It's a rite of passage for UCLA student-athletes - as the academic year comes near its end, the young men and women representing the Blue and Gold on the fields of friendly strife, will begin their challenge to bring home yet another NCAA national championship banner to Westwood. Today, one of those UCLA squads, the nationally #5-seeded women's tennis team, begin their NCAA tournament action today.
The Lady Bruins advanced through NCAA Regional action with ease, dropping both Sacramento State and Ole Miss without conceding a single point. With their appearance in the NCAA tournament in Athens, it marks the 33rd consecutive year the Lady Bruins have made it to the Big Dance, with the squad looking for the program's first title since they brought home UCLA's 102nd NCAA trophy in 2008.
Tonight, they'll get to action against #12-seeded Miami (21-5) at 4 p.m. PST at the McWhorter Courts at the University of Georgia in Athens. For more information on the Bruins in the NCAA tournament, you can check out the official website's preview here. Since the tourney is on the far side of the country, for the majority of us unable to make it to the tourney live, fortunately the NCAA will live stream video online, available here. For all information pertaining to the NCAA tennis tournaments, including complete schedules and brackets, you can check out the NCAA's official site through the University of Georgia's athletic department.
Alright folks, we have some NCAA tournament action to keep an eye on. This is your NCAA non-revenue tournament open thread, so fire away in the comment thread with who you think is most likely to bring home NCAA national championship #111 to Westwood, what you're seeing as you watch/track the game, and any other bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse as we cheer on our UCLA squads begin marching toward a NCAA national championship.