Happy Leap Day everyone! I hope you are refreshed and ready to work for the greater good of mankind. :)
Let's take a look around the UCLA-verse to see what's Bruin.
The #6 Women's Gymnastics team defeated Arizona State on Saturday, 196.625-192.950, in front of 5,127 fans in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins chose to rest stars Danusia Francis and Angi Cipra while they counted on vets Sophina DeJesus and Sadiqua Bynum to anchor the team. This left some room for the Bruin youth to step up. Enter sohpmore JaNay Honest who turned up personal bests 9.9 on bars and 9.925 on floor.
That's a walk-on??? Great job JaNay!
Danusia Francis has done a few videos called "Bruin Banter" where she is trying to hone her skills for the future as an aspiring TV personality. This week she catches up with Mikaela Gerber and JaNay Honest:
Big win for the Bruins against #9 Arizona State last night:
What a win for the Bruins! Nirra Fields had 24 points and 8 rebounds in an impressive Senior Day performance!pic.twitter.com/5URaCQRzdi— UCLA W. Basketball (@UCLAWBB) February 28, 2016
As Bruinette said (and one should always listen to Bruinette!), the win
will ensure that they finish no lower than third in the Pac-12, and will help immensely in UCLA's pursuit of a top-16 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Sportsmanship count too, so this is awesome to see:
I really like how Coach Close runs her program. Way to go ladies!
The #15 Baseball team continues to underperform this season as they dropped their last game to Cal Poly SLO falling 2-6 though they did win the series 2-1. I'll leave it to Orlandobruin's excellent baseball posts to cover the series in more detail.
Last Thursday, the Bruins hosted the #1 Florida Gators and came up short losing 1-2 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic II in Cathedral City, Ca. On Friday, the Bruins found their bats and used them to sweep their double-header. They beat #8 Georgia, 14-6, and handed them their first loss of the season and beat BYU, 9-4. Sadly, it was a disappointing end to the weekend as the Bruins closed the Classic with a loss to #11 Oklahoma, 7-11, on Saturday and a loss to Northwestern, 2-7.
Last Wednesday, the #4 Men's Volleyball team hosted #15 Cal Baptist and cruised to an easy victory in straight sets winning 25-18, 25-19, and 25-13.
The Bruins' next opponent was our hated rival, the $outhern Cal Toejams, who they beat in four sets at the Galen Center on Saturday night. The Bruins' used two fast starts in the first two sets to win them but the Trogans barely won the third set to make the match anything but academic. The Bruins cruised in the fourth and that was that. The final score was 25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 25-16.
The #4 in the nation team now sits at 15-3. Next up is a much tougher test in #8 UCSB Gauchos on Wednesday and Friday night.
The #29 Women's Tennis team was down early 0-2 against our rival, the $outhern Cal Toejams, last Thursday but that was all the winning the Toejams would do as the Bruins roared back to win 5-2. They used this momentum to crush the #49 Baylor Bears on Saturday, 4-1.
Bruins improve to 7-3 on the season. This week, the Washington schools are coming to town.
Women's Water Polo
The #2 Women's Water Polo team took care of opponents in the pool this past weekend at the UCI Invitational beating some tough teams. They narrowly beat #19 San Diego State, 6-5, then convincingly beat #7 Michigan, 14-8, on Saturday. In yesterday's double-header the Bruins beat Hawai'i, 10-6, but could not defeat the #1 $outhern Cal Toejams falling, 7-10. This is the second match this season that the Bruins lost to the Toejams. Overall, it was succesfull weekend at 3-1 but the loss to evil ones hurts.
The #4 Men's Tennis team narrowly defeated #29 Stanford, 4-3 improving their record on the season to 9-2. Next up, more Toejam.
That's it for today! I hope you enjoyed this edition of Bruin Bites.