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Non-Revenue Roundup: Men's Tennis Sweeps, Women's Tennis Finally Loses, Men's Volleyball Stumbles to End Regular Season

Is this an image we'll get to see this year? (Photo Credit: UCLA Athletics)
Is this an image we'll get to see this year? (Photo Credit: UCLA Athletics)

Another week gone by, and we're another week closer to the end of the spring non-revenue sports' season, with conference championships just on the horizon for most of the squads and the NCAA championship for the women's gymnastics team kicking off this Friday. It's crunch time and most of our teams are in good position to make a deep postseason run. So, let's take a look at how UCLA's non-revenue teams fared this past week:

  • As normal, starting with Coach Al Scates and the #3-ranked men's volleyball team, the team stumbled to a weekend split to end the regular season. Starting the weekend off in Stockton on Friday, the Bruins needed four sets to drop #13-ranked Pacific, 3-1. The Bruins were led with a 14-kill effort by Thomas Amberg, while getting solid games from the usual suspects: Weston Dunlap (10 kills, 3 assists, 1 dig), Kyle Caldwell (7 kills, 43 assists, 7 digs), Gonzalo Quiroga (11 kills, 2 assists, 10 digs), and Jeremy Casebeer (9 kills, 6 digs).
  • Despite the strong start to the weekend, on Saturday, the Bruins couldn't keep their momentum going in Palo Alto, getting swept by #5-ranked Stanford, 3-0. While four Bruins (Dunlap, Caldwell, Amberg, Quiroga) notched 7 kills, no one could do better, as UCLA fell in a subpar effort. With the split weekend, the Bruins finish the regular season at 22-7 overall and 16-6 in conference play. As a result, the Bruins find themselves on the outside-looking-in, playing as the #5-seed in the MPSF tournament this upcoming weekend, where they'll square off against #4-seeded UC Irvine. For the season, UCI dropped the Bruins twice (3-1 in January and 3-2 in early March) before UCLA figured the Anteaters out in late March (3-0) to avoid the season sweep.
  • The #6-ranked men's tennis team, on the other hand, had no trouble this weekend, sweeping the Bay Area schools in Los Angeles this weekend. Starting on Saturday, the Bruins took on #12-ranked Cal, blasting the Golden Bears to easily win 7-0. In a match that was never close, the Bruins started strong in doubles, sweeping all three matches in mostly dominating fashion (8-3, 8-2, 8-6) to pick up the first point. In singles action, except for a couple of matches, the Bruins easily took care of business, with Clay Thompson, Nick Meister, Dennis Novikov, Marcos Giron, Adrien Puget, and Dennis Mkrtchian all beating their Cal counterparts to complete the total sweep.

Solid weekend for our non-revenue teams as they head down the home stretch, with postseason action just on the horizon. While Coach Scates team took a small stumble, every other squad looked very strong heading into crunch time. Let's hope that UCLA's 109th (and maybe 110th) national titles are just on the horizon too. We'll need every on to keep pace since Chianti Dan isn't doing us any favors. Fire away with your thoughts, takes, and observations on another solid week for our non-revenue sports.