Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stanford's Tan shocks NCAA champ

   Avenging a loss to Jana Juricova of Cal in last year's NCAA women's singles final, unseeded Stacey Tan of Stanford surprised the No. 4 seed 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 Friday in the second round of the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai.
   Tan, a junior from Lakewood in the Los Angeles area, then knocked off No. 6 seed Zoe Scandalis of USC 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
   In today's all-San Francisco Bay Area semifinals, Tan will face teammate Nicole Gibbs, seeded  No. 1, and third-seeded Mallory Burdette of Stanford will meet unseeded Anett Schutting of Cal.
   Gibbs, an NCAA semifinalist as a freshman last year, cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Cal's Tayler Davis in the second round and a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over the Bears' Annie Goransson in the quarterfinals.
Sacramento State's Tatsiana Kapshai was named
the Big Sky Conference female MVP for the third
year in a row. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Burdette eliminated Patricia Skowronski of Oregon 6-0, 6-4 and fifth-seeded Zsofi Susanyi of Cal 7-6 (4), 6-2.
   Schutting upset seventh-seeded Danielle Lao of USC 6-3, 6-3 and was tied with second-seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA 4-6, 6-0 when the Bruins standout retired with an undisclosed injury.
   Winning first-round doubles matches were top-seeded Burdette and Gibbs, second-seeded Goransson and Schutting, and unseeded Juricova and Susanyi. Tan and Ellen Tsay, from Pleasanton, lost to Oregon's Sofia Hager and Skowronski 8-5.
   Meanwhile, in the semifinals of the Pac-12 men's team tournament, top-seeded UCLA crushed fourth-seeded Cal 5-0, and second-seeded USC whipped Stanford 4-0.
   Big West Championships in Indian Wells -- The UC Davis men and women routed Pacific to reach the semifinals of the Big West Championships.
   The fifth-seeded UCD men (6-15) won 4-1 against the fourth-seeded Tigers (8-15), and the second-seeded Aggies women (12-11) romped to a 4-0 victory over seventh-seeded Pacific (5-15) for their fifth straight win.
   The UCD men will take on top-seeded Cal Poly, and the Aggies women will go against third-seeded UC Irvine.
   Kapshai named Big Sky MVP -- Sacramento State senior Tatsiana Kapshai was named the Big Sky Conference women's MVP for the third straight year. The native of Minsk, Belarus, is 15-11 at No. 1 singles. She went undefeated in conference play for the fourth straight year and led Sac State to its 11th straight Big Sky Championships title.
   Joining Kapshai on the all-Big Sky first team are teammates Clarisse Baca, a senior, and Rebeca Delgado, a junior, and Montana's Heather Davidson, a junior from Rocklin in the Sacramento area. Sac State senior Maria Meliuk earned second-team recognition.
   Hornets junior Aliaksandr Malko and freshman Marek Marksoo were named to the men's first team, and Sac State senior Javier Millan received second-team honors.
   ATP World Tour in Barcelona, Spain -- Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan, former NCAA champions from Stanford, defaulted their quarterfinal match in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell after Bob contracted a stomach virus.
   The Bryan twins, who won the Barcelona doubles title in 2003 and 2008, had been scheduled to play  eighth-seeded Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya, both of Austria.
   Also, fourth-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski edged seventh-seeded Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Roger, a member of the Sacramento Capitals from Netherlands Antilles, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 10-7 tiebreak.
    Women's Challenger in Charlottesville, Va. -- CoCo Vandeweghe of the Capitals won twice to reach the semifinals of the $50,000 Boyd Tinsley Women's Clay Court Classic.
   Vandeweghe upset fourth-seeded Alison Riske 6-2, 7-5 in the second round and outlasted wild card Maria Sanchez of Modesto 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
   Vandeweghe, a 20-year-old resident of Rancho Sante Fe in the San Diego area, will meet her doubles partner, second-seeded Irina Falconi of Atlanta, in today's semifinals.
   USTA National 30's in Gold River -- Chris Gerety of Gold River and Todd Stanley of Sacramento routed Luke Roloff of San Francisco and Reid Wiggins of Kirkland, Wash., 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of men's doubles in the USTA National Men, Women & Mixed 30's Indoor Championships at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center in the Sacramento area.
   Dave Kuhn of Elk Grove and John Saviano of Los Altos Hills topped William Coe of Rancho Cordova and Bobby Martinez of Citrus Heights 6-4, 6-2.
   Also, the all-Sacramento team of Jordan Boyls and Brian Martinez lost to Jan Tiilikainen of Reno and Mark Fairchilds of Modesto 7-6 (4), 6-4.
  Play begins today at 9 a.m. with men's and women's singles and continues through the evening with men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles.

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