As the regular season is wrapping up, we have Bruin teams across the board getting ready for the postseason. Here is a list of the current seedings and potential opponents as we start the run for #111.
The #1 ranked women's tennis team is seeded #5 in the NCAA tourney- shades of women's soccer. That worked out fine, so let's see if we can get a repeat. UCLA will host 1st round action on May 9 and 10. If the Bruins win these matches, they will head to Athens, Georgia for the round of 16. UCLA's 1st round opponent is unranked Sacramento State. If UCLA wins, they will then face the winner of unranked Texas Tech- unranked Mississippi on May 10. So, although the seeding is somewhat surprising, the bracket does not look all that intimidating. If the Bruins advance to Athens, and if the seeds hold to form, the 1st opponent in Athens would be #15 Miami (Florida) and the 2nd opponent would be #6 Duke. Onward and upward. Here is the bracket for the women's tournament.
The #2 ranked women's water polo team is seeded #2 in the upcoming NCAA tournament, which will be held at $C. This is a 10 team tournament, with Stanford (#1) and UCLA facing opponents who have advanced via a play-in game. UCLA will face the winner of #7 UCSD-#10 Pomona Pitzer (those teams play May 3). The Bruins get into action on May 9. UCLA beat UCSD in a close match 8-6 earlier this season. UCLA has not faced Pomona/Pitzer, which is DIII in most sports, this season. Stanford clearly has the much harder road, because they have #8 Indiana as a possible opening match, and if you don't already know how powerful Indiana is in all sports, our current basketball coach could probably tell you. Here is the bracket.
The #2 ranked women's golf team is the top seed in the Central Regional, one of three regional tourneys. The other two regional top seeds are Duke (East) and $C (West). The Central Regional will be played May 9-11 at Oklahoma State's Carsten Creek Golf Club. Here are all the regional qualifiers. There are 24 teams in each regional. The top eight teams in each regional move on the national championship in Tulsa. Based on the most recent rankings, UCLA was treated fairly. The top ranked teams in the region are UCLA (2), Arkansas (5), Alabama (8), Arizona (9), Oklahoma State (16, plus will know the coarse cold), LSU (17), Florida (20, but we don't need to worry about being outcoached), and North Carolina (21). These are the only teams in the regional who are in the top 25. So, as long as UCLA does not get beat by every other ranked team in the regional plus an unranked team, the Bruins can punch their ticket to the national championship.
The #5 ranked men's tennis team will also be a regional host for 1st and 2nd round action. UCLA is a 6 seed, which seems more in line with the ranking than the women's seed. The first round action takes place on May 10 and 11. UCLA's opponent on May 10 is unranked Cal Poly. If the Bruins win that match, they would then play the winner of #25 ranked Boise State-unranked San Diego State, on May 11. The winner of that match advances to Athens for the round of 16. If the Bruins advance, and if the seeds hold to form, the Bruins would face #11 Duke (again, without having to worry about any coaching mismatch as would occur in men's basketball). After that, the likely opponent according to seeds would be #2 ranked Ohio State. The Bruins are primed for a deep run, coming off the Pac-12 championship over the #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA's, $C. Here is the bracket for the men's tourney.
Looks like a great time to be a fan of UCLA athletics.