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It's football season and, obviously, Rick Neuheisel's conservative, play-not-to-lose mentality coupled with the diseased culture of mediocrity at Morgan Center have garnered the majority of Bruins fans' focus during the late summer and early fall. But, while football is king (since it is the top revenue producer for an athletic department, where Morgan Center has failed under Guerr-error), our non-revenue athletes re doing their best to make sure, that in spite of Guerrero's Reign of Error, that UCLA will not be "First to 100, Last to 200."
Let's take a look at how they did over this weekend:
As mentioned in yesterday's Bruin Bites, the top-ranked women's golf team made a move at the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview in Franklin, Tennessee, seizing the lead after two rounds, finishing six shots ahead of second-place Alabama. The women sealed the deal on Sunday, winning the first tournament of the season, keeping their advantage at six shots, despite a late surge by the ladies from Alabama. One tournament down, one notch in the win column.
- The #7-ranked women's volleyball team picked up some huge wins over the weekend, starting with a win over #2-ranked Stanford. The Bruins were led by junior Rachael Kidder (with 30 kills, the first 30 kill performance in a decade) who stepped up big in front of the home crowd (stuck playing in the Wooden Center during the Pauley renovation). The Cardinal put up an impressive fight, but it ultimately came up short. For the view from the Stanford sidelines, you can go here.
- The women's volleyball team continued their winning ways with a huge win over the top-ranked California Golden Bears to improve to 11-2 overall and 4-1 in Pac-12 play and should make a big jump in the rankings after dropping the top two ranked programs in the nation. Huge weekend for the ladies and if they can keep their pace up, they'll be strong contenders to bring another national title home to Westwood.
And with that, those are your non-revenue round-up notes from this past weekend's action. A lot of good results early in the season for a handful of Bruin squads that look to make serious pushes for another UCLA championship (except men's soccer, who will be in the mix when they decide to find some consistency and form).