May 21, 2013
"The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" ... truer words were never spoken, especially during postseason play. Both the men's and women's tennis teams came oh-so-close to winning UCLA's 109th NCAA Championship, with the women losing a close match in the semifinals, 4-3, to Texas A&M and the men's team being just one point away from the title, if not for an unfortunate net violation in the deciding singles match that eventually led to a 4-3 loss to undefeated Virginia. While the thought of being on the cusp but falling short will sting, it can only fuel the desire to win that much more moving forward, not only for those teams but for those still in the hunt.
43 Track & Field Student-Athletes to Represent UCLA at NCAA Regionals
Men's Golf Wins Tempe Regional, Advances to Compete for Championship
Rowing Team Selected To NCAA Championships
Softball Falls to UAB in Extra Innings to Conclude NCAA Tourney Run
Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic a Rousing Success
Watch this video from the event for comments from Coach Mora and other celebrity participants, including Bruin greats Eric Karros and Jonathan Ogden.
Development Corner: Director's Circle Dinner
It was especially unique because the event allowed the donors to hear directly from the athletic director and some UCLA head coaches themselves in an intimate setting. In fact, Steve Alford, Brandon Brooks, Cori Close, Amanda Cromwell, Amy Kearney, Valorie Kondos Field, Mike Maynard, Stein Metzger, Jim Mora, Michael Sealy, John Speraw, and Adam Wright were all there to show their sincere gratitude first-hand to these ever-important supporters of UCLA Athletics and the Wooden Athletic Fund.
The evening featured a private viewing of the UCLA Football locker room followed by a reception and five-course dinner in the south end zone of the Rose Bowl, accompanied by live music from a Bruin Sax Quartet made up of current UCLA members of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band. It was an incredible evening not soon to be forgotten with great friends of UCLA. For some highlights, watch here.
Reminder: On the Road Events Begin Next Wednesday
The event schedule is as follows:
Each of the sessions costs $20 to attend and will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by a 7:15 pm speaking program.
The events are presented through a partnership of UCLA Development, the UCLA Athletics Department and the Wooden Athletic Fund. For more information, or to register for any of these events, please visit ontheroad.ucla.edu. Note that, per the UCLA Foundation, these events are only open to UCLA Alumni or donors who have given to any area of the university, including the Wooden Athletic Fund, over the span of the previous five years.
Save the Date: Dribble for the Cure Returns to Westwood on October 20
The annual "Dribble" is a collaborative effort between the UCLA Athletic Department, Bruin basketball legend John Vallely, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) and the Cancer Research Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Further details about the 2013 event will be announced this summer.
The hot hand of our spring sports squads continued this weekend. As mentioned, both our men's and women's tennis teams made it to the NCAA semifinals - the only school in the country to do so. The men's team advanced all the way to the title match and the women, ranked #7 in the country going into the tournament, competed brilliantly in coming so close to playing on the final day. Congratulations to coaches Billy Martin and Stella Sampras Webster on fantastic seasons!
Meanwhile, here in LA, the baseball team, with a strong finish as the season concludes, completed a sweep of USC. Congratulations to David Berg for notching his school-record 16th save on Sunday and to head coach John Savage for recording his 400th career victory. This is the final week of the regular season, featuring a home game against UCSB tonight and then a three game series at Stanford over the weekend. We submitted bids to host postseason games and hopefully will have the opportunity to host a NCAA regional series the following week. I know that the Bruin family will be there to support our team in their quest. In fact, NCAA Regional action is one of my favorite times of year, and at Jackie Robinson Stadium, every seat in the house is packed, and the energy of the crowd is unbelievable. There's no question that the success that we've enjoyed in NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals that we hosted at home is a direct result of our fans. Assuming we are fortunate to get the nod, make certain to get those tickets early.
Last but not least, all the way across the country, Carrie Forsyth and her women's golf team teed off at 4:30am PT today at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia. The top 24 teams in the country will compete for the coveted NCAA title. Our team is battle-tested, but we all still need to root for those putts to drop. Best of luck to the team in the coming days as they try to bring home their second championship in three years.
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