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UCLA Men's Tennis and UCLA Men's Volleyball are competing for conference tournament titles today, while the Bruins' Catherine Harrison tries to continue her quest for a second consecutive Pac-12 singles championship.

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UCLA Women's Tennis at the Pac-12 Championships (9:00 AM PDT & 10:30 AM PDT)

Today's action begins at the Pac-12 Women's Tennis Championships at Libbey Park in Ojai. Unlike the men's tennis championship which is a team event, the women compete in singles and doubles tournaments. Last season's singles champion, UCLA's Catherine Harrison, is once again making a run through the Championship Singles bracket. After defeating Stanford's Krista Hardebeck 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals yesterday, Harrison advanced to this morning's semifinal against Arizona's Lauren Marker. First serve is scheduled for 10:30 AM. The match will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

Although Harrison is the only Bruin still competing in singles, the UCLA pair of Terri Fleming and Alaina Miller will face the Cardinal duo of Hardebeck/Lamp in a Doubles Invitational semifinal match set to begin at 9:00 AM.

#2 UCLA Women's Water Polo vs. #3 Stanford (11:30 AM PDT)

The second-ranked Bruins wrap up the regular season this morning at Spieker Aquatics Center against third-ranked Stanford. The Bruins and Cardinal are tied for second place in the MPSF with identical 4-1 records. Unfortunately, the Trojans have already clinched the regular season title, but today's contest will have important implications for seeding in the MPSF Tournament that starts next Friday.

This morning's match will be televised on the Pac-12 Network in the Bay Area. Considering how rarely UCLA Water Polo matches are televised, I recommend tuning in to follow the Bruins if possible.

UCLA Football at the Spring Showcase (11:30 AM PDT)

Drake Stadium hosts the annual Spring Showcase this morning. It's a last chance to watch the Bruins practice this spring, and of course there are attractions for those who attend the event. The Pac-12 Network in Los Angeles will televise the Bruins' final spring practice session.

UCLA Baseball vs. Oregon (1:00 PM PDT)

The Bruins ensured a series victory yesterday by beating Oregon 4-2 behind a superb effort on the mound by Grant Dyer. Bruins Nation will have a recap of the win and a preview and game thread for today's series finale this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM, and you can follow the action on the Pac-12 Network.

#15 UCLA Softball vs. #17 Arizona (2:00 PM PDT)

UCLA Softball begins a critical series against the Wildcats today. The Bruins trail first place Oregon by two games and are ahead of fourth-place Arizona by just half a game. UCLA has been playing great softball this month with seven wins in their last eight games.

All three games in Tucson will be televised. ESPN2 has today's game beginning at 2:00 PM.

#3 UCLA Men's Volleyball vs. #1 BYU in the MPSF Tournament Final (6:00 PM PDT)

The Bruins played their first game at altitude this season when they swept Long Beach State in the MPSF Tournament semifinals. Their prize is a championship game matchup against top-ranked BYU, tournament host. Considering BYU's tremendous home court advantage, the Bruins face a mighty challenge in capturing the conference tournament title.

UCLA's semifinal victory should ensure an NCAA Tournament bid. That should relieve the Bruins of any tightness as they look for success against the Cougars this evening--something that has eluded them twice already this year.

Bruins Nation will have a full preview of the MPSF Tournament Final this evening. The game will be televised by BYUtv.

#2 UCLA Men's Tennis vs. #16 California in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship (6:00 PM PDT)

Yesterday, UCLA punched its ticket to the final with a convincing 4-1 win over Stanford. As the #2 seed, Southern Cal was expected to join the Bruins in the championship game. However, Cal rewrote the script by upsetting the Trojans, so the Bruins will battle the Golden Bears for the tournament title. The two teams met previously three weeks ago with the Bruins claiming a 4-2 victory.

The Pac-12 Network will cover the action from Ojai starting at 6:00 PM.

Go BRUINS!