Friday, April 19

Freshman Zana Muno (foreground) and Kamila Tan (background) partnered for the first time against No. 7 Arizona after injuries and illness forced No. 3 UCLA to alter its lineups. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Beach volleyball overcomes setbacks, beats Wildcats in conference play

Kamila Tan lunged forward, ready to dig the ball her Arizona opponent sent toward the end line. But the senior retracted her arms at the last second after hearing repeated cries of “It’s out” from her partner, freshman Zana Muno. Read more...

Photo: Freshman Zana Muno (foreground) and Kamila Tan (background) partnered for the first time against No. 7 Arizona after injuries and illness forced No. 3 UCLA to alter its lineups. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman Zana Muno (foreground) and Kamila Tan (background) partnered for the first time against No. 7 Arizona after injuries and illness forced No. 3 UCLA to alter its lineups. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)


After splitting two sets that lasted 108 points, senior Julie Consani (pictured) and junior Laurel Weaver clinched a crucial 15-9 third set to give No. 6 UCLA the upset over No. 3 Hawai'i. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Beach volleyball’s opening weekend successes put team on the rise

Stein Metzger often uses the words “a team on the rise” to describe UCLA beach volleyball. Over the weekend, the Bruins managed to echo the sentiments of their coach with their actions, reinforcing their identity against the top teams in the nation. Read more...

Photo: After splitting two sets that lasted 108 points, senior Julie Consani (pictured) and junior Laurel Weaver clinched a crucial 15-9 third set to give No. 6 UCLA the upset over No. 3 Hawai'i. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

After splitting two sets that lasted 108 points, senior Julie Consani (pictured) and junior Laurel Weaver clinched a crucial 15-9 third set to give No. 6 UCLA the upset over No. 3 Hawai'i. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore Elise Zappia said it has been helpful that coach Stein Metzger gave up his role as an assistant coach on the women's volleyball team because he can now coach the beach players all year. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Beach volleyball opens season against the nation’s top four teams

For the first time since 2012, Stein Metzger doesn’t have the same commitments that took him away from Westwood in the fall. Over summer, the UCLA beach volleyball coach relinquished his assistant coach position with the women’s volleyball team, and with it went the days spent traveling to arenas of other Pac-12 teams and recruiting trips. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore Elise Zappia said it has been helpful that coach Stein Metzger gave up his role as an assistant coach on the women's volleyball team because he can now coach the beach players all year. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Sophomore Elise Zappia said it has been helpful that coach Stein Metzger gave up his role as an assistant coach on the women's volleyball team because he can now coach the beach players all year. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Stein Metzger, a UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, used to split time coaching UCLA women’s volleyball and the fledgling sand volleyball program. Now that sand volleyball has officially gained Pac-12 Division I recognition, Metzger will move to coaching the team full time. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Pac-12 adds sand volleyball, UCLA coach transitions to focused role

A wave of change will hit the NCAA’s newest collegiate sport in 2016. With it will come new formats for teams looking to claim the conference and national title. Read more...

Photo: Stein Metzger, a UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, used to split time coaching UCLA women’s volleyball and the fledgling sand volleyball program. Now that sand volleyball has officially gained Pac-12 Division I recognition, Metzger will move to coaching the team full time. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Stein Metzger, a UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, used to split time coaching UCLA women’s volleyball and the fledgling sand volleyball program. Now that sand volleyball has officially gained Pac-12 Division I recognition, Metzger will move to coaching the team full time. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

In her last season with the UCLA women's indoor volleyball team, senior Julie Consani notched 11.5 assists per game, good for No. 12 in the nation and 8th-highest all-time for the Bruins. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

From court to sand, senior set to further volleyball dream in last year

An 11-year-old Julie Consani looked a little out of place on the volleyball court. Still a few years too early for her eventual growth spurt, the undersized young athlete’s footwear of choice was a combination of pink low-top Converse sneakers and white Adidas soccer socks with black stripes. Read more...

Photo: In her last season with the UCLA women's indoor volleyball team, senior Julie Consani notched 11.5 assists per game, good for No. 12 in the nation and 8th-highest all-time for the Bruins. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

In her last season with the UCLA women's indoor volleyball team, senior Julie Consani notched 11.5 assists per game, good for No. 12 in the nation and 8th-highest all-time for the Bruins. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)



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