Freshman Heather Compton tossed a one-hitter to beat Fresno State 2-0 in the championship game of the College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and gave UCLA an unprecedented third consecutive NCAA title. It also was the third straight year that the Bruins foiled Fresno State's championship hopes. All-America pitcher Lisa Longaker won 20 games for UCLA, which set a school record with 62 victories (against just seven defeats). Longaker capped her illustrious career by earning the Honda Award as the nation's top collegiate softball player for the second time. Freshman pitcher Lisa Fernandez and outfielder Yvonne Gutierrez also were All-America selections. Pitcher DeeDee Weiman tossed a school-record four no-hitters.
Freshman Jorge Salcedo's shootout goal lifted UCLA past Rutgers in the NCAA title game at Tampa, Florida, and gave the Bruins their second national championship. The Bruins avenged a 2-1 defeat at Rutgers' own tournament earlier in the season. That was the only loss of the season for UCLA, which finished 19-1-4. In the national semifinals, the Bruins outlasted North Carolina State in a penalty-kick shootout after a scoreless tie in regulation and overtime. Goalkeeper Brad Friedel was impenetrable, forging both shutouts in the Final Four and earning Freshman All-America honors.
Coach Andy Banachowski's squad capped a nearly perfect season with a three-game sweep (15-9, 15-12, 15-7) of the University of the Pacific in the NCAA title match at the University of Maryland. Natalie Williams earned All-America honors and was named the player of the year. The Bruins finished 36-1 and won the Pac-10 title for the third consecutive year while running their conference winning streak to 55 matches.
LaRee Sugg's 25-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole gave UCLA a dramatic come-from-behind victory and its first NCAA title in women's golf. To force the extra play, the Bruins had to rally from a six-stroke deficit on the final two holes at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Christy Erb, who finished second to Arizona's Annika Sorenstam for the individual title, sank her putt on the 18th to pull the Bruins even with San Jose State after 72 holes and force the first-ever playoff in the history of the women's golf championships. Sugg, Lisa Kiggens and Debbi Koyama earned All-America honors for the Bruins. Jackie Tobian-Steinmann was the national coach of the year.
Trailing Long Beach State two games to none and down 13-12 in the third game of the national championship match at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA turned the momentum around and went on to win in five games (12-15, 13-15, 15-12, 15-6, 15-11) and capture its second consecutive title. Natalie Williams, an All-American selection and the Honda Award winner as the nation's top women's player, led the comeback and was named the tournament MVP. Annett Buckner was the nation's freshman of the year. UCLA finished the season 31-5.
Freshman Jenny Brewster's two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted UCLA past Arizona 2-0 in the decisive game of the College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, giving the Bruins their seventh NCAA title in 11 seasons. The pitching star for UCLA was junior Lisa Fernandez, who won all five games at the CWS without allowing an earned run. Fernandez finished the season a perfect 29-0, earned All-America honors for the third consecutive year and was named the Honda Award winner as collegiate softball's best player for the second straight year. Joanne Alchin and Yvonne Gutierrez also were All-America selections for the Bruins, who finished the season 54-2.
After their longest title drought-three years-since the inception of the NCAA volleyball tournament in 1970, the Bruins returned to the winner's circle with a vengeance in 1993, sweeping 22 opponents en route to a 24-3 record, including a rout of upstart Cal State Northridge in the final match, 15-8, 15-11, 15-10. Senior setter Mike Sealy was named the player of the year and shared tournament MVP honors with teammate Jeff Nygaard, who was nearly flawless while hitting .867 in a semifinal victory over Ohio State. Al Scates notched his 800th victory as coach (he ended the season at 810) and earned national coach of the year notice for the third time. UCLA set new school records for team hitting percentage and blocking.
20 years after UCLA's last NCAA title and 15 years since its last Final Four, UCLA returned to national prominence by defeating the defending national champion Arkansas 89-78. Led by seniors Ed O'Bannon, Tyus Edney, and George Zidek, UCLA established a single season record for most wins (32-1 overall record) and ended the year with a 19-game winning streak. Other key contributors were sophomores Charles O'Bannon and Cameron Dollar, and freshmen Toby Bailey and J.R. Henderson. Edney saved the team from a second-round upset with his full-court dash and layup in 4.8 seconds against Missouri. UCLA won that game 75-74. George Zidek contained Oklahoma State's center Bryant Reeves in UCLA's semifinal victory over the Cowboys, 74-61. Edney, however, injured his wrist in that game and only played less 3 minutes against Arkansas. Dollar admirably filled in for Edney in the title game with a career-high 36 minutes and 8 assists. Ed O'Bannon led the way with 30 points and 17 rebounds, and Toby Bailey had a career-high 26 points. Ed O'Bannon was named the Final Four MVP, and later received the John R. Wooden Award. Coach Jim Harrick was named the 1995 Naismith and NABC National Coach of the Year and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
After losing to Penn State in the 1994 NCAA title game, UCLA stormed back in 1995, going 31-1 on the season. The lone loss was to Ball State, and the Bruins demolished them when they faced them again in the NCAA semifinals. The Bruins got revenge against Penn State in the NCAA title game, beating them 15-3, 15-10, 15-10. Senior Jeff Nygaard won his second straight AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year awards, and he along with Stein Metzger and John Speraw were named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Nygaard was also named Most Outstanding Player.
Playing against top-ranked Cal at Stanford's deGuerre Pool in the NCAA Tournament final on Dec. 3, the UCLA men's water polo team posted a 10-8 victory, giving head coach Guy Baker his first national title. The championship game was won in dramatic fashion, as the outcome was decided in the final minute. With the score tied at 8-8, With 1:44 remaining, UCLA's Jeremy Braxton-Brown put the Bruins up 9-8 with his first goal of the game. He would later add an insurance goal with 42 seconds remaining, giving the Bruins the eventual 10-8 victory.
Al Scates was named coach of the year after guiding the Bruins to their 16th, and perhaps most improbable, NCAA men's volleyball title. UCLA lost four starters from its 1995 national championship team but went 26-5 and defeated preseason favorite Hawaii in a grueling, 3-hour 27-minute, five-game marathon (15-13, 12-15, 9-15, 17-15, 15-12) in the final at Pauley Pavilion. Setter Stein Metzger was national co-player of the year and earned NCAA All-Tournament honors along with teammate Tom Stillwell, who led the country in blocking average.
The Bruins upset top-ranked and heavily favored USC 8-7 in the title match at UC San Diego to win their second consecutive NCAA men's water polo championship. Randy Wright's two-point goal a little more than two minutes into the game sparked UCLA to a 6-3 lead after one quarter, and the Bruins held off a Trojan rally to win. The Bruins finished the season at 24-6. Goalie Matt Swanson made 14 saves in the championship match, was named the NCAA tournament MVP and earned his second consecutive player of the year award.
The Bruins came up with a big performance on the uneven parallel bars to rally from behind and edge Pac-10-rival Arizona State 197.150-196.850 for their first NCAA women's gymnastics title, held in Gainesville, Florida. UCLA, the top-ranked team in the nation entering the season, won the Pac-10 championship behind the all-around performance of conference gymnast of the year Leah Homma. The Bruins then won the West Regionals with a meet-record score on the strength of individual titles from Amy Smith on the vault, Heidi Moneymaker on bars, and Lena Degteva on the beam. Coach Valorie Kondos' squad was the first team other than Georgia, Alabama, or Utah ever to win the NCAA crown.
Seth George scored a pair of goals just two minutes apart late in the NCAA title game to lift UCLA to a 2-0 victory over Virginia at Richmond, Virginia. George's goals in the 80th and 82nd minutes, combined with the spectacular goalkeeping of Matt Reis, gave the Bruins their third national championship in 13 seasons under coach Sigi Schmid. UCLA, which finished the season 22-2, had beaten top-ranked and undefeated Indiana 1-0 in sudden death triple overtime in the semifinals. George and Reis each earned All-America honors in 1997. George was named the Final Four's offensive MVP and Reis was named the defensive MVP.
After surviving a scare from Lewis University in the semifinals, UCLA swept local rival Pepperdine in the finals (15-11, 15-11, 15-7) to win the NCAA title in Hawaii. Adam Naeve was named the tourney's most outstanding player and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Brandon Taliaferro and Fred Robins. Naeve and Taliaferro also earned first-team All-America honors. The Bruins went 28-4, defeated USC for the 12th consecutive time and won their sixth consecutive MPSF Mountain Division title. Al Scates was named national coach of the year for the fifth time.
Julie Adams' two-run single and Courtney Dale's solo home run lifted the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over Washington in the decisive game of the College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Adams was the CWS's most outstanding player. Despite dislocating a shoulder in the opening game against DePaul, she still played in all the CWS games. Dale also was the winning pitcher in the title game. It was her school-record-tying 33rd victory of the season. Dale, Christie Ambrosi, Amanda Freed and Stacey Nuveman earned All-America honors for coach Sue Enquist's squad, which set a UCLA record for victories while going 63-6.
Freshman goalie Brandon Brooks stopped a two-point attempt in the final seconds, and UCLA held on to beat Stanford 6-5 and win the NCAA men's water polo championship at UC San Diego. The Bruins, who finished the season 22-3, also edged the Cardinal in overtime the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship game a week earlier. In the NCAA title match, UCLA overcame a 4-1 first-half deficit with five unanswered goals. Sean Kern scored eight goals in the two games of the Final Four and was named the tournament's MVP. He also was honored as a first-team All-America and was the first recipient of the Peter J. Cutino Award as men's water polo's collegiate player of the year. Matt Armato was a first-team All-America choice and Guy Baker earned national coach of the year honors.