Spring 2017 Happenings
Published Apr 1, 2017 8:00 AM
Women’s Water Polo: UCLA vs. USC
UCLA’s women’s water polo team has won 11 national championships and is annually one of the top teams in the nation. The 2016 edition finished third in the NCAA tournament, a disappointing conclusion when you expect to finish at the top. The expectations for this season are no exception; Brandon Brooks’ squad ranks third in the polls at press time behind rivals Stanford and USC. Crucial to the Bruins’ success is freshman attacker Maddie Musselman, who spent last summer representing the U.S. in the Olympics, scoring 12 goals in Rio. Key returnees are senior Mackenzie Barr, who was a first-team All-MPSF and an NCAA All-Tournament first-team selection last year. Sophomore Lizette Rozeboom earned a selection to the MPSF All-Newcomer Team last year. Barr, junior Devin Grab, senior Kelsey O’Brien and redshirt senior Alexa Tielmann all earned All-America selections. UCLA closes the regular season against USC.
APR. 22 / SAT / 1 P.M. Location: Spieker Aquatics Center. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.
Softball: UCLA vs. Oregon
UCLA softball won 40 games in 2016, a fine season for most but perhaps a bit below expectations for a team coming off consecutive 50-win campaigns, while finishing the year ranked 13th was again unexpected for a program with 12 national titles. Leading the way in 2017 are a pair of U.S. Women’s National Team players, sophomore Paige Halstead and senior Delaney Spaulding. Halstead was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team in 2016, while Spaulding was named an NFCA Second Team All-American and All-Pac-12 First Team. She led the team with 17 home runs and 61 runs batted in. All three of the Bruins’ top pitchers return for the 2017 campaign, including 19-game winner junior Selina Ta’amilo, 15-game winner junior Johanna Grauer and redshirt senior Paige McDuffee, who led the team in ERA. In this home stand, the Bruins face the Oregon Ducks, who finished the 2016 season ranked in the Top Ten.
APR. 7-9 / FRI-SUN / 7 P.M., 7 P.M., 2 P.M. Location: Easton Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth/ student (general admission); children 2 and under are free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.
Women’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Utah
The Bruins opened the 2017 women’s tennis season in an unfamiliar position: ranked outside the top 15 for the first time since 2009. One of the keys to the team’s returning to its championship form (they won the national title in 2008 and 2014) will be the play of freshman Ena Shibahara, ranked fourth in the nation in singles at press time and, along with fellow freshman Jada Hart, ninth in doubles. Shibahara had a terrific fall season, culminating in a national championship at the 2016 Oracle ITA Masters. She also had a great showing at the 2016 Riviera/ ITA All-American Women’s Championships, where she lost in the finals.
APR. 8 / SAT / 1:30 P.M. Location: Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.
Men’s Tennis: UCLA vs. USC
UCLA’s men’s tennis team went 24-2 in matches last season, including a perfect 11-0 mark at home. Along the way, they won the Pac-12 title and advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, where the then-ranked No. 2 Bruins fell to No. 10 Oklahoma in Tulsa. The 2017 team is off to another hot start, at press time ranked sixth in the nation. With a goal of winning a national title, Head Coach Billy Martin looks to his singles line-up to lead the way, telling the Daily Bruin, “I think we have good depth in our singles. We don’t have a real weakness in any of our spots in the singles line-up.” Key returnees for UCLA include seniors Gage Brymer (who was 20-8 in 2016 and has already notched a conference Player of the Week honor) and Joseph Di Giulio (26-12 last year in singles, 24-12 in doubles). Junior Martin Redlicki, an All-American doubles player last season, is also back.
APR. 21 / FRI / 3 P.M. Location: Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.
UCLA Spring Football Showcase
The annual UCLA Spring Football Showcase offers fans one last chance to check out the team before practice begins in August. Set up more like an elaborate practice session than a competitive game, the showcase offers an enjoyable and optimistic preview of the season to come. This year’s edition offers an opportunity for fans to get a preview of what new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has planned; it’s also a chance to check out junior quarterback Josh Rosen, who missed much of 2016 with a shoulder injury. The event will also be the first time fans will get a glimpse of the two jewels of the 2017 recruiting class: Jaelan Phillips, the nation’s No. 1 prep defensive end, and Darnay Holmes, the No. 1 cornerback.
Date, location, time: TBA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.