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UCLA, UC Irvine bring home NCAA championships

May 12, 2009 |  3:20 pm

UCLA celebrates their national championship in women's water polo.

UC Irvine celebrates their national championship in men's volleyball. A pair of NCAA championship trophies are coming to Southern California.

The UCLA women's water polo team upset rival USC, 5-4, to win its fifth straight NCAA title and 11th overall. The Bruins own a collective 104 NCAA team titles, tops in the nation. It was the last game for coach Adam Krikorian, who will become the U.S. Women's Water Polo National Team coach. He will also continue serving as a coach for the UCLA men's team.

UC Irvine also won a national title by beating USC last weekend, with the Anteaters' 3-2 victory earning their second NCAA title in men's volleyball in the last three years. In all sports, UC Irvine has now collected 26 NCAA titles.

--Adam Rose

Top photo: The UCLA women's water polo national celebrates its national championship. Credit: Jamie Schwaberow / NCAA Photography

Bottom photo: The UC Irvine men's volleyball team celebrates its national championship. Credit: George Frey / Associated Press

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