Monday, May 14, 2012

Brothers lift Cal to dramatic win in NCAAs

   On Mother's Day, the Cal men were particularly thankful to Yuriko McLachlan of New Zealand.
   Her sons, Ben and Riki, lifted the 14th-ranked Bears to a dramatic 4-3 victory over Texas Tech on Sunday in Berkeley in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.
   The No. 22 Red Raiders (16-9) were within two games of advancing to the round of 16 in Athens, Ga., when Francisco Zambon led Riki McLachlan, a junior, 4-2 in the third set at No. 5 singles. But McLachlan rallied to win 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 and tie the dual match 3-3.
   In the deciding match, 37th-ranked Ben McLachlan, a sophomore, subdued 40th-ranked Gonzalo Escobar 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
   "It was incredibly special to have the two brothers, on Mother's Day, come through for us," Cal coach Peter Wright said on calbears.com. "We looked like we were dead to rights. ... We were struggling hard, and Texas Tech was really solid today. But we knew if we hung in there long enough, we could pull off the win."
   Cal (14-11) will meet No. 2 Virginia, last year's runner-up, in the round of 16 on Friday at 1 p.m. PDT in Athens.
   The No. 11 Stanford men also advanced to the round of 16, notching a 4-1 victory over No. 39 Santa Clara at Stanford. The Broncos (22-6) played in the NCAA Tournament for the first year.
   At No. 1 singles, 36th-ranked Bradley Klahn of Stanford defeated No. 91 Kyle Dandan 6-3, 7-5. Klahn won the 2010 NCAA singles title.
   Santa Clara's victory came at No. 2 singles as No. 123 John Lamble stunned No. 29 Ryan Thacher 7-5, 6-3.
   Stanford (19-8) will face No. 6 Kentucky on Friday at 1 p.m. PDT. The Cardinal men have won 18 NCAA team titles, second only to USC's 19, but none since 2000.
   Women's Challenger in Raleigh, N.C. -- Top-seeded Alexandra Mueller of Abington, Pa., and Asia Muhammed of Henderson, Nev., lost to second-seeded Gabriela Dabrowski and Marie-Eve Pelletier, both of Canada, 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 tiebreak in the doubles final of the $25,000 Raleigh Women's Challenger.
   Muhammed, 21, was seeking her fifth doubles crown on the ITF Women's Circuit. She will debut for the Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis in July. 
NO. 14 CAL 4, NO. 22 TEXAS TECH 3
In Berkeley
Doubles 
1. No. 6 Andrews (Folsom)/Konigsfeldt (CAL) vs. No. 18 Carvalho/Escobar (TT) DNF.
2. No. 66 Cueto/B. McLachlan (CAL) def. Garcia/Manzini (TT) 8-4.
3. Bayane/Scholnick (CAL) def. Wanderley/Zambon (TT) 8-4.
Order of finish: 3, 2* (Cal wins doubles point) 
Singles 
1. No. 37 Ben McLachlan (CAL) def. No. 40 Gonzalo Escobar (TT); 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
2. No. 79 Raony Carvalho (TT) def. No. 58 Nick Andrews (CAL, Folsom); 6-2, 7-5.
3. Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Rafael Garcia (TT); 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.
4. Vitor Manzini (TT) def. Gregory Bayane (CAL); 6-2, 7-5.
5. Riki McLachlan (CAL) def. Francisco Zambon (TT); 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.
6. Raphael Pfister (TT) def. Chase Melton (CAL); 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Order of finish: 2, 4, 3, 6, 5, 1*
NO. 11 STANFORD 4, NO. 39 SANTA CLARA 1
At Stanford
Doubles
1. Lamble/Osintsev (SC) d. Lin/Thacher (STAN) 8-6.
2. Klahn/Morrissey (STAN) d. Dandan/Pham (SC) 9-7.
3. Ball/Stineman (STAN) d. Armengaud/Vinel (SC) 9-8 (4).
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
Singles
1. No. 36 Bradley Klahn (STAN) d. No. 91 Kyle Dandan (SC) 6-3, 7-5.
2. No. 123 John Lamble (SC) d. No. 29 Ryan Thacher (STAN) 7-5, 6-3.
3. Matt Kandath (STAN) vs. Nicolas Vinel (SC) abandoned.
4. John Morrissey (STAN) d. Tom Pham (SC) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
5. Daniel Ho (STAN) d. Ilya Osintsev (SC) 6-4, 6-3.
6. Robert Stineman (STAN) vs. Eugene Muchynski (SC) abandoned.
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 2, 4
CALENDAR
   Thursday-May 22 -- NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Team Championships, Round of 16 through finals, Athens, Ga.
   May 23-28 -- NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Individual Championships, Athens, Ga.
   MAY 27-JUNE 10 -- FRENCH OPEN.
   May 28-June 3 -- $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger, Gold River Racquet Club, 2201 Gold Rush Drive, Gold River.

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