As the academic year begins to wind down, UCLA is still waiting for its 109th NCAA national title, having gone without any championship glory since the women's volleyball team snagged the 108th title in 2011. So far, in 2012 and 2013, the Bruins have come up short (which is no surprise given Chianti Dan's "leadership" at Morgan Center).
But, our #4-ranked Lady Bruins will have a chance to get Westwood back on the title-track as they get ready for the MPSF conference tournament, kicking off today at 2:30 p.m. in Berkeley. The ladies will take on Cal, which will have an obvious advantage playing at home, despite being the lower tournament seed.
The official site has a preview here. The tournament website is hosted by Cal here, and unfortunately there will be no live feed until the tournament final and tournament third-place games on Sunday. Let's hope the ladies can get UCLA back toward the path to Westwood's 109th national title today.
The #4-ranked Lady Bruins squeaked out a close win over #5-seeded Cal in the quarterfinal round, dropping the Golden Bears in their home pool 4-3. Cal got off to an early lead, putting up 3 goals through the second quarter before the Bruins notched back a pair before half to go into halftime down by just one. In the final quarter, UCLA turned it on, with Sami Hill (11 saves) shutting the Bears out and Rachel Fattal (3 goals) scoring two goals to grab the late win. With the win, UCLA advances the conference semi-final, where they will face the tall task of taking on #1-ranked Stanford. The Lady Bruins will be in action this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex at Cal.
Fire away with your updates, thoughts, etc. from this afternoon's match.