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After helping coach Michael Sealy and the UCLA women’s volleyball team make two consecutive playoff runs, assistant coach Kaitlin Nielsen was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Women’s volleyball Thirty under 30 list. (Korbin Placet/Daily Bruin senior staff)

By Claire Fahy, Korbin Placet, Matt Cummings, and Tanner Walters

April 12, 2016 12:05 a.m.

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Thirty under 30

Women’s volleyball assistant coach Kaitlin Nielsen was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Friday when she was named to the association’s Thirty under 30 list. The award recognizes up-and-coming coaches across all leagues and divisions.

Nielsen was chosen following her involvement in the Bruins’ back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in 2014 and 2015. A recruiting coordinator in addition to her duties as assistant coach, Nielsen saw six of her players named to All-Pac-12 teams after a 25-8 finish to the 2015 season.

Nielsen returned to Westwood as a volunteer assistant in 2013 after playing for the Bruins from 2005 to 2009 – a career during which she became 11th on UCLA’s all-time kills list. Following her graduation, Nielsen appeared on the beach volleyball pro circuit, most recently placing fourth at the FIVB Anapa Open in July 2015.

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The UCLA baseball team will wear 1940’s style jerseys twice this week to celebrate Jackie Robinson day: once against LMU on Tuesday and again for a road game against Washington on Friday. (courtesy of UCLA Athletics)

Honoring Jackie Robinson

UCLA baseball will honor its most famous alumnus Tuesday, donning special edition uniforms commemorating the career of Jackie Robinson.

April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day for Major League Baseball, and for the occasion the Bruins will sport the new kit in their road game at Washington on Friday. Additionally, UCLA will celebrate Robinson on Tuesday against Loyola Marymount.

The uniforms are reminiscent of the Bruins’ style from the 1940s, the era when Robinson graced the UCLA roster. Robinson was a four-sport athlete for UCLA in football, basketball, baseball and track before leaving to play professional baseball, eventually reaching the National League, where he broke the color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

A Ken Burns documentary on Robinson airs on PBS this week, as Part 1 premiered Monday and Part 2 on Tuesday.

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Claire Fahy | Alumna
Fahy joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2013 and contributed until she graduated in 2017. She was the Sports editor for the 2015-2016 academic year and an assistant Sports editor for the 2014-2015 academic year. Fahy spent time on the football, men's basketball, men's water polo, men's volleyball and swim and dive beats.
Fahy joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2013 and contributed until she graduated in 2017. She was the Sports editor for the 2015-2016 academic year and an assistant Sports editor for the 2014-2015 academic year. Fahy spent time on the football, men's basketball, men's water polo, men's volleyball and swim and dive beats.
Korbin Placet | Alumnus
Placet joined the Bruin as a junior in 2014 and contributed until after he graduated in 2016. He was an assistant Sports editor for the 2015-2016 academic year and spent time on the men's basketball, women's basketball, softball, women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's tennis beats.
Placet joined the Bruin as a junior in 2014 and contributed until after he graduated in 2016. He was an assistant Sports editor for the 2015-2016 academic year and spent time on the men's basketball, women's basketball, softball, women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's tennis beats.
Matt Cummings | Alumnus
Cummings joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2014 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was an assistant Sports editor for the 2015-2016 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, baseball, cross country, women's volleyball and men's tennis beats.
Cummings joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2014 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was an assistant Sports editor for the 2015-2016 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, baseball, cross country, women's volleyball and men's tennis beats.
Tanner Walters | Alumnus
Walters joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2014 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was the Alumni director for the 2017-2018 academic year, Editor in Chief for the 2016-2017 academic year and an assistant Sports editor for the 2015-2016 academic year. Walter spent time on the football, men's basketball, men's volleyball, men's soccer, men's water polo and rowing beats.
Walters joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2014 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was the Alumni director for the 2017-2018 academic year, Editor in Chief for the 2016-2017 academic year and an assistant Sports editor for the 2015-2016 academic year. Walter spent time on the football, men's basketball, men's volleyball, men's soccer, men's water polo and rowing beats.
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