Monday, May 25

Men’s water polo sets sights on championship title in the fall

Although UCLA men's water polo has been a powerhouse for years, they haven't been able to bring home the ultimate prize "“ a national championship "“ since 2004. While the team consistently reached the top of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings throughout the 2011 season, it fell 7-4 in the championship match against rival USC. This year, the Bruins lose only three players from last season "“ attacker and team captain Cullen Hennessy, center Brett Hays and goalkeeper Andrew Mesesan. While they lose their leader in Hennessy, several rising seniors have the ability to be the emotional and athletic torchbearer for the Bruins. The losses should not put a damper on UCLA's chances "“ some of the most vital pieces of the squad will be back this season. Rising redshirt senior Matt Rapacz, who was the MVP of last year's MPSF tournament and started 25 of the team's 29 games last season, will be back between the posts this season. While Rapacz was strong all season long, the team lacked in defense from the field, making his job difficult. Also returning is rising senior utility Josh Samuels, who was a star for the Bruins last season, leading the team with 49 goals. Samuels was a finalist for the Peter J. Read more...

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Rising senior utility Josh Samuels, one of the star players on the men’s water polo team, hopes to claim a national title in the coming season.



USA water polo beats Hungary

After defeating the Hungarian National Team for the first time in nearly twelve years on Sunday, the United States Men's National Water Polo Team once again stunned the three-time defending gold medalists at Spieker Aquatics Center on Thursday night. Read more...



UCLA men’s volleyball hits the road against Pepperdine

They won't hear any more rowdy men's water polo players distracting the opposing team. Nor will they experience the comfort of changing in their own locker room. When the UCLA men's volleyball players steps on the court tonight, they will be in unfamiliar territory. Read more...

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Redshirt senior outside hitter Jeremy Casebeer and the No. 3 men’s volleyball team head to Malibu today to play Pepperdine.


Defensive woes hurt men’s water polo team against USC in NCAA Championship

It is a tradition that the winners of the NCAA water polo title jump in the pool immediately as the final buzzer sounds. Not just players, but head coach, assistants "“ everyone. This weekend, UCLA walked away from the title game all too dry. Read more...

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Redshirt senior attacker Cullen Hennessy ended his UCLA career with a loss as the Bruins fell to USC 7-4 in the NCAA Championship in Berkeley on Sunday.




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