It's that time of the year folks. The big-money sports are long since done, but in Westwood, the Bruins are looking to add to the top-of-the-nation haul of 108 NCAA championship titles. It's going to be real busy for our spring non-revenue sports as they get their post-season NCAA play underway, beginning with our #1-ranked women's golf team today.
The ladies golf team, the consensus #1 team in the nation, will look to defend their crown, repeat as national champs, and bring Westwood its 109th NCAA championship trophy. Coach Carrie Forsyth's squad will get underway in Colorado as the top seed in the West Regional:
"We're very happy to be the No. 1 seed in the West Regional this year," Forsyth said. "This looks to be the toughest Regional based on the teams selected and the strength of the field, but I believe that our team will do very well and that it will have the chance to represent UCLA in the 2012 NCAA Championship.
"The team is excited to get out there and play, and improve from its performance at the Pac 12 Championship," Forsyth continued. "We know that we have what it takes to not only make it, but put ourselves in a great position entering the championship."
Meanwhile, the #3-ranked men's golf team, led by all-world super-amateur Patrick Cantlay, will begin their NCAA journey next week, having earned the top seed in the Central Regional. The #4-seeded men's tennis team will host the regional in Westwood, beginning with a first round match against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, and if they win, the winner of the San Diego-Fresno State match-up. The #14-ranked softball team will wait to find out their NCAA destiny, with regionals not set to begin until the weekend after next. Like their male counterparts, the #1-ranked and top-seeded women's tennis team will start their NCAA tournament at home, taking on Eastern Kentucky in the first-round this Friday. But, the ladies' tennis team won't be the only ones getting underway, as the #2-seeded women's water polo team, fresh off their tight MPSF conference championship win over #1-seeded Stanford, will start their NCAA tournament against Iona on Friday down at San Diego State.
It's time for the Bruins to get themselves going down the road to UCLA's 109th NCAA national championship, if not more. This is your UCLA NCAA tournament action open thread, beginning with our women's golf team today, and followed by the rest as the action unfolds.
Fire away with your thoughts, takes, or just comments as matches progress.