It's Tuesday, rise and shine! Only eight days days until National Signing Day (a/k/a college football Christmas). On the menu today we have UCLA recruiting news, a recap of UCLA sports from yesterday and the weekend (sans Men's Basketball--that's already been dissected), and a special moment for a future Bruin-to-be. Ease into the morning with a diet of Bruin Bites.
In addition to securing graduate transfer center, Jake Raulerson, from Texas yesterday, UCLA also received a verbal commitment from three star defensive back, Keyon Riley. Bruin Sports Report, in an article not behind a firewall at the time of this writing, reports that Riley committed during his official visit over the weekend. Riley, out of Servite High School in Anaheim, can play either safety or corner and has good size (6'1" 190-200 lbs.). Welcome Keyon!
The UCLA Women's Basketball team (14-5, 6-2 PAC 12) swept their rivals from NorCal last week, with UCLA trouncing Stanford at Pauley Pavilion, 56-36 on Sunday. The Bruins held Stanford to only 14 points in the first half! At least somebody is playing defense on Nell and John Wooden Court. UCLA had dropped 21 straight (!) against the Cardinal before Sunday's convincing victory.
The Bruins' win over Stanford follows a solid win over U.C. Berkeley on Friday, 75-56, ending an eight game losing streak to the Golden Bears and avenging an early season non-conference loss to Cal at Haas Pavilion.
UCLA hits the slopes this week with games at Colorado and Utah.
Last night at Pauley Pavilion, the UCLA Men's Volleyball team defeated Princeton in straight sets, 25-19, 25-23, 25-16. The top ranked Bruins ran their record to 8-0.
Next up is a showdown with the #2 ranked Long Beach State 49ers tomorrow night at Pauley. First serve is at 7 p.m.
Women's Water Polo
The UCLA Women's Water Polo team kicked off the season in style last weekend, going undefeated in four games at the UCSB Winter Invitational. On Saturday, the Bruins downed #7 Hawai'i, 13-8, and #13 UCSB, 8-5. On Sunday, #2 ranked UCLA continued their winning ways as the Bruins beat Long Beach State 11-4 and Michigan 11-7.
This Saturday, UCLA will scrimmage against the United States Women's National Team at 2 p.m. at Sunset Rec.
The UCLA Men's Tennis team cruised to victory in contests over the weekend at the L.A. Tennis Center, taking down SMU on Saturday and Georgia Tech on Sunday, both by scores of 4-0.
The #12 Bruins face a couple of tough SEC opponents this weekend, hosting #6 Georgia on Saturday and #21 Florida on Sunday.
Future Bruins-Mallory Pugh
Let's finish today's Bruin Bites with a promising look to the future for the UCLA Women's Soccer Team. As reported by BN, high school phenom, Mallory Pugh, committed to UCLA last week, ending speculation that she would skip college and go straight to the pros.
At the time that she committed to UCLA, Pugh was training with the United States Women's National Team in anticipation of its international friendly against Ireland last Saturday. During that game, with the USA in control over Ireland in the second half, 4-0, Pugh made her debut with the USWNT, subbing in for Alex Morgan. Then, in the 83rd minute, this happened:
First cap and first goal for Mallory Pugh as a member of the USWNT! She (as well as the other top talents heading to Westwood next year) will be a terror for UCLA opponents at Drake Stadium next Fall. Congratulations Mallory!
That's it for today's Bruin Bites. I hope they went down smoothly.