A bitter ending to the common season didn’t knock UCLA off the highest line of the NCAA event bracket.
The Bruins earned one in every of 4 No. 1 seeds within the 64-team postseason subject introduced Monday regardless of dropping their regular-season finale to USC final Friday. UCLA (17-2-0) will host Northern Arizona within the first spherical at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Coming off their first win over UCLA since 2015, the fourth-seeded Trojans (12-2-3) will host UC Irvine within the first spherical on Saturday at 1 p.m. USC, which went 4-0 towards ranked groups this 12 months, defeated the Anteaters at McAllister Subject 3-2 on Sept. 15.
Irvine (10-5-6) clinched its second consecutive Huge West title on Sunday with a win over Cal State Lengthy Seashore. The Anteaters gained the convention because the No. 6 seed, the lowest-seeded staff to earn the Huge West’s computerized postseason bid.
UCLA and USC each return to the NCAA event below first-year coaches. UCLA’s Margueritte Aozasa led the Bruins to their finest begin at school historical past by successful 13 consecutive video games to start the 12 months and spent 9 weeks because the nation’s No. 1 staff. Jane Alukonis, a former UCLA assistant, spoiled her former staff’s bid on the convention title with the rivalry win that nabbed two Pac-12 weekly awards for the Trojans. Kaylin Martin was named convention defender of the week and Anna Smith earned goalkeeper of the week honors after USC stored UCLA, which leads the convention in scoring, scoreless for simply the second time this season.