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Non-Revenue Roundup: Men's Volleyball Bounces Back, Softball Dominating, Women's Tennis Picks Up Big Road Win, Women's Hoops Blown Away

Photo Credit: Associated Press/Alonzo Adams
Photo Credit: Associated Press/Alonzo Adams

It's Monday late morning (for those of us on the best coast) on the last day of our extended Presidents' Day weekend. So, while we enjoy the extra day of sunshine free from work, over the past week, our UCLA non-revenue sports have had a jam-packed week of action, with some very good results from a lot of our squads.

Two squads were in tournament action (softball and men's tennis), with busier schedules than normal, while other teams only had a single match to contend with in the past week (women's hoops, women's tennis, and women's water polo). With that, let's take a look at how our non-revenue teams fared this past week:

  • Starting with Coach Al Scates and the #1-ranked men's volleyball team, the guys got their week started off on the wrong foot on Valentine's Day, falling in a very close 3-2 loss to #10-ranked Long Beach State. The Bruins fell behind early, dropping the first two sets, but were able to pick up the next two to force a deciding fifth set. Unfortunately, the Bruins couldn't close it out, picking up their first MPSF conference loss on the year. The Bruins' got good double-digit efforts from Weston Dunlap (11 kills, 4 digs), Kyle Caldwell (4 kills, 40 assists, 7 digs), Thomas Amberg (10 kills, 3 digs), Gonzalo Quiroga (12 kills, 9 digs), and Jeremy Casebeer (13 kills, 6 digs), but those efforts weren't enough.
  • Coach Scates followed up Tuesday's tough loss with a trip across the Pacific for a double-header re-match against #13-ranked Hawaii. In the opening match on Friday, the Bruins took care of business, sweeping the Warriors 3-0. The Bruins were led by none other than Gonzalo Quiroga (16 kills, 9 digs) and Jeremy Casebeer (10 kills). In the second match on Saturday, UCLA picked up where they left on on Friday, sweeping the Warriors again, 3-0. Jeremy Casebeer led UCLA with another double-digit effort (12 kills, 3 digs) in an unusually quiet game for Gonzalo Quiroga (2 kills, 5 digs). However, Nick Vogel helped fill the void with a solid game (9 kills, 4 digs), with help from Weston Dunlap (6 kills) and Thomas Amberg (7 kills, 1 dig). With the pair of weekend wins in Hawaii, the Bruins now stand at 14-2 overall and 9-1 in conference play.
  • Turning to the #3-ranked women's tennis team kept its winning ways going, taking on and dropping #8-ranked Baylor, 4-0 down in Waco. Starting by winning the doubles points, the Bruins finished strong on singles, sweeping the first three matches to put the balance of the match beyond reach for the Bears, with Robin Anderson, Kaitlin Ray, and Chanelle Van Nguyen all picking up wins. With the big road win, the ladies now stand at a perfect 10-0 on the season.
  • In hoops news, it was not a good week for Coach Cori Close and the inconsistent women's hoops team, losing in their only game of the week to crosstown rival U$C, 66-54 at the Galen Center. The Bruins were led by Markel Walker's double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds, to go with 2 assists and 3 steals) and Rebekah Gardner's team-high 18 points (to go with 6 boards). But UCLA didn't get much else from the rest of the squad as the Lady Trojans ran UCLA out of the gym. With the loss, the ladies fall below .500, at 12-13 overall and 7-7 in the Pac-12. More importantly, with the loss, the ladies fell from being tied for fourth in conference to sixth place, putting the ladies on the outside-looking-in for a first round bye in the Pac-12 tournament.

And with that, that is your non-revenue roundup for this past week. Great week for the women's softball team, while the women's hoops team continues to struggle with consistency on the season (sound familiar?), but a lot of other Bruin squads continue to impress as we head into the heart of the non-revenue season this spring.

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