Members of UCLA men’s water polo embrace each other after the final buzzer blared at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond stands with team staff in the background after the Bruins’ 13-11 defeat. (Nicolas Greamo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
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UCLA defeated California three times in 2023.
Once in September and twice in October, the Bruins enacted revenge on the team that previously served them seven straight losses entering the year.
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After introducing an entirely new cohort at the program’s helm and phasing in eight fresh faces to its roster, UCLA women’s volleyball was poised for a shot at the 2023 NCAA tournament.
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Before the season began, coach Cori Close shared her sentiments on the proverbial “sophomore slump.”
“Sometimes, that sophomore slump is real because they don’t have the urgency,” Close said.
Coach Adam Wright is entering Sunday with a chance to claim his fifth national championship since taking over the program in 2009.
But on Saturday, after UCLA men’s water polo earned an NCAA championship berth, the 15-year coach shared that since midseason, he’s been grieving the death of his father – unsure of what the next day brings.
The fate of an entire season rested within the bounds of six minutes.
Senior attacker Makoto Kenney pump-faked a shot from the center of the pool but instead passed to MPSF Player of the Year, Rafael Real Vergara.
The second-best team in the nation spent the day before its biggest game of the season embracing tradition with something its players have done regardless of ranking or the wins under their belt.
Cori Close was already planning how the Bruins would celebrate ahead of their top-six game against the Huskies.
“We had said in advance, ‘When we win there will be no dancing around,’” said the UCLA women’s basketball’s coach.
UCLA football has lost another key piece – this time to its crosstown rival.
USC is planning to hire UCLA defensive coordinator D’Anton Lynn, ESPN college football senior writer Pete Thamel reported Friday evening.
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