Update on Other Sports

UCLA has three teams currently ranked #1 in the country -- the men's volleyball team as well as the reigning NCAA champion teams in softball and women's gymnastics. Here's an update on UCLA's dominance in other sports...

UCLA's softball team, the defending NCAA Champions, is 13-0 and ranked #1 in the country, as ranked by the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

UCLA was ranked #1 to begin the season.

UCLA won two more games in a tournament at San Diego State last weekend, beating San Diego and Nevada, 3-0 and 4-0, bringing their record for the season to 21-0.

The Lady Bruins return 11 players from last year's championship team, including Women's College World Series Most Valuable Player Keira Goerl, who threw the first no-hitter in the history of the NCAA Championship game last May.

UCLA senior centerfield Stephanie Ramos was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week. Ramos hit .800 for the week.

The Bruins travel to Fresno for the Clovis Auto Row Classic later this week, and will play North Texas, Utah, San Diego State, and Oregon State.

The NCAA Championships will be held April 15-17 at Pauley Pavilion.

The UCLA softball program has won nine national championships.

The women's gymnastics team, the reigning NCAA champs, is ranked #1 in the country.

On Sunday, they defeated 19th ranked Michigan, 198.325-195.725. It was the last regular season home meet by UCLA's seniors, and they each performed very well.

Seniors Jeanette Antolin and Kristen Maloney went 1-2 in the all-around. Antolin and senior Yvonne Tousek scored perfect 10s, senior Christy Erickson tied her career high on floor exercise in her final routine, and senior Jamie Dantzscher recorded a season-high on floor to close the meet.

Gymnastics rankings are now based on RQS (regional qualifying score). The RQS is determined by taking the top six scores, three of which must be on the road, dropping the high and averaging the remaining five. UCLA holds an RQS of 197.9 after Sunday's meet, .5 ahead of #2-ranked Utah. The Bruins hold the top spot on uneven bars (49.410) and balance beam (49.495) and ranks second on vault (49.405) and floor (49.430).

Earlier this season, UCLA tied the all-time national scoring record for a meet, scoring a 198.875 against Oregon State.

UCLA has been bolstered by the return of four-time NCAA champion Jamie Dantzscher and former Olympian Kristen Mahoney. Dantzscher recently scored a UCLA-record 28th perfect 10. Jeanette Antolin, who ranks No. 1 in the nation, recorded the fifth-best all-around total in NCAA history in a recent meet, scoring a 39.875. She averages 39.754 on the year.

The top-ranked Bruins will travel to Gainesville to take on #7-ranked Florida Friday.

The women's gymnastics program has won four national championships, including three in the last four years.

The top-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team won the 27th annual Kilgore Cup Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion, beating Stanford, 3-2.

The victory raised UCLA's record to 16-3 overall.

The Bruins travel to #13 UC San Diego on Wednesday before visiting #4 Long Beach State on Friday.

The men's golf team is currently ranked #2 in the nation, being led by seniors Steve Conway and Travis Johnson.

It took sixth in the Cleveland Classic this last weekend.

The Bruins have a few more tournaments before the Pac-10 championships April 26-28 in Arizona. The NCAA Regionals will be held May 20-22, and the NCAA championships June 1-4.

Men's gold has won one national championship, in 1988.

The #-2 ranked women's gold team won the San Jose State Spartan Invitational Wednesday in Salinas by 21 shots.

The 54-hole score of 858, which is six-under par, is a school record, breaking the mark UCLA set earlier this season in finishing second at the Stanford Invitational with a score of 859 (-5).v Junior Charlotee Mavorkas, a 2003 first-team All-American, won her second tournament title in three weeks.

The defending national champion women's water polo team is currently ranked #3 in the country, with an 8-2 record overall and 3-0 in the MPSF. The Bruins have won two national championships, in 2001 and 2003.

The men's tennis team is currently ranked 10th in the country, and the women's team is #11.

The women's basketball team just lost a heart-breaker to #12 Stanford in the semi-final of the Pac-10 tournament, 70-66, Sunday.

UCLA out-played Stanford for most of the game, actually building a 11-point lead in the second half over the Cardinal. It was a critical game for the Bruins, with a win potentially getting them an NCAA at-large bid.

The Bruins finished the regular season 17-12, having won nine of their last 12 games. Noelle Quinn, the 6-0 freshman wing, was awarded the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. She and sophomore point guard Nikkie Blue earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. 5-11 sophomore Lisa Willis received an honorable mention.

Three starters and six of UCLA's top nine players are either sophomores of freshmen.

Head Coach Kathy Olivier also has one of the best high school senior frontcourt players in the country coming to UCLA next year in 6-3 Lindsey Pluimer of San Clemente High School. Pluimer recently was named to the girl's McDonald's All-America game, and just this last weekend led San Clemente to the CIF Southern Section Division I-A Championship. She was named the Division 1 Player of the Year her last two seasons, and it's her third CIF championship. As a senior, Lindsey has averaged 23.4 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.4 blocks per game.

Also joining her as a freshman next year is 5-9 guard Laura Pedersen, who just led her Brea Olinda team to the Southern Section Division II-A championship. Pederson averaged almost 15 points a game while shooting 39% from three.

Coincidentally, Pluimer faced off against her future teammate in the Division I-A title game, 5-9 junior point guard Ashlee Trebilcock from Newhall Hart, who has verbally committed to UCLA. Trebilcock averaged 21 points a game as a junior and is widely considered a top 10 national player in the country for her class.

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