UCLA links: Alumna Lauren Fendrick heading to Rio Olympics

Lauren Fendrick will be making her first appearance in an Olympic Games. (Photo courtesy USA Volleyball)

Lauren Fendrick will be making her first appearance in an Olympic Games. (Photo courtesy USA Volleyball)

UCLA volleyball alumna Lauren Fendrick will make her Olympic debut this summer as the former Bruin indoor volleyball player qualified with Brooke Sweat for the beach volleyball competition with Team USA.

“Competing with USA on my back is always an honor, but to do it at the Olympics on the biggest stage and in a city with such a rich beach volleyball tradition is truly a dream come true,” Fendrick told USA Volleyball. “I feel honored and privileged to get to compete for my country.”

The duo is one of two U.S. women’s teams heading to Rio: Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross going as the top U.S. team.

Fendrick played in 127 matches for the UCLA women’s indoor volleyball team from 1999 to 2002 and is 18th in program history in kills (1,356) and ninth in total attacks (3,710). She led the Bruins in kills her last two seasons and was a three-time All-Pac-12 honorable mention. She made the jump to the beach immediately after her collegiate career.


Other links:

  • UCLA coaches were on out at the Empire Showcase satellite camp this past weekend in Railto.

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UCLA football recruiting: Five-star DT Marvin Wilson has UCLA in top 10

A few big recruits in the class of 2017 released their top college choices Saturday and UCLA was a popular school among them.

The big fish of the group is five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (Episcopal, Bellaire, Texas). The 6-foot-4, 329-pound rising senior is the top recruit in the state of Texas, the top defensive tackle in the nation, and third overall recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports. Rivals has him as the No. 1 recruit in the nation.


Four-star athlete CJ Holmes (Cheshire Academy, Hamden, Conn.)


Three-star receiver Emmanuel Greene (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.)


Three-star tight end/defensive end Moses Robinson-Carr (Antelope Valley HS, Lancaster)

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Four Bruins selected in Day 3 of MLB Draft

Four more UCLA players went off the MLB Draft board on Saturday: infielder Luke Persico (352nd pick, 12 round, Oakland Athletics), outfielders Eric Filia (587th pick, 20th round, Seattle Mariners), Kort Peterson (703rd pick, 23rd round, Kansas City Royals) and Christoph Bono (1,115th pock, 37th round, San Francisco Giants).

Combined with pitcher Grant Dyer, who went in the eighth round on Friday, UCLA had five players selected in the 2016 MLB Draft along with four commits from the incoming freshman class. Three commits went on the first day, and Michael Toglia was selected on Saturday as the 1,040th pick in the 35th round by the Colorado Rockies.

Persico and Peterson are both juniors, while Filia and Bono just finished their UCLA baseball careers.  Continue reading

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Year in review: ‘Bruin Magic’ carries softball to Women’s College World Series

Note: As the school year winds down, we’ll spend time looking back on some of the most memorable moments of the 2015-16 season for UCLA athletics.

May 29, 2016: Softball stuns Oregon to advance to Women’s College World Series

UCLA players and team members gather around home plate as the team celebrates the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings against Oregon in the first game of the day in the NCAA softball tournament super regional Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Eugene, Ore. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard via AP)

UCLA players and team members gather around home plate as the team celebrates the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings against Oregon in the first game of the day in the NCAA softball tournament super regional Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Eugene, Ore. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard via AP)

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UCLA pitcher Grant Dyer selected in eighth round of MLB Draft

Grant Dyer was the first UCLA player drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft, going 227th overall to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. The junior went 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 13 starts this past year.

Dyer was the third player with UCLA ties drafted by the Phillies in the first two days of the draft. The Phillies selected two UCLA commits on Thursday: Mickey Moniak (first pick, first round) and Kevin Gowdy (42nd pick, second round).

Blake Rutherford, another UCLA commit, was drafted by the Yankees on Thursday with the 18th pick in the first round.

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