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UCLA was seeded 4th in the MPSF Tournament, but won it all and qualified for the NCAA's (Photo Credit: Official Site)

Women's Soccer

There was some discussion when the NCAA Tournament brackets were revealed about whether UCLA or Portland deserved the fourth #1 seed. Well, UCLA got it, but Portland was seeded second in the same bracket so when the two advanced to the quarterfinals, it set up a UCLA vs. Portland match-up and another edition of the west coast's top rivalry. Playing at Drake Stadium, the Pilots were the ones who got off to the fast start, scoring just two minutes after the match's first kick. It took 29 minutes after that for the Bruins to even up the match as Kylie Wright found the net and equalized. Just three minute later, Lauren Cheney put the Bruins ahead from 12 yards out on a goal that also moved her all alone atop the UCLA career points list. After Portland scored, UCLA did not allow the Pilots another shot for 80 minutes as the Bruins prevailed, 2-1, advancing to their seventh consecutive College Cup. The win was the Bruins' 62nd consecutive at home and extended UCLA's unbeaten streak at home to 67. The Bruins will play Stanford, a team they lost to 2-0 this season, in the College Cup on Friday at 2:30 pm PST. That match, in College Station, TX, will be live on ESPN2 and should the Bruins win, they will play in the National Title Match on Sunday 10 am PST.

Men's Water Polo

#4 UCLA entered the MPSF Tournament seeded fourth and likely needed to win the tournament to qualify for the four-team NCAA Tournament. An 8-5 win over fifth-seeded Pepperdine got the Bruins off on the right foot and set up a match versus the nation's top team, USC, in the tournament's semifinals. UCLA took a one goal lead into the fourth quarter versus the Trojans, but instead of giving up two goals to lose like they did when the two teams played last time, UCLA netted three to beat USC, 10-6. In the tournament final, Josh Samuels scored three times as the Bruins defeated third-seeded Cal, 10-7, and secured the MPSF automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins last qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2004, when they won the national title. This year, they are the tournament's #2 seed and have a semifinals match-up versus a Loyola Marymount team that they defeated twice in the regular season. The tournament, in Princeton, NJ, will begin for UCLA on Saturday at 2pm and should they win, will play the winner of the USC/Princeton match on Sunday at 11 am for the national title. That match will be live on CBS College Sports.

Men's Soccer

The last time UCLA faced UCSB in the NCAA Tournament, the Gauchos defeated UCLA in the National Title Match to win the 2006 College Cup. This year, the #6 Bruins faced the unseeded Gauchos at Drake Stadium in the NCAA Round of 16 and the result went the Bruins' way. As has become a dirty habit for UCLA, they surrendered the first goal of the match. That opener came in the 11th minute, but it took just four more for the Bruins to equalize. Fernando Monge got his foot on a ball in the box that was played in off of a corner and directed it towards net to put UCLA level. In the 37th minute, a beautiful display of one-touch soccer between Ryan Hollingshead and Kyle Nakazawa put Hollingshead in behind the UCSB defense and he calmly slotted the ball towards the far post post from 15 yards out to give UCLA the lead. A series of fine saves in the second half by Brian Perk, including one in the 74th minute when the US National U-20 keeper was left 1 v 1 with the attacker, kept the Bruins ahead and handed UCLA a 2-1 victory. A NCAA quarterfinals match versus #3 Wake Forest is next on tap for UCLA as they will play in Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday for a berth in the College Cup.

Women's Volleyball

Their hopes for a Pac-10 title all but extinguished, #9 UCLA still came out with fire last weekend to sweep their final matches of the regular season and earn a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.  UCLA swept #19 Arizona, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17 at Pauley Pavilion on Friday night, then took down Arizona St., 25-19, 28-26, 25-22, to finish the season 23-8 overall and 13-5 in the Pac-10, tied for second place. That regular season earned UCLA the #8 national seed and the right to host their first two NCAA Tournament matches. The opener versus Long Beach St. will be Friday with the second round match on Saturday, both at Pauley Pavilion.

Women's Basketball

A pair of double-doubles got the Bruins off to a good start last week, but it didn't finish nearly as well. Markel Walker and Moniquee Alexander each registered double-doubles in UCLA's 69-59 win over formerly undefeated Princeton at Pauley Pavilion, but on Saturday at #6 Tennessee, the Bruins fell short, 61-47. UCLA took a two point lead into halftime and were behind by just three with just over nine minutes to go, but a 10-2 Vols run essentially ended the game. UCLA will play at #18 Kansas on Thursday, with the 5 pm PST tip televised live by FS Prime Ticket.

Cross Country

Shannon Murakami and Marco Anzures ended the Bruins' 2009 season with finishes at the NCAA Championships not in the top 100.

Women's Swimming and Diving

The divers are in Austin, TX for the Texas Invitational, while the swimmers are in Washington for the USA Short Course National Championships.

Calendar (all times pacific)
Thursday, December 3
Women's Basketball at Kansas, 5:00 pm PST- Lawrence, KS, TV: FS Prime Ticket (live)
Women's Swimming, USA Short Course National Championships, All Day- Federal Way, WA
Women's Diving, Texas Invitational, All Day- Austin, TX
Friday, December 4
Women's Soccer vs. Stanford (NCAA Semis), 2:30 pm- College Station, TX, TV: ESPN2 (live)
Women's Volleyball vs. Long Beach St. (NCAA 1st Round), 8:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion
Women's Swimming, USA Short Course National Championships, All Day- Federal Way, WA
Women's Diving, Texas Invitational, All Day- Austin, TX
Saturday, December 5
Men's Water Polo vs. Loyola Marymount (NCAA Semis), 2:00 pm- Princeton, NJ
Men's Soccer at Wake Forest (NCAA Quarters), 4:00 pm- Winston-Salem, NC
* Women's Volleyball vs. Georgia Tech/Baylor (NCAA 2nd Round), 7:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion
Women's Swimming, USA Short Course National Championships, All Day- Federal Way, WA
Women's Diving, Texas Invitational, All Day- Austin, TX
Sunday, December 6
* Men's Water Polo vs. USC/Princeton (NCAA Champ.), 11:00 am- Princeton, NJ, TV: CBS College Sports (live)
Women's Swimming, USA Short Course National Championships, All Day- Federal Way, WA

* indicates if UCLA wins previous match

Ticket information for all sports can be found here while facility information and directions for all sports can be found here. GO BRUINS!!!


<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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