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Word From Westwood - May 7, 2013
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/07/2013

Word From Westwood

May 7, 2013

The flurry of NCAA postseason activity on the UCLA campus continues this week, when the men's and women's tennis teams host regional competition. It will mark the third time in four weeks that a NCAA Championship event is held in Westwood ... though it may not be the last this year, since both the baseball and softball teams have a chance of hosting a regional in the coming weeks.

New Premium Options for UCLA Season Ticket Holders at Rose Bowl Stadium
In case you may have missed it, late last week, UCLA unveiled two exciting, new premium options to complement football season ticket packages at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Horizon Club

The first option for purchase is membership in the new Horizon Club, a premium lounge level at the Rose Bowl. This level of the Terry Donahue Pavilion offers an experience never before offered at the Rose Bowl.

This exclusive, 32,000-square-foot area features multiple cash bars, premium concessions, and lounges on the north and south ends of the stadium where fans can catch the game on one of multiple flat-screen TVs.

At the request of many of our fans, UCLA-branded seat cushions are also being offered to all 2013 season ticket holders. Permanently attached to season ticket locations for the entire campaign, these padded seat and back cushions are available at $35 (per seat) prior to August 1, and $40 thereafter.

UCLA will open the 2013 football season on Saturday, August 31 when the Bruins host the University of Nevada Wolf Pack. For more information on either premium option or to purchase season tickets today, please call the Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946).

Both UCLA Tennis Teams Host NCAA Regional Action at the LATC This Week
After a week off, the UCLA men's and women's tennis teams return to action this weekend when they each host NCAA Regionals at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

The UCLA men's team, 24-1, and the top seed overall in the field of 64, opens up the NCAA tournament against Summit League Champion UMKC (13-10) this Friday at 1 pm. The other first-round match that day features Drake (24-3) and TCU (18-9) at 10 am. Friday's winners will meet in the second round on Saturday at 3 pm, with the winner of that match advancing to the NCAA Championships, May 16-21, in Champaign, Ill.

The seventh-seeded UCLA women's tennis team (16-5) will also be hosting a four-team NCAA Regional at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this weekend. Play begins on Saturday, with Big West Champion Long Beach State (21-3) taking on Oklahoma State (15-8) at 9 am. The second match that day features UCLA and Patriot League champion Army (22-6) at noon. The two winners will meet on Sunday at noon for the right to advance to the round of 16 in Illinois beginning on May 17.

Tickets for the NCAA Regionals can be purchased upon entrance to the Los Angeles Tennis Center (there are no advanced ticket sales). Prices are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students.

Multi-Event athletes

UCLA Opens Pac-12 Track and Field Championships on a High Note
Riding two top-ten finishes in the heptathlon (2nd -- Tatum Souza/6th --Kimmie Connor) and two in the decathlon (3rd -- Dominic Giovannoni/4th --Marcus Nilsson), the track and field teams opened the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships with a bang.

Each team registered 11 points on the weekend due to their finishes in the combined events, and the men currently lead the standings, with the women in second place.

The remainder of the championships will be contested this coming Saturday and Sunday at USC's Cromwell Field and Katherine B. Loker Stadium. All tickets for the event are general admission and cost $20 per day for adults and $10 per day for children, students and seniors. For more information on the event schedule, or to purchase tickets, please click here.

Women's Water Polo Squad Heads East for NCAA Tournament Play
The fourth-ranked UCLA women's water polo team (26-6, 3-3 MPSF) has earned its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and will open play this Friday afternoon against No. 6 seed Princeton (26-5, 5-0 CWPA).

Should the Bruins get by Princeton, against whom they are 5-0 all-time, they will meet the winner of No. 2 Stanford/No. 7 Iona on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals.

All NCAA Tournament matches are being played at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

East Regional Next Stop for UCLA Women's Golf Team
The sixth-ranked UCLA women's golf team will travel across the country this week - to the state of Alabama -- to compete in the NCAA East Regional at the Auburn University Club.

After 54 holes of competition, the top eight teams from each regional will qualify for the NCAA Championship, May 21-24, hosted by the University of Georgia.

Olympic Sports Report

  • Fresh off a second-place finish at the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships a week ago, falling only to Cal, the nation's top-ranked team, the #3-ranked men's golf team takes a week off from competition before participating in the NCAA Tempe Regional later this month. The Bruins are the No. 1 seed in the Regional.
  • The #6-ranked women's rowing team was edged by USC in three of five races at the annual crosstown dual meet in Marina del Rey last Saturday morning. UCLA's three losses came by no more than 2.5 seconds in any race, and the Bruins were able to win the second varsity four and novice eight races by large margins. UCLA returns to action at both the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and Pac-12 Championships the weekend of May 18-19 in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
  • The #6-ranked sand volleyball team concluded its inaugural season at the AVCA Collegiate Sand Championships last weekend in Gulf Shores, Ala. with two pairs teams, Meg Norton and Kelly Reeves and Zoe Nightingale and Becca Strehlow, each competing. Norton and Reeves qualified for the 16-team Championship bracket, and Reeves earned the first-ever All-American honor for a UCLA sand volleyball player.
  • The #8-ranked baseball team went 4-0 last week, earning an 8-1 victory over UC Irvine on Tuesday before sweeping Utah in a key Pac-12 series over the weekend. The Bruins are now 31-13 on the year and in third place in the Pac-12, just three-and-one-half games out of first. UCLA will conclude its home regular season schedule this week, hosting Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, before playing a three-game, weekend series against defending national champion, Arizona.
  • The #15-ranked softball team won all three of its games last week, beating Loyola Marymount and CSU Bakersfield twice, as Jessica Hall threw the Bruins' third no-hitter of the season in last Saturday's nightcap versus Bakersfield. UCLA closes out the regular season at Oregon State this Thursday through Saturday, and all three games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The NCAA Tournament selection show is on Sunday at 7 pm on ESPNU.

Development Event Calendar: Bruins at the Beach
UCLA Athletics' annual fund, the Wooden Athletic Fund, is proud to announce its inaugural "Bruins at the Beach" fundraiser event on Saturday, June 22. This exclusive event will be held at the beautiful The Strand at Headlands in Dana Point, and will begin with a sunset toast overlooking a breathtaking view of the Orange County coastline.

The Strand

The event will feature gourmet food, artisan hand-crafted cocktails, and decadent desserts, including a build-your-own-S'mores station.

If gorgeous views, warm ambiance, live music and great food and drink aren't enough to get you to Dana Point for this incredible evening, perhaps our silent auction or our guest list will. UCLA Head Coaches Jim Mora and Steve Alford will be in attendance, as will Bruin legends, including basketball great Bill Walton and former UCLA Football Coach Terry Donahue.

This one-of-a-kind fundraiser is $500 per person and is limited to 100 guests. All proceeds from this event benefit the Wooden Athletic Fund, which directly supports UCLA's 600-plus student-athletes.

Attending the event will not only give you a night full of great memories, but also the knowledge that you are supporting Bruin student-athletes in all areas of their lives; athletically, academically, and in the community.

To RSVP, please call the Wooden Athletic Fund Office, 310-206-3302, or visit woodenathleticfund.com/bruinsatthebeach for more information.

Thoughts from the Athletic Director

Yesterday was one of those very unique days that reminds those of us in the athletic department how truly special it is to be part of the Bruin family.

My morning started with a drive south to Orange County for 2013 UCLA Golf Classic at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club.

My main objective was not to win the closest to the pin contest or break par (by the way, neither of which would have happened had I tried), but to spend time with athletic department staff members and volunteers who helped put on the event and to thank the many UCLA donors and friends who attended and participated for their support of our great University. The overcast morning did not dampen their spirits as a great time was had by all. It was also terrific to see many UCLA "legends" in attendance and enjoying the camaraderie while helping the cause.

Despite some early morning showers, it ended being a great day for golf, as more than 200 players hit the links. The weather only provided the icing on the cake for what was a great event supported by the true investors in our program.

I was not able to stay for the dinner at the end of tournament though as I had to be back on campus in time for our annual UCLA Scholar-Athlete Banquet dinner that evening. This banquet serves to recognize and honor those student-athletes who "get it done" in a big way in the rigorous UCLA academic environment.

As we celebrated the academic achievements of our many student-athletes, it only seemed fitting that the UCLA Golf Classic was the same day as those same donors have supported our young men and women in the classroom.

We feted more than 200 student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom. I must recognize the tireless efforts of our academic support staff which provides our student-athletes with the resources and tools to excel.

There were many awards handed out during the evening, including to student-athletes who have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to succeed at this level both academically and athletically.

Especially of note was the announcement of our two scholar-athletes of the year, baseball's Ryan Deeter and track and field's Liz Goodrich, as the graduating male and female senior with the highest cumulative GPA.

Another highlight of the evening was hearing our featured speaker, UCLA alum and tennis great Larry Nagler. His words were insightful and served as a blueprint for personal success after the athletic career comes to an end for our student-athletes.

It was a perfect ending to a great day.

Go Bruins!

Dan Guerrero
UCLA Athletic Director

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