Wednesday, May 19, 2010
By Blair Angulo
A look at how some of UCLA's Olympic sports teams fared this weekend:
Softball: The Bruins returned from Tucson with a series victory over No. 3-ranked Arizona, winning Thursday's opener 6-5 and Saturday's finale 6-4. On Sunday, UCLA -- which clinched a second place finish in the Pac-10 Conference behind defending national champion Washington -- received the No. 5 overall seed in this year's NCAA Tournament. The 11-time NCAA champion Bruins (40-11) are hosts of the Los Angeles Regional, which begins on May 21.
Men's Tennis: The No. 9 men's team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 4-0 sweep of California at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Sunday. From UCLA: Sunday's doubles point couldn't have been any closer, with the Bruins needing a miraculous comeback at court No. 2 to pull it out. After both teams traded lopsided victories at court Nos. 1 and 3, all attention then focused on court No. 2, where Cal's Chris Konigsfeldt and Nick Andrews were leading UCLA's Haythem Abid and Matt Brooklyn. Cal actually owned a 5-2 lead in that match - and even held a match point with Andrews serving up 7-4 - but failed to close it out. UCLA's seniors responded to the pressure, fighting off that match point before eventually reelling off five straight games to close out the match 9-7. The Bruins meet No. 8-seeded Stanford on Friday in Athens, Ga.
Women's Tennis: The women are also heading to the round of 16 after sweeping Arizona State on Saturday. The No. 7-seeded Bruins will play No. 10 Duke on Thursday. Click here for an updated look at the women's bracket.
Men's Track: UCLA's 4x100m relay did it again, edging USC in the Pac-10 final to win for the second straight year. Jamal Alston, Karlton Rolle, Maxwell Dyce and Brandon Smith recorded a season-best 39.66, which ranks 17th in the NCAA this season. UCLA did not fare as well in the rest of the Pac-10 meet, tying for fourth overall.
Women's Track: Junior Lindsay Rowe ran a personal-best 13.24 to win the 100m hurdles, freshman Turquoise Thompson posted a 56.92 to win the 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay team took first at the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley. But like the men, the women did not fare well in the grand scheme of things. UCLA finished in sixth place.