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Non-Revenue Roundup: Men's Volleyball Sweeps Outrigger, Women's Hoops Falls to U$C, Leroux Goes #1, Rowe Taken #3

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HT LA Bruin

It's Monday and we're finally in the doldrums known as the college football off-season. So, while we get to partake in rampant recruiting speculation, coaching carousel intrigue, and tracking Bruins in the NFL (well, the three that are still alive in the playoffs, such as Brendon Ayanbadejo, Bret Lockett, and Matt Slater), we do have a full slate of non-revenue UCLA sports, many of which we're looking strong to win UCLA it's 109th national title.

With that, let's recap how our non-revenue sports fared this past week:

  • Starting with Al Scates' final UCLA squad, the #3-ranked men's volleyball team kept their season going strong, picking up three victories in Hawaii in the Outrigger Hotels Invitational tournament and bringing home the hardware as tournament champs. The men got their run to the tournament title started against Lewis University (it's a small Catholic school near Joliet, Illinois), dropping the disgraced 2003 national champs in four sets, 3-1. The Bruins were led by Jeremy Casebeer's career-high 16 kills (plus 5 digs), getting big contributions from Weston Dunlap (12 kills, 3 digs), Kyle Caldwell (45 assists, 5 digs), Gonzalo Quiroga (11 kills, 4 digs), and Evan Mottram (14 digs).
  • In the second match, the Bruins took on the Pride of Springfield College (Massachusetts), the school best known as where Naismith invented basketball, and had no problem dispatching Springfield, beating the Pride in a clean sweep, 3-0. In the second match, the Bruins were led by Thomas Amberg's 13 kills (plus team-high 4 digs) and Kyle Caldwell's 34 assists. Consistent point-man Weston Dunlap chipped in 9 kills in a UCLA victory that took them to the tournament title match.
  • In the third and final match of the tournament, the Bruins squared off against #13 Hawaii, in what was tantamount to a home match for the Warriors. But despite three close sets, the Bruins took the tournament title with a clean sweep of the Warriors, 3-0. In the title match, once again the Bruins got big games from Jeremy Casebeer (13 kills, 3 digs), Gonzalo Quiroga (11 kills, 7 digs), and Kyle Caldwell (34 assists, 5 digs). With the three wins, the Bruins return to the mainland with a 5-1 overall record.

And with that, that is your non-revenue roundup for this past week. Another bad weekend for Cori Close as her squad struggles to find consistency and reach .500 for the season, but a great weekend for the men's volleyball and women's gymnastics squads.

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