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Bruin Bites: UCLA Men's Water Polo Sweeps Doubleheader

Meanwhile, Women's Volleyball sweeps ASU, Men's Soccer beats Oregon State in a scoring fest and UCLA coaches are getting to high school games by helicopter.

Joe Piechowski

It was a busy weekend overall for UCLA sports teams. Let's catch up....

Men's Water Polo

It was Senior Day on Saturday at the Spieker Aquatics Center as #1 UCLA hosted a doubleheader against San Jose State in the first game and Whittier College in the nightcap. The first half of the first game was close. UCLA only led 4-3 at halftime on goals from Chancellor Ramirez, Alec Zwaneveld and two from Warren Snyder.

But, the second half was all UCLA as the Bruins held the Spartans scoreless.

Rider Roberts added the first two Bruin goals of the second half and those were followed by goals from Alex Roelse, Patrick Fellner, Zwaneveld and Austin Rone to give UCLA the 10-3 win which extended the team's NCAA-record winning streak to 56 games.

The nightcap looked a lot like the second half of the first game. UCLA was up 7-0 before Whittier scored their first goal.

Junior Max Irving scored a power play goal to get the goal fest started. Sophomore David Stiling's breakaway goal made it 2-0 while Roelse scored his second of the day and first of the game to make it 3-0 UCLA on a power play goal. Freshman James Vlachonassios and Rone each added a goal to make it 5-0 UCLA after the first quarter.

Irving scored his second of the game on another power play which would prove to be the game winner. Eric Goldenberg added the first of his four goals to put UCLA up 7-0. Goals from Joey Fuentes, Rone and two from James Robinson gave UCLA an 11-1 lead at the half.

A power play goal from Goldenberg. his second, was UCLA's only goal of the third quarter which ended with UCLA up 12-3.

In the fourth quarter, Tyler Fields, Kent Inoue, Raphael Raede and Zwaneveld all added goals to give UCLA a 16-4 lead. The Bruins' final two goals on the day were both scored by Goldenberg and surrounded Whittier's final goal to end the game with a score of 18-5. The win improves UCLA record to 24-0 on the season and the team's winning streak is now 57 in a row.

Here are the Senior Day ceremonies which BN posted to Facebook via Facebook Live. Unfortunately, a bad signal forced the ceremony to get split into two videos rather than one and, as a result, some of it was missed. Apologies to Joey Fuentes whose name was announced right after Part 1 ended and to Gordon Marshall whose bio was missed at the start of Part 2.

Women's Volleyball

Reily Buechler picked up her 1,000th kill as the UCLA Women's Volleyball team swept ASU in three sets25-21, 25-22, 25-19. Buechler, who had 13 kills in the match, is the 28th Bruin to reach 1,000 kills. Jordan Anderson added 10 kills of her own while Taylor Formico and Torrey Van Winden both posted 14 digs. Ryann Chandler added 22 assists while Kylie Miller had 13 as the Bruins moved to 19-5 overall and 10-4 in the Pac-12.

Here are the highlights from the Pac-12 Network, courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Women's Tennis

UCLA Doubles freshmen Ena Shibahara and Jada Hart lost in the Final of the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. The duo lost to the #1-ranked pair of Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi from the University of Kentucky in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Men's Soccer

Abu Danladi scored two goals including one in the 80th minute to lead the UCLA Men's Soccer team past at Oregon State, 4-3. UCLA also had goals from Jackson Yueill and Felix Vobejda as the Bruins won their final road game of the year.

Here are the highlights from the Pac-12 Network, courtesy of UCLA Athletics.


BruinReportOnline is reporting that the UCLA Football Coaches Used a helicopter to see recruits in Southern California this past weekend and that Jim Mora used it to fly to four different games on Friday night. Let's hope it translates into recruits committing to the program because, right now, UCLA's recruiting class is still very small.

Men's Basketball

Finally today, the LA Times is reporting that Morris Taft has died at 84. Taft was a guard under UCLA basketball coach John Wooden from 1954 to 1956. Taft helped UCLA win their first NCAA Tournament game. Taft is survived by three children Paula, Monisa and Morris Jr., and two grandchildren. Our condolences go out to the Taft family.

Go Bruins.