Quest for Title #109: Tennis & Women's Water Polo NCAA Tournament Thread

UCLA Athletics

Survive and advance. That is the mantra three of our non-revenue teams will be relying on today, with both tennis teams and the women's water polo team locked into NCAA tournament action. With UCLAcoming up short across the board in 2012, the two tennis teams and women's water polo team represent UCLA's best shot at capturing Westwood's 109th NCAA national championship.

So far, so good. UCLA's hopes for its 109th NCAA national title are still on track, with both the #1-seeded men's tennis team and the #3-seeded women's water polo advancing to the next round in their respective NCAA tournaments.

Starting with yesterday's results, the #1-seeded men's tennis team wasted no time asserting their dominance over the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) in their first round match, shutting them down 4-0. UCLA got started by grabbing the doubles point (8-3, 8-1, 7-3 unfinished), followed by three dominating singles wins in a row to end the match at a clinch the four points to advance. Marcos Giron (6-0, 6-0), Clay Thompson (6-0, 6-1) and Karue Sell (6-0, 6-0) made easy work of their UMKC opponents. With the win, the Bruins move on to face Drake at 3 p.m. PST at the L.A. Tennis Center on campus. Winner of that match will advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Champaign, Illinois next Thursday.

As for the #3-seeded women's water polo team, the Lady Bruins notched a tight 8-6 win over #6-seeded Princeton to advance to the NCAA tournament semi-final, where they'll face their conference nemesis, #2-seeded Stanford at 4 p.m. PST in Boston. The Lady Bruins got out to an early lead, going into the half leading 6-2. Following a scoreless third quarter, the Bruins withstood a strong Princeton rally to pull out the win, 8-6. Emily Donohoe led UCLA with a hat trick, with Rachel Fattal picking up a brace. In goal, Sami Hill notched 9 saves. The Lady Bruins next match will get underway at 4 p.m. PST and will be broadcast online through the NCAA and are available here.

Joining the men's tennis and women's tennis team today in NCAA tournament action will be the #7-seeded women's tennis team, who will take on Army today at noon at the L.A. Tennis Center on campus. Unfortunately, unlike their counterparts in the pool, their match against the Cadets will not be broadcast, but you can get live stats through the UCLA Athletics official site here.

Alright folks, we now have three teams in NCAA action today, with one in the tournament semi-final. Rock that Blue and Gold and fire away in the comment thread with your thoughts, takes, opinions, analysis, etc.

GO BRUINS

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