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What’s Bruin: UCLA Women’s Basketball’s Canada and Billings Named to USA U23 Team

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Plus, there’s Women’s Soccer and Beach Volleyball news.

Joe Piechowski

UCLA Women’s Basketball

Back in early July, it was announced Jordin Canada and Monique Billings were invited to USA Basketball U23 Training Camp in Colorado. Today, they were chosen to represent USA in the upcoming U23 Four Nations Tournament.

Billings and Canada were two of 12 players who were chosen to represent Team USA. In total, there were 40 players in camp for the week, including 22 gold medalists. They played alongside some of the best players in the sport and etched their way onto roster. There was also some comfort for Canada and Billings as they had coach Cori Close by their side the whole time. Close was chosen, along with Jamelle Elliot of the University of Cincinnati, to be an assistant coach.

Now that the roster has been named, the team will continue to stay at the United States Olympic Training Center until Monday August 7. On Monday, the team will depart to Tokyo, Japan to partake in the inaugural U23 Four Nations Tournament.

UCLA Women’s Soccer

Yesterday, the United Soccer Coaches preseason Poll was released and UCLA was ranked ninth. In addition to the Bruins, two Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top 10. Stanford is ranked second and Southern Cal is ranked third. The Bruins will face the Cardinal on October 26 and Southern Cal on November 3.

UCLA opens the 2017 season on Friday, August 11 with an exhibition match against Canada FISU at Drake Stadium where admission will be free. The regular season opens the following Friday, August 18 versus San Diego State.

In other Women’s Soccer news, goalkeeper Teagan Micah was called up to the Australian National Team yesterday. Australia played in the inaugural Tournament of Nations, hosted by the United States. Micah was called up to replace the injured Lydia Williams who suffered a quad injury.

Micah has played for the Australia’s youth teams in the past. While she did not see any minutes, she did get her feet wet and it allowed for the coaches to evaluate her for another possible call up. Micah also walked away with a gold medal as Australia won the tournament after convincingly winning all three games.

Beach Volleyball

UCLA Beach Volleyball has received a very generous donation. Former tennis student-athlete John Mapes and his wife Carrie have donated $1,000,000 to the beach volleyball program.

The donation will be used towards a student-athlete scholarship as well as construction of new courts at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The new scholarship fund will be named the “Mapes Family Centennial Scholars Endowed Scholarship Fund.”

Go Bruins!