UCLA fans and alums tend to keep a very close track of how many NCAA team titles the Bruins have won. That’s because those all contribute to the total of NCAA Championships UCLA has won. But, in some sports like gymnastics and both men’s and women’s tennis, the NCAA also awards championships on an individual or pair level.
This afternoon, UCLA has a chance to win both the men’s and women’s NCAA Tennis Doubles titles.
On the women’s side, Gabby Andrews and Ayan Broomfield will face Michigan’s Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor in the NCAA Women’s Doubles Finals on Court 9at 2 pm PT. On the men’s side, Maxime Cressy and Keegan Smith will take on Alabama’s Patrick Kaukovalta and Mazen Osama on Court 7 at the same time.
To get today’s final, Andrews and Broomfield had to upset the top-seeded pair of Angela Kulikov and Rianna Valdes from Southern Cal yesterday, 6-4, 6-4. Andrews and Broomfield will make UCLA’s first doubles title match appearance since 2013 when Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton made the final.
Over on the men’s side, Cressy and Smith will be the third Bruin pair in four years to compete for the doubles title. They easily defeated Timo Stodder and Preston Touliatos of Tennessee, 6-2, 6-1, yesterday to advance to today’s title game.
So, while a win by either or both pair won’t add to UCLA’s title total, the Bruins have a chance to win both titles and that’s something every Bruin can appreciate.