Heading into the NCAA Final Four of women's water polo the defending national champion Bruins (21-3 overall, 10-1 MPSF) were at the top of the American Water Polo Coaches Association poll. The Bruins moved into the top spot by defeating both No. 3 USC and then No. 1 Stanford in the MPSF semifinal and championship matches this past weekend, which included a hat trick scored by junior Jessica Lopez.
The Bruins will meet Loyola Marymount at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium on Saturday, May 11, at 5:00 p.m. The Championship game will take place Sunday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m.
UCLA (44-6, 12-3) continues to hold the top spot in the USA Today/NFCA Softball Poll garnering all 27 first-place votes. Led by both Pitcher of the Week sophomore Keira Goerl and Player of the Week senior Stacey Nuveman, the Bruins head north to take on the Oregon May 3, and Oregon State May 4-5.
The Bruins close out the regular schedule at home against No.2 ranked Arizona on May 10 and Arizona State in a doubleheader on May 11. The NCAA Selection Show will be broadcast on Sunday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. on ESPNews.
It had been 13 years since the UCLA Men's Tennis team swept both the singles and doubles championships in the Pac-10, but that is exactly what happened this past Sunday in Ojai, Calif.
In the singles finals, junior Rodrigo Grilli defeated Alex Vlaki of Washington 6-4, 6-3. In the doubles final, Marcin Markowski and Jean-Julien Rojer the top seeds and ranked No.1 defeated the No.2 ranked Stanford team 9-7.
Track and Field:
Head coaches Jeannette Bolden and Art Venegas will lead the No.4 ranked UCLA Women's and No.18 ranked Men's Track and Field teams this Saturday, May 4, at Drake Stadium in the annual UCLA/USC dual meet. Bolden holds a 67-0 record in dual meets while coaching the Bruins.
In Trackwire's Team Power Rankings (based on individual marks and dual meet strength) the Bruin women are rated No.1 and the Bruin men are ranked No.2.
Last year the Trojans broke the UCLA men's streak of 22 consecutive dual meet victories over USC. The UCLA women have won the past nine dual meets against the Trojans. While the meet takes place this Saturday, FSN2 will not broadcast the meet until Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m.
The women's doubles team fell short losing the Pac-10 title match Sunday in Ojai, Calif. Bruins Megan Bradley and Lauren Fisher fell to Cal's doubles team 8-6. But the future of this doubles team definitely looks bright for the Bruins as Bradley is a freshman and Fisher is a sophomore.
The next stop for the Bruins is the NCAA Regionals coming up May 10-12.
Two more recruits have been added to the class that will enter UCLA this fall. The Bruins (20-25) have added two versatile players that head coach Gary Adams believes will see early playing time.
Hector Ambriz, RHP, Placentia (Calif.) Valencia high school was rated the No.41 high school prospect by Baseball America. He currently has a 7-1 record with a nasty 0.59 ERA with 91 strikeouts.
Garett White, LHP, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial high school is a solid pitcher with a strong bat as well. He handed USA Today's No.9 ranked Stockdale high school its only two losses of the season. White's father, Brett, was a kicker on the UCLA football team 1974-75. He led the team in scoring in 1974 with 54 points.
After leading the UCLA Women's Golf team to a second place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, head coach Carrie Leary was named the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The team's finish this year was the highest since 1996.
Also receiving as honor was freshman Yvonne Choe who was name 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Choe finished fourth in the Pac-10 Championships and was named the All-Pac-10 second team.