The Bruins won back-to-back men's water polo titles for the third time, finishing a 19-7 season with an easy 11-2 victory over UC San Diego in the NCAA championship game at Pepperdine University. All five UCLA seniors scored goals in the title-match rout, including Brian Brown, who scored three goals, and Sean Kern, who had two and was also named the tournament MVP. Kern capped his Bruin career by earning player of the year honors for the second consecutive year as well. Brown, Kern and goalie Brandon Brooks were first-team All-America selections.
UCLA swept Ohio State in three games (15-8, 15-10, 17-15) to win the men's volleyball title at Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was the 18th NCAA title for the Bruins under the guidance of Al Scates, the most for any coach in a single sport (UCLA also won a pair of USVBA titles under Scates). The Bruins, who finished the season 29-5, ousted Pepperdine in the MPSF finals to earn the top seed at the NCAAs. They then swept Penn State to reach the national-title match. Setter Brandon Taliaferro earned player of the year honors from Volleyball Magazine, and was named the most outstanding player on the NCAA All-Tournament team. Seth Burnham and Evan Thatcher also made the All-Tournament squad.
The Bruins were the nation's most dominant team in 2000, emerging as Pac-10, NCAA regional and NCAA national champions. UCLA hit 48 of 48 routines to win the NCAA competition in Boise, Idaho. Lena Degteva won an individual title on the balance beam and Mohini Bhardwaj took first place on the bars. Five Bruins earned a school-record 18 All-America honors. Valorie Kondos was the co-coach of the year.
Seilala Sua won the shot put and finished second in the 20-pound weight throw to lead UCLA to its first women's indoor track and field title in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Bruins took the lead on the meet's first day behind victories from Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault and Keyon Soley in the long jump. The next day, UCLA clinched the title with a 1-3-6 finish in the shot put. Sua won with a heave of 56-8. Christina Tolson finished third and Chaniqua Ross placed sixth. Sua was the Pac-10 women's track and field athlete of the year. Jeanette Bolden won her fourth consecutive Pac-10 coach of the year award.
UCLA demolished the field as it won its second consecutive NCAA Indoor Track and Field title in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the school's 84th team title, ranking it first in total NCAA team championships. The Bruins finished with 53.50 points, followed by South Carolina (40) and a tie between Clemson and Arizona for third place with 30 points each. Christina Tolson placed second in the 20-lb. weight throw with a mark of 68' 9 3/4" (20.97m). Cari Soong finished 10th in the weight throw with a mark of 62' 8 3/4" (19.12m). In the triple jump, Deana Simmons finished second with a jump of 44' 2 1/2" (13.47m). Junior Tracy O'Hara finished second in the pole vault, clearing a height of 13' 9 1/4" (4.20m). In the 60m dash, Shakedia Jones finished fifth in a time of 7.40.
In 2001, the Bruins captured the inaugural NCAA Women's Water Polo title, their second consecutive national title and fifth championship in six years. In the title game, UCLA defeated Stanford 5-4. The win came off of a Coralie Simmons goal with 1:28 remaining in the games. Goals were scored by Simmons (2), Robin Beuregard, Kelly Heuchan, and Ashley Stachowski. Jaime Hipp recorded six saves. For her efforts, Simmons received MVP honors and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Beuregard, Heuchan, Hipp, Kristin Guerin, Jenny Lamb and Elaine Zivich
UCLA continued its winning ways in 2001, scoring an amazing 20 perfect 10s during the season and capturing the NCAA title for the second consecutive year and claiming three individual nationals champions - UCLA's first all-around champion Onnie Willis, Yvonne Tousek on bars and Bhardwaj on floor. Bhardwaj went on to win the Honda Award as the nation's top gymnast, and Kondos earned her fourth national coach of the year title.
A new era in UCLA soccer could not have gotten off to a better start than it did in 2002. Under first-year head coach Tom Fitzgerald, the Bruins captured its first Pac-10 championship and its fourth NCAA title. The Bruins made it to the College Cup thanks to a blistering offense that scored 14 goals in three games but then won the championship thanks to a stingy defense that shut out Stanford in the title game, 1-0. Both teams had good scoring opportunities in the game. Stanford had a header cleared off the line by Jimmy Frazelle in the early minutes, and Ryan Futagaki had a hard shot ricochet off the left post in the 31st minute. But all things changed in the 89th minute. Ty Maurin was fouled in near the left corner with the Bruins on the attack and earned a free kick for UCLA. Futagaki's perfectly-placed free kick found Aaron Lopez, who one-timed the ball past Stanford goalie Robby Fulton into the top right corner with 1:02 remaining on the clock for the championship-winning goal.
The UCLA women's water polo team defeated Stanford University to win its second NCAA championship and sixth national title. The Bruins entered the second half trailing 0-2 but stormed back with four straight goals to take home the title with a 4-3 victory. The Bruins finish the season 23-4 overall. UCLA trailed at the half, 2-0, before Kelly Rulon and Jessica Lopez scored third quarter goals to tie the game. A 6-on-5 goal from Lauren Heineck gave UCLA its first lead, and senior Robin Beauregard made it 4-2 with 2:50 left in the final period. Stanford was able to convert on a UCLA turnover to get within one at 4-3, but UCLA then stopped a 6-on-5 opportunity in the final minute and was able to hold Stanford scoreless on its final possession. Six Bruins were named to the All-Tournament Team. Beauregard was named the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Lopez and junior Natalie Golda were named to the first team, and Rulon, seniors Jaime Hipp and Maureen Flanagan were named to the second team.
With perhaps the greatest collection of gymnasts ever assembled on one collegiate team, UCLA claimed its third title in four years in Lincoln, Neb. The Bruins pulled away from a tight competition with a sparkling beam rotation. After struggling on beam in the preliminaries, Bruin head coach Valorie Kondos Field employed a brilliant strategy, putting in the extremely consistent Onnie Willis as the leadoff competitor. In the first leadoff beam performance of her career, Willis was not only steady but spectacular, scoring a 9.925 to set the table perfectly for her teammates, who responded by totaling a 49.525 to take a .475 lead over second-place Georgia after the fourth rotation. Alabama closed to within three-tenths of a point during rotation five, and the Bruins moved to floor with the chance to close it out. A fall in the middle of the rotation put pressure on the Bruins, but there was little doubt that the final two competitors would not respond like champions, and they did just that. Willis, the eventual Honda Award winner, scored a 9.9, and Jamie Dantzscher clinched the win with a 9.975. Individually, Richardson claimed the beam title and tied with Dantzscher for the bars title. Seniors Malia Jones, Kristin Parker, Carly Raab, Doni Thompson and Onnie Willis - the "Fab Five" - ended their careers with three NCAA team Championships.
Toria Auelua's ninth-inning RBI single and Keira Goerl's second no-hitter of the season paired to power UCLA to its ninth NCAA Softball Championship, as the Bruins defeated California 1-0 in the National Championship Game. UCLA started with the five spot in the lineup in the bottom of the ninth inning. Junior centerfielder Stephanie Ramos led off with a double to left center that hit the outfield wall. She advanced to third on a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Emily Zaplatosch and came home on a slow-moving single through the left side of the infield by Auelua. That was all the offense the Bruins would need to bring home their 10th National Championship.
In the bottom of the ninth, Goerl retired Courtney Scott on a ground-out to Tairia Mims a third base. Veronica Nelson, who had been intentionally walked three times prior, would have been the second batter of the inning but was unable to hit because she had already been replaced in the lineup twice. That brought Mikella Pedretti to the plate, and she grounded out to Natasha Watley for the second out of the inning. Haley Woods then popped out on a ball caught by Ramos as she stood on the logo in shallow center field, sealing the title for the Bruins.
The championship was the ninth NCAA title for UCLA's softball program and its 10th National Championship, including a 1978 AIAW title. Three Bruins were named to the All-Tournament team, including third baseman Tairia Mims, senior shortstop Natasha Watley and Most Outstanding Player Keira Goerl.
Competing in front of a home crowd at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA won its fifth NCAA title with a record-breaking performance. The Bruins headed into the Championships on a bit of a mini-slump, having lost the Pac-10 Championships and having to count a fall in the final rotation at Regionals. Once at the NCAA Championships, however, the Bruins cast aside any doubt. UCLA qualified to the Super Six after a first-place showing in the team prelims and then put together a near-perfect display of gymnastics in the Super Six, hitting 24-for-24 routines, with 15 scores of 9.9 or higher to set an NCAA Super Six record of 198.125. UCLA scored 49.5 or higher on three of the four events, including a 49.6 on beam in its final rotation to sew up the victory with one rotation still to be completed.
The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team won the 2004 NCAA Women's Golf Championships on May 22nd in the rain delayed final round in Opelika, AL at the Auburn National Golf Course. The Bruins played the final round in two-over par 290 and finished with a 72-hole score of 1,148, four-under par. UCLA defeated second-place Oklahoma State by three shots and top-ranked Duke by 11 strokes. Cal finished fourth at 20-over par 1,172, followed by Vanderbilt at 1,180, 28-over par. Overall, the Bruins played the final nine holes in five-under par, while Oklahoma State, which had to make up six shots since the end of play on Friday, played the back nine in three-under par. Duke, which had won 10 tournaments during the season by an average of 22 shots, played the final nine holes in two-over par. Individually, the Bruins received clutch performances from All-Americans Mayorkas and Susie Mathews. Mayorkas played the back nine on Saturday in three-under par 33 for a final round score of 70. Mathews played the inward nine in two-under par 34 for an even par round of 72.
UCLA successfully defended its NCAA Championship in the first-ever title game played in prime time. The Bruins trailed 1-0 for five innings before a solo home run by Claire Sua and a two-RBI single by freshman pinch hitter Kristen Dedmon provided all the runs that senior pitcher Keira Goerl needed, as she became just the second pitcher in NCAA Division I history to win multiple title games. California took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and was thriving behind pitcher Kelly Anderson, who retired the first 12 UCLA batters that she faced in the game. Through the first three innings, Anderson had recorded four strikeouts as she retired each batter in the UCLA lineup at least once. However, the Bruins led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a bang. Senior 1B Claire Sua tattooed the first pitch of the inning well over the left field fence to tie the game at 1-1. With two runners on base and two out, head coach Sue Enquist opted for a pinch-hitter, and freshman Kristen Dedmon delivered by hitting a 1-1 pitch up the middle, easily scoring pinch-runner Amanda Simpson and creating a play at the plate with pinch-runner Tara Henry. Henry slid around Cal catcher Haley Woods, barely touching the back corner of home plate. However, plate umpire Michael Mazur called obstruction on Woods on the play, which automatically awards the base to the runner and in this instance scored UCLA's third run of the game.
That was all the offense that Keira Goerl would need, as she was able to record the last six defensive outs of the game to become just the second player in NCAA Division I Softball Championship history to win more than one title game. She joined Bruin great Debbie Doom (1982, '84, '85) and Arizona's Susie Parra (1993, '94) as the only pitchers in Championship history to be the winning pitcher in multiple championship games. Goerl recorded four strikeouts, walked three and allowed just one run in Monday's title game.
In the final day of the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium before 14,000, the UCLA women, under 11th year head coach Jeanette Bolden, won the team title, edging defending champion LSU 69-68. For Bolden, it marked her first NCAA Outdoor crown, adding to her two NCAA Indoor titles that she won in 2001 and 2000. It's UCLA's fifth overall NCAA Outdoor Championship (NCAA-1983-82/AIAW 1977-75).
The Bruins capped off one of the most remarkable seasons in UCLA water polo history on Sunday by capturing the program's eighth national title in what has already been referred to as one of the most thrilling title games in the history of NCAA water polo. The national champion Bruins finished the 2004 campaign with a remarkable 25-3 record, good for an .893 winning percentage, the best since 1972. UCLA also won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season title by completing just its third perfect (8-0) conference schedule. UCLA sat atop the national rankings with the number one spot for eight consecutive weeks, beginning on October 6. The 2004 Bruins also did something no other water polo team has done since 1990; they pieced together an 18-match winning streak. Beginning on September 25 with a 6-4 victory over UC Irvine, the then-third-ranked Bruins went on to win the NorCal Tournament the following weekend and would not lose again until the finals of the MPSF tournament on November 28. UCLA definitively demonstrated their place atop the rankings as throughout the course of the season the Bruins defeated the nation's top four teams, California, USC and Stanford, a total of six times in nine matches, including victories at each of those schools. The Bruins will say good-bye to six seniors this year, all of whom started on the 2004 national championship squad. The class, which makes up Krikorian's first recruiting class while alone at the helm of the program, includes goalkeeper Joseph Axelrad, Peter Belden, Albert Garcia, Josh Hewko, Brett Ormsby and Ted Peck.
The UCLA Bruin women's water polo team concluded its remarkable season by winning the 2005 NCAA Championship. The Bruins beat third-seeded Stanford, 3-2 in the final game of the tournament at the Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is UCLA's 96th NCAA Championship. UCLA (33-0) finished the year with the longest single-season winning streak in NCAA history of 33 games. They are also only the second team to go undefeated, after the USC Trojans went 29-0 in 2004. In the fourth quarter, Brittany Rowe scored again for UCLA, her second goal of the game, to put the Bruins ahead 3-1. Stanford would not give up, and Katie Hansen scored for Stanford with 4:12 left in the game. UCLA's tough defense was the key to the Bruin victory. Rulon and Munro had steals that prevented Stanford from getting many scoring opportunities. With 36 seconds left, Molly Cahill received her third ejection, giving Stanford a 6-5 situation in the last possession of the game. Kristina Kunkel stole the ball with 17 seconds and UCLA held on to win 3-2.
For the first time since 1984 the UCLA men's tennis team captured the NCAA tennis title, as the seventh-seeded Bruins posted a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over top-seeded and undefeated Baylor in the NCAA Final on May 24. With the win, UCLA (27-3) snapped Baylor's 57-match winning streak, the second longest in NCAA history. With the match tied a 3-3, UCLA's No. 3 singles player Kris Kwinta clinched the win for the Bruins, registering a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Baylor's Lars Poerschke. Kwinta served out the match leading 5-4 in the third set. When Poerschke's forehand sailed long on match point, Kwinta threw his racquet over the fence before being mobbed by teammates. UCLA has now snapped the longest and second longest winning streaks in NCAA history. In 2004, the Bruins ended Illinois' run of 64-straight victories with a 4-2 win in the NCAA Semifinals.
UCLA completed a remarkable run for the NCAA title by winning its final 14 matches after starting the season 12-12. On March 17, the Bruins rallied from a 0-2 deficit to beat USC at home 3-2 and catapult their stretch run to the national championship. The Bruins won their last seven conference matches to secure a berth in the MPSF playoffs where they defeated three higher ranked teams to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. At the NCAAs, the Bruins swept Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne and host Penn State to capture their 19th crown in men's volleyball and the school's 98th overall NCAA team title. Junior Steve Klosterman earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player honors and seniors Damien Scott and Dennis Gonzalez were named to the All-Tournament team. The Bruins finished with a record of 26-12 in winning their 19th NCAA team championship, the most of any school in the sport of volleyball.
The 2006 women's water polo team surprised the water polo world by winning its second straight NCAA title, defeating USC, 9-8 in stunning fashion in the championship game of the NCAA women's water polo tournament in Davis, CA. UCLA finished 29-4 and recorded the school's 99th NCAA championship. The Bruins advanced to the title game by defeating Hartwick and Stanford in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. With about 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the title match, USC tied the game at 8-8. Following a Bruin timeout, Courtney Mathewson scored the game-winning goal, slipping the ball barely past the USC goalkeeper with a seven-meter shot with one second on the clock. USC had one last shot with a second left, but the ball bounced off the crossbar. Kelly Rulon, the NCAA tournament MVP and first-team All-MPSF member, scored four goals in the game and led the Bruins with 70 goals on the season. Emily Feher, Thalia Munro, and Kacy Kunkel were also named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. UCLA's NCAA title was its fourth in the six-year history of the championship.
For the third consecutive year, the UCLA women's water polo team hoisted the NCAA Championship trophy after defeating Stanford, 5-4, on May 13, 2007. Junior Courtney Mathewson led the Bruins' attack with three goals, and junior Jillian Kraus scored twice to give UCLA the school's unprecedented 100th NCAA team championship and fifth in women's water polo. In the championship game, UCLA led 2-0 after one quarter and owned a 3-1 lead at halftime. The Bruins used a third-quarter goal by Mathewson to take a 4-1 lead into the final quarter. Stanford scored two goals early in the fourth quarter, cutting the Bruins' advantage to 4-3. Mathewson's third goal of the contest handed UCLA a 5-3 cushion, and the Bruins held on to win 5-4. Senior goalkeeper Emily Feher capped a remarkable career at UCLA by recording nine saves in the championship victory. She finished her four-year career having registered 713 saves, the second highest career total in school history. Senior Kelly Rulon was selected the Tournament MVP after capturing her fourth NCAA team title. Rulon, a four-time All-American, established UCLA's all-time goals record with 237 in her career. Joining Rulon on the eight-player NCAA All-Tournament first team were Feher, Mathewson, Kraus and Kacy Kunkel.The Bruins finished the regular season with a 28-2 overall mark and improved to 90-6 from 2005 through 2007.
The 2008 UCLA women's water polo team captured its fourth consecutive NCAA title, defeating crosstown rival USC, 6-3, in the championship match at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center on Sunday, May 11. The Bruins' win capped a remarkable 33-0 season, a year in which UCLA was ranked as the No. 1 team in the national poll from start to finish. UCLA finished with an undefeated record and NCAA championship for the second time in four years - the Bruins' 2005 squad went 33-0 en route to defeating Stanford for the national title. In the 2008 championship match, junior Tanya Gandy paced the Bruins with two goals, as seniors Courtney Mathewson and Gabrielle Domanic, junior Anne Belden and freshman Priscilla Orozco each scored one goal. The Bruins raced to a 3-1 first-quarter lead and registered a 5-1 halftime advantage. USC closed the gap to 5-2 by the end of the third quarter, and each team traded a goal in the final quarter. Gandy earned NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player honors, having scored three goals in UCLA's 11-4 win over UC Davis in the semifinal contest before netting two goals in the championship match. The 6-3 victory over USC marked the final game in a Bruins' uniform for UCLA's five seniors - Kamaile Crowell, Gabrielle Domanic, Jillian Kraus, Courtney Mathewson and Brittany Rowe - all of whom helped lead the women's water polo program to NCAA titles in each of their four seasons at UCLA.
The UCLA women's tennis program captured its first-ever NCAA Championship in 2008, defeating Pac-10 rival Cal, 4-0 in the final at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center. After winning the doubles point, the Bruins picked up singles wins from Alex McGoodwin, Andrea Remynse and Riza Zalameda. Zalameda, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, clinched the victory for UCLA with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Susie Babos at court No. 1. In addition to Zalameda, Remynse (No. 4 singles), McGoodwin and Yasmin Schnack (No. 3 doubles) also received all-tournament honors. Zalameda and partner Tracy Lin were named all-tournament at No. 1 doubles. The seventh-seeded Bruins, who had lost to Georgia Tech in the NCAA Final the year before, breezed through the 2008 tournament, dropping just two points in six matches. UCLA's six wins in the tournament were as follows: def. Buffalo, 4-0 (1st Rd.), def. Denver, 4-0 (2nd Rd.), def. USC, 4-0 (Rd. of 16), def. Arkansas, 4-0 (Quarterfinals), def. Florida, 4-2 (Semifinals), def. Cal, 4-0 (Final). The Bruins were led in 2008 by its four seniors Zalameda, Lin, McGoodwin and Elizabeth Lumpkin.
On May 31, 2008, senior Kevin Chappell made a par on the 72nd hole to preserve UCLA's second NCAA title in men's golf. Chappell also won the individual title, becoming the first UCLA golfer to capture NCAA medalist honors. On the 71st hole, Chappell chipped in from off the green to maintain UCLA's one-shot lead over second place Stanford, which had made a late charge in the final round. Birdies at the 16th and 18th holes in the final round by senior Craig Leslie proved crucial to the Bruins' title hopes, as well as key par saves on the final holes by junior Erik Flores and freshman Philip Francis. The national championship was UCLA's third in May and its 103rd overall.
The 2009 UCLA women's water polo team captured its fifth consecutive NCAA title, defeating crosstown rival USC, 5-4, in the championship match at Maryland's Eppley Recreation Center on Sunday, May 10. The Bruins' win capped a season in which they placed third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and third in the MPSF postseason tournament. UCLA entered the NCAA championships as the No. 3 seed and defeated Michigan in first-round action, 13-6. In the semifinals, the Bruins rallied to defeat No. 2 seed Stanford for the first time all year, 12-11, when sophomore Megan Burmeister scored the game-winning goal at the buzzer. In the championship match against No. 1 seed USC, senior Tanya Gandy led the Bruins with three goals and senior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen collected 12 saves. The Bruins also received one goal each from senior Anne Belden and sophomore Priscilla Orozco. UCLA never trailed in the contest, securing a 5-3 lead by halftime. UCLA's senior class of Anne Belden, Brittany Fullen, Tanya Gandy and Katie Rulon finished with four NCAA titles and a perfect 12-0 mark in NCAA Tournament play. Gandy, who earned NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player honors and scored a school-record 79 goals, including three in the title match.
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