Based on the women’s volleyball team winning the national championship and the women’s soccer team making the NCAA playoffs, UCLA’s women’s athletic program is currently in first place for the annual Capital One Cup, given to the best collegiate men’s and women’s programs.
Points are given out based on won-loss record, conference championships and how far a school’s teams go in the post season.
With the end of the fall sports seasons, the Bruin ladies currently have 72 points, nine ahead of second-place Stanford with promising possibilities looming in tennis, water polo, golf, softball and especially gymnastics, where the Bruins are currently ranked #1 and are among the favorites, if not the favorite, to win the national championship.
On the men’s side, UCLA is currently tied for fourth with 42 points, sharing that spot with Oklahoma State. The men’s water polo team, who lost in the NCAA finals, and the soccer team, which reached the College Cup (soccer’s Final Four), provided the Bruins’ point total.
Among the Bruin men’s winter and spring sports, volleyball has a real motivation to win a title in Al Scates’ final year as coach, tennis and golf look like possibilities to go far, and baseball is quite promising, especially if they effectively replace the two pitchers who were taken first and third overall in Major League Baseball’s draft last June: Garret Cole and Trevor Bauer, respectively.
Hopefully UCLA’s various Bruin teams – in both genders - can excel and go as far as they can, if not win an NCAA title, and either the women’s or the men’s Capital One Cup – or both - can end up in Westwood, showing once again that UCLA has the country’s top athletic program.