A seven-player punch is how UCLA junior Tiffany Lua described her team's roster in the midst of the Bruins winning the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview last weekend. It's hard not to agree with the All-American in her assessment of the depth on the roster of the defending NCAA champions.
Lua, Stephanie Kono,Lee Lopez and Ani Gulugian are all back from the team that won the national title last May. Brianna Do, the odd woman out a year ago, is the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion. Incoming freshman__Erynne Lee__ has reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur three times before even playing her first college event and fellow frosh Kyle Roig is an AJGA All-American. Deciding who take on the road and who must remain back on campus is going to be a difficult but envious challenge for Bruins coach Carrie Forsyth and assistant Alicia Um-Holmes.
In this week's podcast, I talk to Lua about the opening victory in Tennessee and the approach that the UCLA squad is taking in 2011-12 as it tries to defend its NCAA title.