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Spring 2014 Happenings


Published Apr 1, 2014 8:00 AM


Women’s Sand Volleyball: UCLA vs. USC


UCLA’s inaugural season of sand volleyball, under the tutelage of Head Coach Stein Metzger, included a number of firsts: the first pairs win by freshmen Rachel Inouye and Maddy Klineman; the first match victory against Loyola Marymount; and the first two pairs to reach Nationals (Meg Norton and Kelly Reeves and sophomore Zoë Nightingale and freshman Becca Strehlow). Four of those six athletes return this season, which includes an early April clash with LMU and USC. Led by juniors Nightingale and Karsta Lowe, the squad will also participate in the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge April 12 and 13 in Hermosa Beach.

Apr 3 / Thurs / 4:30 PM. Merle Norman Stadium at USC. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Men’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Cal and Stanford

UCLA’s men’s tennis team enters the 2014 season where they left off in 2013 — ranked No. 2 in the nation. They are led by Clay Thompson, the first Bruin to be ranked as the nation’s No. 1 singles player since Benjamin Kohlloeffel in 2006. Thompson is joined in the preseason rankings by four other UCLA singles players and one doubles team, including Marcos Giron (No. 11), Mackenzie McDonald (No. 62), Karue Sell (No. 64) and Gage Brymer (No. 120). Giron and McDonald are also ranked No. 10 in doubles. The match against Cal features two teams ranked in the national Top 20. The Friday match begins at 1:30 p.m.; the Saturday match, at 1 p.m.

Apr 4 -5 / Fri – Sat. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Women’s Water Polo: UCLA vs. Stanford

Last year, UCLA Head Coach Brandon Brooks’ women’s water polo team entered the postseason ranked third in the country and finished true to form, capturing third place with a 13-8 win over sixth-ranked Hawai’i — their third straight, third-place finish. Brooks’ 2014 squad is loaded with talent, including Rachel Fattal, the MPSF Newcomer of the Year who was named to the ACWPC first team; Sami Hill, who was named to the second team; Emily Donohoe, third team; and Alys Williams, honorable mention. The Stanford Cardinal, the 2013 runner-ups, travel to Westwood for what could be a preview of the national finals.

Apr 11 / Fri / 1:30 PM. Spieker Aquatics Center. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Women’s Tennis: UCLA vs. USC

Junior Robin Anderson is the player to watch as she enters the season ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Also ranked in singles for UCLA to start the season are Chanelle Van Nguyen (No. 9), Jennifer Brady (No. 24) and Kyle McPhillips (tied at No. 36). At press time, UCLA was ranked No. 2 while USC was at No. 9.

Apr 18 / Fri / 12:30 PM. Los Angeles Tennis Center. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

UCLA Football Spring Showcase


For UCLA football fans, the annual spring game is the sole oasis of action between last season’s bowl game and next season’s opener. This year’s spring scrimmage will be the most anticipated in memory as a loaded Bruin squad tries to ride the momentum of last season’s 10-3 record toward a Pac-12 title. Jim Mora’s team returns eight starters on defense and nine more on offense, including quarterback Brett Hundley, who eschewed the NFL draft for another season in Westwood.

Apr 26 / Sat / 5 PM. Location StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 on day of event. Free for UCLA students and children 2 and under. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Softball: UCLA vs. Stanford

The 2014 edition of Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez’s softball squad has 17 returning letter-winners, including seven of nine position starters and all three starting pitchers from a 40-win team a year ago. Among them are junior All-American Stephany LaRosa and her classmates, Paige McDuffee and Mysha Sataraka, who, as part of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team, picked up silver medals last summer. Friday’s game is at 7 p.m.; Saturday’s is at 3 p.m.; and Sunday’s is at 12 p.m.

May 2 – 4 / Fri – Sun. Easton Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); free for kids 2 and under. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Track and Field: UCLA vs. USC

For this dual meet in May, much will be new in Westwood, including UCLA’s coaches (John Frazier for the men, John Henry Johnson for the women) and the running track at Drake Stadium, where a new, blue Mondo surface replaces the old, red Tartan track. UCLA senior thrower Julian Wruck is on the men’s 2014 Preseason Watch List for The Bowerman, an annual award that recognizes the top collegiate athletes in track and field.

May 4 / Sun / 9 AM. Drake Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); free for children 2 and under. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Baseball: UCLA vs. Oregon


When the Oregon Ducks travel to Westwood for the Bruins’ last home stand of the season, both dugouts should have a handle on exactly what kind of team they’ve got heading into the postseason. At press time, Oregon ranked No. 6 in the preseason polls while UCLA, the defending national champs, held down the No. 15 spot. The Ducks return six starting position players from their 2013 team, which finished 48-16 and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. On the mound, they are led by a pair of preseason All-Americans, Garrett Cleavinger and Cole Irvin. UCLA Head Coach John Savage has a quartet of All-Americans of his own, including two relievers, record-setting closer David Berg and James Kaprielian; southpaw starter Grant Watson; and infielder Kevin Kramer. Starting times are Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 12 p.m.

May 16 – 18/ Fri – Sun. Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); free for children 2 and under. For information: Call (310) UCLA-WIN or visit