Other Sports Update

Here's a rundown on the other sports at UCLA, including men's and women's soccer, cross country, swimming, water polo and more. Other than football and basketball, UCLA has six other sports ranked in the top 25...

Men's Soccer:

The week of October 30-November 6 was huge for UCLA goalkeeper Zach Wells as he earned his first career selection to Soccer America's Team of the Week after shutting out third-ranked Stanford and Cal. Wells was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Week

Wells, a sophomore from Costa Mesa, Calif. (Newport Harbor HS), played 120 shutout minutes in a 0-0 tie with third-ranked Stanford Nov. 2. In the game, Wells faced 15 shots and made three saves. In the 24th-ranked Bruins' 1-0 overtime win over Cal on Nov. 4, Wells earned his third consecutive shutout and made four saves in 99 minutes, which brings his current shutout streak to a remarkable 440 minutes. Wells has not allowed a goal in his last four games.

UCLA (8-6-4 overall, 3-2-1) concludes regular-season play with a pair of home games this weekend, against Oregon State and 14th-ranked Washington

It has also been a big week for defender Alex Yi. He has been named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's longest-standing player of the year award, as well as for the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award. Yi was the 2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

Cross Country:

The men's and women's cross country teams will be competing Saturday women, ranked No. 17 in the U. S., at the NCAA West Region Qualifying meet, held at the Randolph North Golf Course in Tucson, AZ and hosted by the University of Arizona. Saturday's event serves as the west regional qualifying meet to the upcoming 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships, on Monday, Nov. 19 at Greenville, SC and hosted by Furman University

The 17th-ranked Bruin women are looking to capture their third NCAA at-large team bid in the last four years (the UCLA women also qualified as a team in 1998 and '99). Some of the women running for the Bruins include junior Elaine Canchola; sophomores, Lena Nilsson, Valerie Flores and Tiffany Burgess; along with true freshmen, Alejandra Barrientos, UCLA's No. 1 runner this season who has been slowed the last several weeks recovering from the flu, Lori Mann and Carolyn Shea. The alternate will be sophomore Jessica Marr. The men's team has been slowed by injuries throughout the season, but will be attempt to qualify a number of individual runners.


Men's Golf:

UCLA sophomore John Merrick finished in a tie for fourth place individually at 208, eight-under par. Merrick fired a final round 66. Senior Parker McLachlin tied for 23rd at 215, one-under par. He posted a second round score of 69. Junior Sang-Eun Ji tied for 30th at even par 216. Sophomores Roy Moon (222) and Steve Conway (228) tied for 59th and 83rd, respectively as the UCLA men's golf team finished eighth at The Prestige, hosted by UC Davis and Stanford at the Desert Willow Golf Resort Tuesday.

The Bruins three-round total of 861 was three-under par. Washington won the tournament with a team score of 844, 20-under par. Kansas, the first round leader, and Colorado finished second at 849, followed by Northwestern at 852 and UC Davis at 857. The Bruins will participate in the 49er Collegiate Classic later this week at the Industry Hills Zaharias Course.

Men's Water Polo:

The Bruin men's water polo team is coming off of bask-to-back 8-7 victories this past weekend against Pepperdine and UCSB. UCLA staged a rally late in its victory over third-ranked Pepperdine last Saturday. Freshman driver Brett Ormsby finished with three goals, including two scores in the final 75 seconds to erase the Waves' one-goal lead. Jeff Pflueger recorded two goals and two assists. Junior two-meter defender Matt Flesher then added a goal and three assists.

With sophomore Albert Garcia two first quarter goals the Bruins built a 5-1 halftime lead Sunday as UCLA's underclassmen made sure that Senior Day at Sunset Canyon Rec Center would not be spoiled by UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos rallied for three unanswered goals before UCLA reestablished control late in the third period. Ormsby's second goal of the match with three minutes left in regulation proved to be the eventual game-winner as UCLA defeated UCSB 8-7.

The Bruins travel to Irvine to tackle the UCI Anteaters at 7 p.m. in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday night at Anteater Aquatics Complex. UCLA (11-3 overall, 6-1 MPSF) will finish in second place in the regular season standings behind Stanford regardless of Saturday's outcome.

Women's Basketball:

The UCLA women's basketball team got off on the right foot with an 83-56 exhibition victory over Delta Kosice of Slovakia to open the 2001-02 preseason.

Senior Michelle Greco has 23 points and six rebounds and senior Malika Leatham completed a double-double with 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in only 24 minutes. The Bruins outshot Delta Kosice, 42.4%-29.7% and held a 51-36 advantage on the boards. The Bruins also forced 28 turnovers.

Guard Gennifer Arranaga nearly recorded a double-double, scoring eight points 
and pulling down 10 rebounds in 19 minutes. Point guard
Natalie Nakase also
scored eight points. The Bruins next host the L.A. All-Stars in an exhibition game
on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Pauley Pavilion at 2:00 pm.

Bruin fans - keep your ticket stubs from the Nov. 10 UCLA-Oregon Football Game and redeem those ticket stubs for a Buy One-Get One Free offer on reserved tickets for the UCLA Women's Basketball Season Opener versus Ohio State on Nov. 24 at 4:00pm. Bring your ticket stubs to the Central Ticket Office on campus prior to the Ohio State game or on game day to receive your Buy One-Get One Free (limit 4 total) for each UCLA-Oregon Football ticket stub presented.

Women's Gymnastics:

Eleven-time All-American Mohini Bhardwaj concluded a very successful World Championships by placing seventh on the vault with a two-vault average of 9.037.

Bhardwaj, who earlier helped the U.S. win the bronze medal in the team competition, scored a 9.375 on her first vault, a double-twisting laid-out Yurchenko, valued at a 9.8. Her start value decreased significantly for her second vault, a tucked Tsukahara full (valued at a 9.3), on which she scored an 8.7. Gymnasts are required to do vaults from two different vault families during the event finals.

Women's Soccer:

For the third straight year the third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team completed its homw season undefeated by closing out both Washington schools this past weekend at Drake Stadium. On Friday, UCLA used an own goal by the Huskies to register a 1-0 victory over No. 16 Washington. On that goal, Bruin forward Stephanie Rigamat crossed a ball into the UW box, forcing a UW defender to knock it in when trying to clear it. UCLA outshot Washington, 20-2, holding the Huskies to zero second-half shots. On Sunday, Bruin seniors took control on Senior Day, scoring all three UCLA goals in a 3-1 win over Washington State. Staci Duncan, Mary-Frances Monroe and Stephanie Rigamat all scored for the Bruins as UCLA registered its seventh-straight victory over the Cougars.

The UCLA will be heading up to the Bay Area for a showdown with California on Friday and Stanford on Sunday. The Bruins lead the all-time series with Cal 4-3, having beaten the Golden Bears 4-1 in the last meeting between the two teams in 2000. Cal is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation and stands at 11-5-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the Pac-10. Then Sunday the Bruins take on the Cardinal in Palo Alto. Following a 6-0 road loss to Stanford in 1999, UCLA returned the favor last season in Westwood, taking a 5-0 victory. The Cardinal enter the week ranked No. 4 in the nation and are tied for first with UCLA in the Pac-10 with a 6-1-0 record. The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 3-3-1.

Women's Swimming:

UCLA's women's swimming and diving team finished in third place in the Southern Methodist University Classic with 292 points. Elvira Fischer and Sara Platzer led the Bruins in Saturday evening's competition. Fischer finished first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:15.94 and Platzer won the 100 Freestyle in 50.35. Junior Heidi Prosser placed second in the three-meter springboard with 283.80 points.

In the 500 freestyle, Erin Zehntner finished third (4:57.96) and Jackie Lobdell finished eighth. Katie Winkelhaus placed fourth in the 200 backstroke (2:05.21) and Lobdell placed ninth. In the 200 breaststroke, Fischer placed first and Cathy Coler finished eighth. In the 100 freestyle, Platzer came in first, with freshman Malin Svahnstrom in eighth. Kristen Lewis finished fifth (2:04.59) in the 200 fly and Coler finished eighth. Svahnstrom placed fifth in the 200 IM (2:07.27) and Winkelhaus finished ninth.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the team of Winkelhaus, Svahnstrom, Zehntner and Platzer came in fourth in a time of 3:27.98. And, in the 200 freestyle relay, the Bruin team of Platzer, Zehntner, Lewis and Coler finished fifth in 1:37.95. The Bruins will continue competition against Arizona State, Friday, November 16 in Tempe, AZ and will face Arizona on November 17.

Women's Volleyball:

The UCLA women's volleyball team is following the soccer team up to the Bay Area this for matches at California, No. 3 Stanford and St. Mary's. The Bruins will take on their conference opponents on Thursday and Friday evenings before traveling to Moraga, CA, to face the Gaels at 2 pm on Sunday.

UCLA is waiting on the NCAA to make a decision regarding the eligibility of senior outside hitter Kristee Porter. Porter was declared ineligible by UCLA on Oct. 19 after UCLA became aware of the possibility that Porter inadvertently accepted what the NCAA would consider as "extra benefits". She has missed UCLA's last six matches. In her career Porter has amassed 2,189 kills (Pac-10 and UCLA career record holder, 17th in NCAA history), 1,085 digs (9th UCLA history), 50 solo blocks, 205 block assists, 255 total blocks, 97 service aces. Porter was the 2000 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year.


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