Thursday, April 9

Polynesian football players create community on team, bond over shared backgrounds

A handful of Bruins have a cultural connection to one another. “Talking to each other, sharing Polynesian experiences and culture, (Tongan sophomore defensive lineman Atonio Mafi) and the rest of the team has really shared that,” said freshman offensive lineman Duke Clemens. Read more...

Photo: Tongan sophomore defensive lineman Atonio Mafi is part of UCLA football’s group of Polynesian athletes. Mafi went to Tonga for his sophomore year of high school and speaks the island’s official language of Tongan. (Photo illustration by Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)


Assistant men’s tennis coach’s background serves as baseline for career

It’s been over a decade since Rikus De Villiers made the journey to Pepperdine for his first season of collegiate tennis. But the now-UCLA men’s tennis assistant coach’s eventual trip from Malibu to Westwood wasn’t the longest leg of his journey. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s tennis assistant coach Rikus De Villiers grew up playing junior tennis in his native country of South Africa before making the journey to the U.S. to play collegiate tennis. As he climbed the junior ranks of his home nation, De Villiers was often expected to financially support his budding career on his own – one of many obstacles he faced as he strived to break into the professional level of the sport. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


Hurdler Shae Anderson’s transfer to UCLA carries on a family legacy

UCLA and Drake Stadium – the track on which Shae Anderson’s father competed nearly 40 years ago – weren’t even a blip on the sophomore’s radar. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore hurdler Shae Anderson transferred from Oregon to UCLA in December 2018. She is slated to compete in the 100-, 200-, 300- and 400-meter hurdles in the 2019-2020 season for the Bruins. (Kanishka Mehra/Assistant Photo editor)


After playing soccer in England and Louisiana, Lucy Parker gives UCLA a shot

Only 13 minutes and 43 seconds into her first game as a Bruin, junior transfer Lucy Parker made her way upfield. The center back waited for the corner kick to come her way, leaped into the air, then headed the ball into the back of the net, notching UCLA women’s soccer’s first goal of 2019. Read more...

Photo: Junior center back Lucy Parker was named an All-American with the Tigers in 2018 after starting all 24 games, helping LSU to 10 shutouts and notching three goals – two of which were game-winners over then-No. 8 South Carolina and Boston University – to send the Tigers to the NCAA second round. (Niveda Tenney/Assistant Photo editor, Jessica Lam/Daily Bruin staff)



Current, former Bruins head to US Open while coaches look to recruit

NEW YORK – The crack of a tennis ball leaving the strings of a racket echoed throughout the empty, 23,771-seat stadium. UCLA men’s tennis assistant coach Rikus De Villiers and senior Ben Goldberg warmed up at Arthur Ashe Stadium before day six of the US Open – the only tennis Grand Slam tournament held in the United States. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s tennis junior Keegan Smith and his partner recently graduated Maxime Cressy competed in the men’s doubles main draw at the US Open. The pair fell in the first round to the duo of Ricardas Berankis and Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)


Growth of Esports industry animates UCLA gaming community

This post was updated Aug. 26 at 2:57 p.m. Esports is growing rapidly in participation, popularity and pay. With 60 collegiate varsity programs and an expected global revenue over $1 billion dollars at the professional level, Esports is quickly becoming one of the biggest competitive sports in the world. Read more...

Photo: Esports is a growing community and business in addition to being a competitive sport. Twitch streamers, Twitch viewers and jobs in the Esports industry have each increased in recent years, and Bruin Gaming – UCLA’s recreational gaming club – fielded over 500 members in its first year. (Creative Commons photo by Trade Group via Flickr)



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