U.C.L.A. finds two of its Number One ranked teams in the NCAA Finals today, with Women's Tennis in the Championship Match, and Women's Golf playing the opening round of the Championship tournament.
Our #1 ranked Women's Tennis Team went down to the wire in yesterday's semifinal with hated *$c but won the final 2 singles matches to pull out a 4-3 win to advance to today's final. Recap and comments from the team can be found here at the official site. Today's championship match pits us against against our old nemesis and the defending champs, the #2 Florida Gators. Florida ended our women's tennis season last year in the semis on their way to the championship. We owe those guys for more than a few post season heartbreaks, so here's our women's chance to get one back for our side. The match will take place at the University of Georgia and will start at 10am PT. You can follow the action on their gametracker here. The scoreboard page also has a link at the top to live video streams of every match. Also, you can get updates and commentary via twitter at @uclawtennis.
The Bruins' singles lineup shhould be Robin Anderson (Fr) at #1, McCall Jones (Sr) at #2, Pamela Montez (Jr) at #3, Skylar Morton (Fr) at #4, Chanelle Van Nguyen (Fr) at #5, and Carling Seguso (Sr) at #6. The doubles parings will be Anderson and Morton at #1, Courtney Dolehide (So) and Montez at #2, and Jones and Seguso at #3.
Not far away from tennis team, the #1 U.C.L.A. Women's Golf Team will look to defend its national title at Legends Golf Club in Franklin TN. U.C.L.A. will be one of 24 teams, including 3 other Pac-12 schools competing for the NCAA title. The Bruins should know this course well, having played it in the Fall Preview in September and winning that tournament by 6 shots.. The Bruins advanced to the final by tying for first in the West Regional ten days ago. The Bruins are the favorite to win the title after winning 7 of their 11 tournaments this season and being ranked #1 longer than anyone. But U.C.L.A. will have to compete with 23 other teams, including 9 of the top 10 teams in the country, and 7 teams from the nearby SEC, one of which is #8 Vanderbilt. Legends is the Commodores' home course.
U.C.L.A. will play Round 1 today with the real USC as well as that other *$c, which should make for a very interesting combination. The Bruins will start the same five players they did in the regional. The order and their tee times (all times PT) are: Tiffany Lua (Jr) 9:00, Lee Lopez (Jr) 9:11, Brianna Do (Sr) 9:22, Erynne Lee (Fr) 9:33, and Ani Gulugian (So) 9:44. The NCAA site will provide real time individual scoring and team scoring.
This will be our open thread, so you can follow both teams' progress and comment on the action right here. Let's hope the #1 rankings for both our tennis and golf teams hold to form and they can bring home #109 and #110.