|Hometown:||Rolling Hills, Calif.|
|High School:||Palos Verdes HS|
Played in five games at goalkeeper, recording 16 saves ... collected a season- and career-high seven saves in a 18-3 win against Redlands (Sept. 13) ... played 44 minutes, allowing five goals on the year for a gaols against average of 3.64 ... averaged 11.6 saves per game ... also had two steals.
Was on the squad but did not play in the cage for the Bruins as UCLA had five goalies last year.
Redshirted the season.
2015: Helped USA to win bronze at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea (July 2-14) ... made three appearances playing 37 minutes in goal for the U.S. ... made four saves against China, stopping four of six shots (66.7%) in a 12-8 win in pool play ... made four saves on 15 shots in the 13-12 win against Japan in pool play.
Four-year (2009-12) varsity water polo letterwinner at Palos Verdes High School under head coach Chris Murin (2009-11) and Patrick O’Brien (2012) … the Sea Kings won the Bay League Championship in 2010 and 2011 and reached the CIF SS D-III semifinals the final three years he played (2010-12) … PVHS won the CIF SS D-IV title in 2009, defeating Mira Costa 6-5 … named first team All-Bay League in 2011 and 2012 … also named first team All-CIF SS D-III in 2012 and second team All-CIF SS D-III in 2011 … named Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the TRX Memorial Cup in 2011 and 2012 … also named Co-MVP of the South Bay Tournament in 2012 … recorded 339 saves and 57 steals at PVHS as a senior (2012).
Full name: Aleksandar Vukan Ruzic, prefers Alek … born May 1, 1995 in Torrance, Calif. … his parents are Vukan and Jeanette Ruzic … has two older sisters, Stefania and Laina and one younger sister, Helena … his sister, Stefania, attended UCLA … competed with the Bruin Water Polo Club in Los Angeles, Calif. … says he chose UCLA because “my older sister graduated from UCLA, many of my friends and teammates have attended or are attending UCLA and I love the campus” … says his biggest thrill in his athletic career is, “getting to play and travel internationally to Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia” … said he took up playing water polo because, “I completely severed my Achilles tendon when I was in the sixth grade” … lists the Los Angeles Kings’ Jeff Carter as the athlete he most admires … majoring in economics.
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