It's late April and we find ourselves in the middle of conference championship time for our UCLA non-revenue sports. Our women's tennis team got things started on Thursday, while our men's tennis, both golf teams, and women's water polo team got underway on their march toward (we hope) UCLA's 109th NCAA national title.
As it stands this morning, our #1-seeded men's tennis team got started with a clean sweep over #4-seeded Cal on Friday, dropping the Golden Bears 5-0. UCLA started with winning the doubles point, followed by singles victories by Clay Thompson, Dennis Novikov, Adrien Puget, and Dennis Mkrtchian. They'll take on #2-seeded U$C today at 4:00 p.m. PST at Libbey Park in downtown Ojai in the Pac-12 conference tournament final.
On the women's side, the Bruins were unable to advance on the singles' front, but still have two doubles teams alive going into this Saturday morning. Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez will face U$C's Valeria Pulido and Zoe Scandalis in the quarterfinal, right now in Ojai. Holly Fleming and Morgan Thomas will take on Washington's Julija Lukac and Samantha Smith, also this morning at 9:00 a.m. PST in the invitational draw.
The #2-seeded women's water polo team got their MPSF tournament started right, beating #7-seeded San Diego State 9-5 on Friday. Caitlin Dement was the star of the game, notching 14 saves, while Emily Greenwood (3 goals), KK Clark (2 goals), and Emily Donohoe (2 goals) led in scoring to lead UCLA to a big win. The ladies will now advance to the conference semi-final where they will face cross-town rival U$C at 4 p.m. PST.
Turning to men's golf, after the first round in Corvallis, the Bruins find themselves at the top of the leaderboard, with a three-shot lead over second-place Oregon. Of course, phenom Patrick Cantlay led the Bruins, but finished two strokes behind individual leader, Oregon's Eugene Wong.
As for #1-ranked women's golf team, the ladies find themselves in second after the opening round in Pullman, five strokes behind leaders #5-ranked Arizona State. They'll be back in action in the second round, hoping to close in on the Sun Devils today.
Fire away with your thoughts, analysis, and updates as our Bruins continue on the chase for UCLA's 109th NCAA national title.