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Bruin Bites: UCLA Men’s Water Polo Breaks NCAA Record

The UCLA Men’s Water Polo Team broke the NCAA record for consecutive victories yesterday. Also: Women's Volleyball and Women's Soccer lose close matches, five former Bruins win the NWSL title, and Men's Soccer defeated SDSU.

The UCLA Men’s Water Polo team broke the NCAA record for consecutive victories yesterday.

Men’s Water Polo

Yesterday, the UCLA Men’s Water Polo team defeated UC Davis 15-8. The win was UCLA’s 52nd consecutive victory. That breaks the old NCAA record of 51 which was set by Stanford back in the mid-80s.

As for the game itself, Alex Roelse had a hat trick for the Bruins while Max Irving, Matt Farmer, Ryder Roberts and Chancellor Ramirez all scored twice for UCLA. Roberts scored the game-winning goal with 3:34 left in the third quarter.

Garrett Danner was in goal for UCLA until the final three minutes of the game. He was able to save 14 shots while giving up 8 goals. Aleksandar Ruzic finished the game in the net and held Davis scoreless on 3 shots.

The win was also a milestone for Bruin coach Adam Wright who picked up his 200th career victory yesterday.

Women’s Volleyball

The UCLA Women’s Volleyball team started out strong against Arizona yesterday by winning the first two sets but, they lost the third, fourth and fifth sets and lost the match as a result, 3-2.

In the first set, the score was tied 16-16 when the Bruins went on a 5-0 run. Arizona scored the next three to make it 21-18. UCLA used a 4-0 run to close out the first set.

The Bruins jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead in the second set and they never trailed as they won the second set 25-17.

UCLA started the third set by scoring 7 of the first 11 points. The Wildcats went on a 6-0 run to make it 10-7 and the Bruins were unable to come back and lost the set 25-16.

The fourth set was a back-and-forth battle that featured five lead changes. With the score 17-16 in favor of UCLA, Arizona went on a 4-0 run to take a 20-17 lead that the Bruins couldn’t come back from.

In the fifth and deciding set, the back-and-forth battle continued from the previous set. The Wildcats took an early 4-1 lead but UCLA fought back to make it 5-4. With the score tied 10-10, Arizona went on a 5-2 run to win the set and the match.

Torrey Van Winden led the Bruins with 16 kills while Reily Buechler and Jordan Anderson both were in double figures. Taylor Formico added 36 kills and moved into fourth on the UCLA all-time digs list behind Samantha Shaver.

Here are the highlights from the match.

Women’s Soccer

In women's soccer, UCLA lost to No. 1 Stanford yesterday in double overtime by a score of 3-2.

The Bruins got on the scoreboard first when Amber Munerlyn got a shot past Cardinal goalkeeper Jane Campbell at the 11:04 mark after Annie Alvarado passed it to her. Stanford tied the game when Andi Sullivan put a rebound of Meagan Turner's shot past Bruin goalkeeper Teagan Micah.

Following a throw-in, Michelle Xiao gave Stanford the lead in the 63rd minute.

Jessie Fleming came through again with some late-game heroics to send it into overtime. Mackenzie Cerda threw the ball in to Amber Munelyn who then passed to Fleming who scored the equalizer in the 86th minute.

In the second overtime period, Stanford's Maddie Bauer added the game winner for the Cardinal.

Moving from women's college soccer to women's pro soccer, five Bruins won the NWSL Title with the Western New York Flash yesterday. UCLA soccer alumnae Abby Dahlkemper, Sam Mewis, Katelyn Rowland, Taylor Smith and McCall Zerboni all currently play for the Flash who won their first National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) title by defeating the Washington Spirit 3-2 in a penalty kick shootout.

Men’s Soccer

On Saturday night, the Men's Soccer team defeated #13 San Diego State 1-0. The lone goal in the game came at the 63:22 mark when Reggie Cannon passed to Jose Hernandez who shot it into the upper left corner of the net past Aztec goalkeeper Adam Allmaras.

Go Bruins!!!