt Flesher (Jr., Diamond Bar/Brea Olinda) added an insurance goal in the second extra frame, and the UCLA defense repelled all seven of Cal's possessions in extra time.

UCLA head coach Adam Kirkorian was impressed with the team's fast start and with Tucay's play in particular.

"When we were patient on offense and dumped the ball down to two meters, good things happened," Krikorian said.

Brooks registered eight saves, including a penalty shot by Banhidy in the first minute of the contest. The Bruin defense recorded 16 steals, including four each by Flesher and Brooks. Sophomore driver Albert Garcia (Long Beach/Wilson) added a goal and three assists.

UCLA maintained a share of first place in the MPSF heading into a showdown with top-ranked Stanford next Saturday at Avery Aquatics Complex.

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