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UCLA beach volleyball has won two consecutive national titles. This year the Bruins didn't drop a match in the NCAA championship, but last year UCLA dropped into the elimination bracket and benefited from flaws in the double elimination format. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Jacq’ed Up: NCAA beach volleyball’s double elimination bracket has a flaw in the system

UCLA beach volleyball defended its 2018 national title with another victory in May. This year’s undefeated tournament run proved the Bruins’ dominance – but last year, UCLA got lucky. Read more...

Photo: UCLA beach volleyball has won two consecutive national titles. This year the Bruins didn't drop a match in the NCAA championship, but last year UCLA dropped into the elimination bracket and benefited from flaws in the double elimination format. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

UCLA beach volleyball has won two consecutive national titles. This year the Bruins didn't drop a match in the NCAA championship, but last year UCLA dropped into the elimination bracket and benefited from flaws in the double elimination format. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Senior Nicole McNamara is one of five UCLA beach volleyball players who will graduate this year. All five seniors will continue their beach volleyball careers, and three started last weekend with international tournaments. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Three senior Bruins compete internationally in beach volleyball Olympics bid

Seniors Nicole McNamara, Megan McNamara and Sarah Sponcil have won back-to-back national championships with UCLA beach volleyball, but now the three are focusing on international competition. Read more...

Photo: Senior Nicole McNamara is one of five UCLA beach volleyball players who will graduate this year. All five seniors will continue their beach volleyball careers, and three started last weekend with international tournaments. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Senior Nicole McNamara is one of five UCLA beach volleyball players who will graduate this year. All five seniors will continue their beach volleyball careers, and three started last weekend with international tournaments. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

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The Rundown: May 8

Beach volleyballJack Perez, Daily Bruin staff The Bruins defended their national title and picked up a few awards. UCLA beach volleyball ended their season with two duos being named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for their play at the NCAA championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Read more...

Photo: (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

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Junior Savvy Simo will be only one of four players returning from UCLA beach volleyball’s championship lineup from the 2018 season when the Bruins won their first national title. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Savvy Simo talks intersection of athletic success and mental well-being

Thirteen UCLA student-athletes spoke out about mental health over a month ago. Savvy Simo wasn’t one of them. But the junior indoor and beach volleyball player said she knew UCLA Athletics was releasing a video March 14 that allowed student-athletes to tell their stories. Read more...

Photo: Junior Savvy Simo will be only one of four players returning from UCLA beach volleyball’s championship lineup from the 2018 season when the Bruins won their first national title. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Junior Savvy Simo will be only one of four players returning from UCLA beach volleyball’s championship lineup from the 2018 season when the Bruins won their first national title. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

UCLA beach volleyball will graduate its winningest class of seniors to ever go through the program after leading the Bruins to back-to-back national titles. (Jacqueline Dzwonczyk/Daily Bruin)

Bruins bid farewell to tremendous group of seniors, prepare returning players to lead

GULF SHORES, Ala. — After being the top-ranked team for the entire regular season, the Bruins entered the NCAA championship as the No. 2 seed. But it didn’t matter. Read more...

Photo: UCLA beach volleyball will graduate its winningest class of seniors to ever go through the program after leading the Bruins to back-to-back national titles. (Jacqueline Dzwonczyk/Daily Bruin)

UCLA beach volleyball will graduate its winningest class of seniors to ever go through the program after leading the Bruins to back-to-back national titles. (Jacqueline Dzwonczyk/Daily Bruin)

No. 2 seed UCLA beach volleyball celebrates after sweeping crosstown rival USC to win back-to-back NCAA championships. The Bruins bounced back after falling to the Trojans in the Pac-12 championship last week. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Beach volleyball claims second straight NCAA title, UCLA’s 117th

This post was updated May 5 at 2:23 p.m. GULF SHORES, Ala. — Abby Van Winkle crouched down and slammed the sand after the ball hit the ground. Read more...

Photo: No. 2 seed UCLA beach volleyball celebrates after sweeping crosstown rival USC to win back-to-back NCAA championships. The Bruins bounced back after falling to the Trojans in the Pac-12 championship last week. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

No. 2 seed UCLA beach volleyball celebrates after sweeping crosstown rival USC to win back-to-back NCAA championships. The Bruins bounced back after falling to the Trojans in the Pac-12 championship last week. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)


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