Other Sports Update

There are sports other than football and men's basketball that are hitting high gear at UCLA, including two #1-ranked teams. BRO wants to help you keep up with all of UCLA athletics, so here is the latest regarding those "other sports"...

Women's Gymnastics:

 

Top ranked UCLA saw senior Onnie Willis named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for January 19-24. This past Sunday, Willis won the all-around at the Bruin Classic against Cal, CSUF and UC Davis. It was the Bruins' home opener.

 

Friday the Bruins travel to Gill Coliseum to take on 13th ranked Oregon State. UCLA comes into the meet ranked No. 1 in the nation in all team categories. The Bruins swept the all-around at the Bruin Classic with Jamie Dantzscher and Kate Richardson finishing two and three behind Wilson.

 

The Bruins won the team trophy at Utah's Smith's Challenge Cup earlier this month, breaking the Utes' NCAA record 23-year home winning streak.

 

Men's Tennis:

 

The top-ranked Bruins (1-0) host Fresno State this Friday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center starting at 1:30 p.m. UCLA is a perfect 20-0 all-time record against the Bulldogs.

 

Monday No. 1 seed Tobias Clemens won the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup for the second year in a row. Clemens defeated fellow Bruin Marcin Matkowski in the final with a score of 6-2, 6-1.

 

Women's Basketball:

 

The second-place Bruins (11-5 overall, 6-1 conference) return to Pauley Pavilion this weekend to take on Stanford and Cal. The Cardinal sits atop the Pac-10 and will play Friday night at 7 p.m. Then Cal takes on the Bruins on Sunday at Noon.

 

UCLA is scoring 17 points per game more this season than last season. The Bruins are averaging 76.4 PPG compared to 59.0 PPG last season. UCLA is also shooting the ball much better this season with a 44% clip compared to 34% last season.

 

Michelle Greco leads the Pac-10 in scoring, averaging 18.6 PPG. She also ranks first in steals with 2.69 per game and is fourth in free throw percentage, shooting 81%. The Bruins freshmen class of Nikki Blue, Lisa Willis, Julia Pitts, Emma Tautolo and Ortal Oren has contributed 43% of UCLA's scoring.

 

Men's Volleyball:

 

The third-ranked Bruins play host to No. 9 Long Beach State tonight at 7 p.m., and then take on UC San Diego on Saturday night, also at 7 p.m. These two matches close out a four-game homestand before the Bruins travel to BYU next week for a pair of matches in Provo, UT.

 

Last week the Bruins split matches against UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine. UCLA won 3-0 against Santa Cruz, out-blocking them 15-1. Sophomore outside hitter Jonathan Acosta led all players with nine kills. Sophomore Paul Johnson added eight kills and four blocks.

 

The Bruins lost for the second time this season to UC Irvine, both times going to 5-game matches. Acosta and sophomore Gray Garrett led the Bruins with 17 kills each, and juniors J.T. Wenger and Matt Shubin added 14 and 11 kills each.

 

Track and Field:

 

Nine Bruins competed last weekend at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, NV. Competing for the men were Jared Drake, Yoo Kim and Pat Luke. The women participants were Karen Bewley, Chelsea Johnson, Jamie Kolar, Gail Larsen, Bridget Pearson and Jenea Russ.

 

For the men Kim finished fifth at 16-2.75 and Luke placed sixth also getting to 16-2.75. Bewley, who finished first in College Women Section 3 with a vault of 12-7.50. Kolar finished tied for third in College Women Section 2 at 12-9.50, led the women. Johnson, a freshman, was the top Bruin in College Women Section 1 finishing in fifth place with a vault of 12-11.50.

 

The Bruins continue the indoor track season Saturday, February 1, at the Washington Invitational in Seattle, WA.

 

The women's track team is ranked #3 in the country, and the men are 18th.

 

Women's Tennis:

 

This week the No. 7 Bruins host Long Beach State and Pepperdine. UCLA takes on The 49ers today and will host the Waves on noon on Saturday. The Bruins are 26-0 all-time against the 49ers and 34-12 all-time against Pepperdine.

 

At the Pac-10 Indoor Tennis Championships in Seattle, Wash., the Bruin doubles team of freshman Shilpa Joshi and sophomore Anya Loncaric claimed the doubles title. The Bruins defeated the USC team in the finals 8-4.

 

Women's Swimming & Diving:

 

The 13th-ranked Bruins are off this week before facing Stanford on Friday, January 31st and Cal on Saturday, February 1st. So far this season four Bruins have achieved NCAA Championship qualifying times.

 

The automatic qualifiers are Kristen Lewis - 200m Fly, Sara Platzer - 50 and 100m Free, Lalin Svahanstrom - 200IM and Kim Vandenberg - 200 Fly.

 

The women's swimming and diving team is ranked 12th in the nation.


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