The top-seeded Bruins entered their sixth consecutive College Cup with high hopes as they aimed to win the program's first national title, but it was not meant to be. A 41st minute penalty kick by North Carolina put the Tar Heels ahead 1-0 and despite some chances to even the score up, the Bruins were not able to do so and lost 1-0. The game got off to a bad start for UCLA as senior midfielder McCall Zerboni left early on in the match with an injured ankle. Zerboni led the tournament in scoring with four goals and an assist in the previous four matches and she was definitely missed as the Bruins struggled to generate any threats from either flank all match long. North Carolina would go on to defeat Notre Dame and win the national championship as the Bruins left the College Cup title-less for the sixth consecutive season and were eliminated by UNC for the third time in those six years. Despite the loss, the Bruins set a school record for losses in a season with only one in 25 matches. While the seniors end their careers without a national title, they will not leave without some amazing accomplishments as they won four Pac 10 titles, went to four College Cups and had an overall record of 85-9-6. On a positive note, freshman Sydney Leroux, who missed the NCAA tournament to play with the United States U-20 national team in the U-20 World Cup, not only won the World Cup with her U.S. team, but she earned the Golden Shoe(most goals in the tournament) and Golden Ball (the tournament's top player).
The women's volleyball entered the NCAA Tournament with the #14 overall seed and with it, the right to host the first and second rounds of the tournament. They took advantage of the home court edge this weekend when they defeated LSU in four sets on Friday and Duke in three sets on Saturday to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. On Friday, Dicey McGraw led the Bruins with 13 kills and Ali Daley had a double double. On Saturday, McGraw led the Bruins again with another 13 kills while Nellie Spicer picked up the double double as she notched 35 assists and 11 digs. The Bruins will now travel to Austin to face the #3 overall seed Texas in the regional semifinal. The game is slated to begin at 4:30 pm PST and if the Bruins win, they will face the winner of the Oregon-Iowa St. match at 3:30 pm PST on Sunday. That match will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
The Bruins continue to roll on as they picked up their third and fourth consecutive wins this week. UCLA took Cal St. Bakersfield to the woodshed on Wednesday, defeating the Roadrunners 104-57. The Bruins led by as much as 50 at one point and had more offensive rebounds (29) than Bakersfield had total rebounds (25). The team continued their dominating ways on Sunday when they raced past Nevada 62-47 to improve their record to 6-1. UCLA held Nevada to 25.5% shooting as they continued to play exceptional defense. Only one team has scored 65 points on the Bruins this season and four haven't gotten 55. UCLA has only one game this week as they welcome San Diego to Pauley Pavilion on Sunday.
Swimming and Diving
The swim and dive team headed to the Texas Invitational hoping for some solid performances, but they bested all expectations as multiple Bruins personal bests and had NCAA qualifying marks. On day one of the three day competition the Bruins had five NCAA qualifying times, set nine lifetime bests and recorded 16 season best times. On day two UCLA had five NCAA "B" times, had 11 lifetime bests and 10 season bests. On the final day there were more bests as UCLA swimmers recorded two NCAA qualifying times, two NCAA "B" times and two times that qualified as both season and lifetime bests. That came to a total of seven NCAA times, seven NCAA "B" times, 22 lifetime best times and 26 season best times. The team will now be off until January.
Calendar (all times pacific)
Friday, December 12
Women's Volleyball vs. Texas (NCAA Regional Semi), 4:30 pm- Austin, TX
Saturday, December 13
Women's Volleyball vs. Oregon or Iowa St. (NCAA Regional Final), 3:30 pm- Austin, TX- TV: ESPNU
Sunday, December 14
Women's Basketball vs. San Diego, 2:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion