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What’s Bruin: Miss Val’s Final Season Quickly Approaching

Gymnastics prepares for Meet the Bruins event on Sunday.

The UCLA Gymnastics team will preview the 2019 season, which will be Miss Val’s final season, on Sunday at their Meet the Bruins exhibition.
Joe Piechowski

Good morning! Welcome to this edition of What’s Bruin in UCLA Athletics.

What’s Bruin this Tuesday morning? Honestly, not much. It’s a pretty quiet week for UCLA Athletics, but let’s catch up on some of the non-revenue sports as well as some academic honors.

UCLA Gymnastics

You can get a sneak peek at the 2019 Bruins gymnastics team this Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 pm PT when they face off in an intrasquad meet. It will be the unofficial start of the Bruins’ last season with legendary head coach Valorie Kondos-Field at the helm. She certainly holds a special place in the heart of UCLA athletics. Admission is free.

UCLA Men’s Water Polo

Unfortunately for the Bruins, their season ended on a sour note with a 8-7 loss to Southern Cal. UCLA couldn’t get the job done in the NCAA Semifinals Saturday against their crosstown rivals, ending their season. While the Trojans did go on to win the title, it also means that Stanford didn’t add another title to their total.

UCLA Women’s Basketball

The Bruins lost a close contest to the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday night by the final score of 67-65. For the second game in a row, the second period is when things unraveled for the Bruins. UCLA was outscored 20-10 in the quarter. While they did outscore the Hoosiers in the 3rd and 4th quarter, the damage had already been done and UCLA’s comeback effort fell short again.

The Bruins will host the Fresno State Bulldogs this Friday at 7:00 pm PT.

UCLA Women’s Volleyball

While the UCLA women’s volleyball team finished with the first losing season in program history, it didn’t stop the team’s two stars, Mac May and Zana Muno, from being recognized on the AVCA All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention Team.

UCLA Men’s Soccer

The UCLA men’s soccer team had nine players earn Pac-12 All-Academic Team honors. Kike Poleo earned a First Team selection while Blayne Martinez was a Second Team pick. Seniors Anderson Asiedu and Erik Holt, redshirt junior Matthew Powell, true juniors Alex Knox and Roman Martin, and sophomores Milan Iloski and Brandon Terwege each received honorable mentions. Each student-athlete must have attained a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and appear in at least 50 percent of their teams games.

UCLA Football

Thirteen Bruins have been earned Pac-12 All-Academic Team honors. Quentin Lake and Odua Isibor were selected to the Second Team. The other eleven Bruins were honorable mention selections. Those student-athletes are seniors Stefan Flintoft, Christian Pabico, and Adarius Pickett; redshirt junior Caleb Wilson; true juniors Johnny Den Bleyker and Ethan Fernea; redshirt sophomore Dymond Lee; sophomore Michael Alves; and redshirt freshmen Shea Pitts, Jay Shaw, and Jayce Smalley. Just like men’s soccer, each student-athlete must have attained a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and appear in at least 50 percent of their teams games.

And that’s What’s Bruin for today! Have a great day.

Go Bruins!