#3 UCLA hosted their first home meet of the season Sunday and came away with a 196.375-193.675 win over Arizona. Bruin gymnasts set career highs in 16 events, including six on the floor and Vanessa Zamarripa won the all around as the Bruins improved to 1-1 on the year. UCLA gymnasts won three of the four events contested. In the vault, an Arizona gymnast won the even, but Bruins took places 2-4. In the uneven bar Anna Li picked up the win as UCLA took the top four spots. Mizuki Sato won the floor exercise and Bruins finished in first, second and third and Aisha Gerber won the balance beam as the Bruins took the top five spots. The Bruins compete next on Friday when they visit Cal St. Fullerton and Sunday when they host Cal.
Following a disappointing opening weekend that saw the Bruins lose two of three and drop to #8 in the rankings, UCLA lost another match before picking up their first MPSF win of the year. On Wednesday the Bruins hosted #2 Cal St. Northridge and were swept 30-18, 30-27, 30-22. They rebounded on Friday though and swept #9 UC Santa Barbara 33-31, 30-28, 30-28 to improve their record to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in MPSF play. The Bruins continue conference play this week as they head to Long Beach on Wednesday to host the #7 49ers before returning home to play UC San Diego on Friday.
Nikki Caldwell's Bruins continued Pac 10 play this week with a trip to the Grand Canyon State where they came away with a split. First, the Bruins were blown out by Arizona St. 68-44, but they responded with a fantastic defensive performance to earn a 10 point win over Arizona. Doreena Campbell had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists and the defense held the Wildcats to 23.4% shooting to come away with a 48-38 win. The Bruins (12-4, 3-2) return to Pauley Pavilion this weekend as they'll host the Washington schools on Thursday and Saturday.
#3 UCLA had individuals and doubles teams in action last weekend, including the team of Andrea Remnyse and Yasmin Schnack who won the National Collegiate Tennis Classic. The pair beat a Stanford pair in the final after beating USC's top pair in the semifinals. The entire team will come back together this week as they kick off their season with a visit from Cal St. Northridge on Wednesday and a trip to Malibu to play Pepperdine on Friday.
Men's Track and Field
#24 UCLA opened their indoor season last week in both Flagstaff, Arizona and Seattle, Washington. In Flagstaff, three Bruins achieved NCAA provisional marks, two in the shot put and one in the pole vault. In Seattle, Kyle Shackleton was the top collegiate finisher as he finished fourth in the 3,000 meters. The team is off until the 30th and 31st when they return to Seattle for the UW Invitational.
Women's Track and Field
The women were also in Seattle, but unfortunately nobody acheived a NCAA provisional time. There were some solid showings though as Krishna Curry set an lifetime best and finished second in the 800 meters and Camila Dencer finished second in the 400 meters. The women are also off until the 30th and 31st, but instead of returning to Seattle, they'll go to Idaho for the Bronco Invitational.
Women's Water Polo
Adam Krikorian's women's water polo team enters yet another season with a national title shot as they come in at #3 this year. They will begin their season in Ann Arbor as they compete in the Michigan Invitational with games versus Bucknell, Indiana and #10 Michigan.
#4 UCLA enters this season with high expectations and they'll have their chance to begin living up to those expectations when the season opens this week. The Bruins will host BYU on Thursday.
Women's Swimming and Diving
#16 UCLA jumps back in the pool this week after a week off when they host Washington on Saturday.
Calendar (all times pacific)
Wednesday, January 21
Women's Tennis vs. Cal St. Northridge, 1:30 pm- LA Tennis Center
Men's Volleyball at Long Beach St., 7:00 pm- Long Beach, CA
Thursday, January 22
Men's Tennis vs. BYU, 1:30 pm- LA Tennis Center
Women's Basketball vs. Washington St., 7:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion
Friday, January 23
Women's Tennis at Pepperdine, 1:30 pm- Malibu, CA
Women's Gymnastics at Cal St. Fullerton, 7:00 pm- Fullerton, CA
Men's Volleyball vs. UC San Diego, 7:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion
Saturday, January 24
Women's Water Polo vs. Bucknell, 5:15 am- Ann Arbor, MI
Women's Water Polo vs. Indiana, 10:15 am- Ann Arbor, MI
Women's Swim and Dive vs. Washington, 12:00 pm- Men's Pool
Women's Basketball vs. Washington, 2:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion
Sunday, January 25
Women's Water Polo at Michigan, 11:30 am- Ann Arbor, MI
Women's Gymnastics vs. California, 2:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion