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Sophomore Savvy Simo clinched UCLA’s win over Florida International in the first round of the NCAA championship on court three with partner junior Zana Muno. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Beach volleyball kicks off NCAAs with win against Florida International

Sophomore Savvy Simo slammed a cross-court kill to clinch the Bruins’ first dual of the NCAA championship. No. 1-seeded UCLA beach volleyball (36-3) dominated No. 8-seeded Florida International (23-11) 3-0 to advance to the second round in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore Savvy Simo clinched UCLA’s win over Florida International in the first round of the NCAA championship on court three with partner junior Zana Muno. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Sophomore Savvy Simo clinched UCLA’s win over Florida International in the first round of the NCAA championship on court three with partner junior Zana Muno. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

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The Rundown – May 4

Men’s volleyball Gabriel McCarthy, Daily Bruin reporter The American Volleyball Coaches Association awarded five UCLA men’s volleyball (26-7, 10-3 MPSF) squad members All-American honors. Sophomore middle blocker Daenan Gyimah and junior setter Micah Ma’a were awarded first-team honors. Read more...

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(Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Sophomore Savvy Simo clinched the Pac-12 title for UCLA over USC last weekend with sophomore Madi Yeomans. The Bruins will aim for another title at the NCAA tournament beginning Friday. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Beach volleyball prepares to blow other teams away in NCAA tournament

The Bruins struggled with the wind in last year’s NCAA tournament, but coach Stein Metzger said the team is more prepared than ever. “We’ve spent a lot of time talking about (the wind) to the point where, when it was windy, we would focus more on the wind than the opponent,” Metzger said. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore Savvy Simo clinched the Pac-12 title for UCLA over USC last weekend with sophomore Madi Yeomans. The Bruins will aim for another title at the NCAA tournament beginning Friday. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Sophomore Savvy Simo clinched the Pac-12 title for UCLA over USC last weekend with sophomore Madi Yeomans. The Bruins will aim for another title at the NCAA tournament beginning Friday. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Junior Megan McNamara has won 24 of her last 26 matches on court one with junior Nicole McNamara. The pair said much of their success has come from the guidance of first-year volunteer assistant coach Jeff Alzina. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Top-seeded beach volleyball prepares for NCAA championship

Extra workouts aren’t how teams usually celebrate a conference title, but that’s what the Bruins did. Members of the team held plank poses with their elbows on the sand and their Pac-12 trophies laid flat on their backs – the school’s 116th national title on their minds. Read more...

Photo: Junior Megan McNamara has won 24 of her last 26 matches on court one with junior Nicole McNamara. The pair said much of their success has come from the guidance of first-year volunteer assistant coach Jeff Alzina. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Junior Megan McNamara has won 24 of her last 26 matches on court one with junior Nicole McNamara. The pair said much of their success has come from the guidance of first-year volunteer assistant coach Jeff Alzina. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Junior Nicole McNamara has led the Bruins to earn the top seed in the NCAA tournament, alongside junior Megan McNamara on court one. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

Around the League: Beach volleyball qualifies for NCAA tournament, baseball ties for Pac-12 top

Beach volleyball Angie Forburger, assistant Sports editor Of the nine Pac-12 beach volleyball programs, two qualified for the NCAA tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama this weekend. Read more...

Photo: Junior Nicole McNamara has led the Bruins to earn the top seed in the NCAA tournament, alongside junior Megan McNamara on court one. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

Junior Nicole McNamara has led the Bruins to earn the top seed in the NCAA tournament, alongside junior Megan McNamara on court one. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

Senior Elise Zappia won her 100th career match as she and freshman Mac May gave UCLA a 1-0 lead over USC. The No. 1-seeded Bruins continued to defeat the No. 2-seeded Trojans and claim the Pac-12 title. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Beach volleyball crowned Pac-12 champion, looks ahead to NCAAs

One title down, one more to go. “We’re very excited that we won this Pac-12 title,” said senior Elise Zappia. “But we’re not here to win a Pac-12 title, we’re here for a national championship.” No. Read more...

Photo: Senior Elise Zappia won her 100th career match as she and freshman Mac May gave UCLA a 1-0 lead over USC. The No. 1-seeded Bruins continued to defeat the No. 2-seeded Trojans and claim the Pac-12 title. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior Elise Zappia won her 100th career match as she and freshman Mac May gave UCLA a 1-0 lead over USC. The No. 1-seeded Bruins continued to defeat the No. 2-seeded Trojans and claim the Pac-12 title. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore Savvy Simo secured a straight-set victory with sophomore Madi Yeomans to help the No. 1-seeded Bruins defeat No. 2-seeded USC and advance to the final of the Pac-12 championship. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Beach volleyball advances to Pac-12 final, extends win streak to 29

After their straight-set victory, Savvy Simo and Madi Yeomans sprinted to watch courts one and two. Because that’s what it came down to. No. 1-seeded UCLA beach volleyball (34-3) took a 2-1 lead over No. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore Savvy Simo secured a straight-set victory with sophomore Madi Yeomans to help the No. 1-seeded Bruins defeat No. 2-seeded USC and advance to the final of the Pac-12 championship. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Sophomore Savvy Simo secured a straight-set victory with sophomore Madi Yeomans to help the No. 1-seeded Bruins defeat No. 2-seeded USC and advance to the final of the Pac-12 championship. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)


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