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The Rundown: Aug. 27

(Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)

By Gabriel McCarthy, Joy Hong, and Sam Connon

August 27, 2018 12:21 am

Women’s soccer
Gabriel McCarthy, assistant Sports editor

The Bruins will lose two key players next week to national team duty.

Senior forward Hailie Mace and junior midfielder Jessie Fleming will be competing in international friendlies for the United States Women’s National Team and the Canada Women’s National team, respectively.

The U.S. will be facing Chile twice, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 4 while Canada will be playing Brazil on Sept. 2. These international friendlies will be the last matches before the two sides participate in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October, where a trip to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France is on the line.

This week marks Mace’s third call-up to the roster. The All-American received her first cap against Mexico in April after recording 33 points and leading the Bruins in goals with 15.

Mace was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list ahead of the 2018 season alongside Fleming and claimed Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after scoring in the final seconds in the opening match against Long Beach State.

Fleming is a two-year captain of the UCLA squad and has 53 caps and 41 starts with Canada. She claimed bronze as a starter at the 2016 Summer Olympics and also played for Canada at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Last season Fleming was a finalist for the Honda Award and the MAC Hermann Trophy last season after she finished fourth among Bruins in points with six goals and eight assists.

Former Bruins Sam Mewis, McCall Zerboni, Mal Pugh and Abby Dahlkemper were also named to the 23-player U.S. training camp roster ahead of the matches.

Women’s basketball
Joy Hong, assistant Sports editor

UCLA women’s basketball announced its 12-game nonconference schedule for the upcoming season.

The only two familiar teams that UCLA will face again this year are Seton Hall and Oklahoma State, hosting them on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, respectively. The Bruins faced both teams on the road last season and defeated the Pirates 77-68, but fell to Oklahoma State 87-72.

Westmont will visit UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 3 for an exhibition game, before the Bruins officially kick off the season on the road against Loyola Marymount three days later on Nov. 6.

Before beginning Pac-12 play, the Bruins will also host Rice, Georgia, Indiana, Fresno State and Cal Poly.

The nonconference schedule is highlighted by a trip during the Thanksgiving break to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2018 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, where UCLA will face North Carolina, Kentucky and South Florida.

UCLA’s final road trip will be a visit to Chicago where they will take on University of Illinois at Chicago on Dec. 19. The Flames were 8-22 last season, winning just one of their 18 conference games in the Horizon League.

The Pac-12 schedule is still in the process of being finalized.

Men’s golf
Sam Connon, assistant Sports editor

UCLA men’s golf sophomore Devon Bling nearly won the U.S. Amateurs last week, but he fell to Oklahoma State’s Viktor Hovland and finished in second place.

Bling steamrolled his way to the finals, despite finishing stroke play as the No. 41 seed. He defeated top amateurs Shintaro Ban and Noah Goodwin in the round of 32 and round of 16, respectively.

In the final, however, Bling failed to hold any leads during the match. He pulled even with Hovland after the second hole, but he trailed from the fourth until the 31st hole and lost by six strokes. Hovland is the No. 5 amateur in the world, while Bling is No. 302.

As a 17-year-old freshman at UCLA, Bling tallied four top-10 finishes and one tournament win. By making the U.S. Amateur final, the Ridgecrest, California native qualified for the 2019 Masters Tournament – the first major of the 2019 season.

In last year’s Red Tee Challenge at TPC Valencia, in which UCLA played a round teeing off from the red women’s tees, Bling shot a 28 on the back nine.

The US Amateurs, which was hosted at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Pebble Beach Golf Links, ran from Aug. 13 to Aug. 19. Previous winners include Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, who won three years in a row from 1994-1996.

Bling followed in the footsteps of former Bruin Patrick Cantlay, who was also runner-up in 2011.

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Gabriel McCarthy | Sports senior staff
McCarthy is currently a Sports senior staff writer. He was an assistant Sports editor in 2018-2019 for the men's tennis, women's soccer, track and field and men's volleyball beats. McCarthy was previously a reporter on the men's volleyball and men's water polo beats. He is a third-year English and history student from Atlanta, Georgia. McCarthy is an avid Tottenham Hotspur and Conor McGregor fan.
McCarthy is currently a Sports senior staff writer. He was an assistant Sports editor in 2018-2019 for the men's tennis, women's soccer, track and field and men's volleyball beats. McCarthy was previously a reporter on the men's volleyball and men's water polo beats. He is a third-year English and history student from Atlanta, Georgia. McCarthy is an avid Tottenham Hotspur and Conor McGregor fan.
Joy Hong | Managing editor
Hong is the 2019-2020 Managing editor. She was previously an assistant Sports editor for the women's basketball, men's water polo, women's water polo, women's tennis, and beach volleyball beats.
Hong is the 2019-2020 Managing editor. She was previously an assistant Sports editor for the women's basketball, men's water polo, women's water polo, women's tennis, and beach volleyball beats.
Sam Connon | Sports senior staff
Connon is currently a Sports senior staff writer for the football and men's basketball beats. He was the Sports editor for the 2019-2020 academic year, an assistant Sports editor on the baseball, men's soccer, cross country, men's golf and women's golf beats from 2018-2019 and a reporter on the baseball and women's basketball beats from 2017-2018. Connon also contributes movie reviews for Arts & Entertainment and co-hosts Daily Bruin Sports' weekly podcast, "Out of Bounds." Connon is a rising fourth-year Communication student from Winchester, Massachusetts.
Connon is currently a Sports senior staff writer for the football and men's basketball beats. He was the Sports editor for the 2019-2020 academic year, an assistant Sports editor on the baseball, men's soccer, cross country, men's golf and women's golf beats from 2018-2019 and a reporter on the baseball and women's basketball beats from 2017-2018. Connon also contributes movie reviews for Arts & Entertainment and co-hosts Daily Bruin Sports' weekly podcast, "Out of Bounds." Connon is a rising fourth-year Communication student from Winchester, Massachusetts.
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