Friday, May 18, 2012

Cal women to face No. 1 UCLA in NCAAs

   The showdown is set.
   No. 9 Cal (20-6) will face No. 1 UCLA (24-2) on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. The Bears advanced with a 4-0 victory over No. 26 Georgia Tech (16-12) on Thursday, while the Bruins cooked Rice 4-0.
   Cal and UCLA split their two dual matches this season. The Bruins won 4-3 against a Cal lineup without Jana Juricova, the reigning NCAA singles champion, on Feb. 24 in Los Angeles. The Bears prevailed 4-3 on April 13 in Berkeley.
   The last time Cal and UCLA met in the NCAA Championships was in the 2008 final, with the Bruins winning 4-0.
   No. 5 Stanford also reached the quarterfinals, cruising to a 4-1 victory over No. 12 Northwestern (20-9).
   The Cardinal (21-1), which seeks its second NCAA title in three years, will meet No. 4 USC (23-3) on Saturday. Stanford won the teams' only meeting this season, 4-2 on April 13 at Stanford.
   See below for full results of Thursday's Cal and Stanford dual matches.
   Men's Challenger in Fergana, Uzbekistan -- Third-seeded John Paul Fruttero, an All-American at Cal in 2001 and 2002, and Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus eked out a 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 tiebreak victory over Uzbek wild cards Rifat Biktyakov and Murad Inoyatov in the quarterfinals of the $35,000 Fergana Challenger.
   Fruttero and Ignatik will face second-seeded Raven Klaasen and Izak Van der Merwe, both of South Africa, in today's semifinals. Fruttero and Klaasen have played together for most of last year and this year. 
   Unseeded Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan and Jimmy Wang, a Taiwan native who trains in the Sacramento area, lost to top-seeded Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana, 30-year-old twins from Thailand, 6-1, 6-4.
   Men's Futures in Tampa, Fla. -- Pedro Zerbini, who starred at Cal from 2007 to 2011, shocked fourth-seeded Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the second round of the $10,000 Tampa USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures. Wolmarans won the 2010 Davis Futures title.
   Zerbini, first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference from 2009 to 2011, will play Christian Harrison, the 17-year-old brother of rising young American Ryan Harrison, in today's quarterfinals. 
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women's round of 16
In Athens, Ga. 
 No. 9 Cal 4, No. 26 Georgia Tech 0
Doubles
1. No. 15 Juricova/Susanyi (CAL) def. No. 23 O'Neill/Anghelescu (GT) 8-3.
2. No. 5 Goransson/Schutting (CAL) def. Blau/Kilborn (GT) 8-4.
3. Lilley/Wacker (GT) def. Duranteau/Estlander (CAL) 8-3.
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2* (California wins doubles point)
Singles
1. No. 8 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 11 Jillian O'Neill (GT) 6-2, 6-2.
2. No. 13 Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) def. Caroline Lilley (GT) 6-3, 6-0.
3. No. 30 Anett Schutting (CAL) def. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) 6-4, 6-1.
4. No. 48 Tayler Davis (CAL) vs. Alex Anghelescu (GT) DNF.
5. No. 67 Annie Goransson (CAL) vs. Lynn Blau (GT) DNF.
6. Alice Duranteau (CAL) vs. Christina Ngo (GT) DNF.
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1*
 No. 5 Stanford 4, No. 12 Northwestern 1
 Doubles
1. No. 2 Burdette/Gibbs (STAN) def. No. 85 Corning/Mushrefova (NW) 8-1.
2. No. 24 Tan/Tsay (STAN) def. Hamilton/Wowchuk (NW) 8-5.
3. Dillon/Li (STAN) vs. Niu/Turvy (NW) abandoned.
Order of Finish: 1, 2
Singles
1. No. 3 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) def. No. 20 Kate Turvy (NW) 7-5, 6-3.
2. No. 5 Mallory Burdette (STAN) vs. Belinda Niu (NW) abandoned.
3. No. 25 Stacey Tan (STAN) def. No. 82 Brittany Wowchuck (NW) 6-0, 7-6 (5).
4. No. 74 Ellen Tsay (STAN) def. Veronica Corning (NW) 6-1, 6-2.
5. Linda Abu Mushrefova (NW) def. Veronica Li (STAN) 6-4, 6-3.
6. Natalie Dillon (STAN) vs. Nida Hamilton (NW) abandoned.
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 5, 3
WEEKEND TV SCHEDULE
(All times PDT)
    Today -- Rome (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 3-9 a.m. (live), 12:30-2:30 p.m. (live), 4:30-8:30 p.m. (repeat). Rome (women), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (live), 2:30-4:30 p.m. (delay), 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (repeat).
   Saturday -- Rome (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 3-7 a.m. (live), 7-11 p.m. (repeat). Rome (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 7-9 a.m. (live), 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), 2-7 p.m. (repeat). 
   Sunday -- Rome (women), final, Tennis Channel, 4:30-7 a.m. (live), 9:30-11:30 a.m. (repeat), 2-4 p.m. (repeat), 6:30-8:30 p.m. (repeat). Rome (men), final, Tennis Channel, 7-9:30 a.m. (live), 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (repeat), 4-6:30 p.m. (repeat), 8:30-11 p.m. (repeat). 
CALENDAR
   Today -- NCAA Division I Team Championships, round of 16, Athens, Ga. No. 11 Stanford men vs. No. 6 Kentucky, 1 p.m. (PDT); No. 14 Cal men vs. No. 3 Virginia, 1 p.m.
   Saturday -- NCAA Division I Team Championships, women's quarterfinals, Athens, Ga. No. 9 Cal vs. No. 1 UCLA, 9 a.m. (PDT); No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 5 USC, 9 a.m.
   Sunday -- NCAA Division I Team Championships, men's quarterfinals, Athens, Ga. 
   Monday -- NCAA Division I Team Championships, men's and women's semifinals, Athens, Ga.
   May 22 -- NCAA Division I Team Championships, men's and women's finals, Athens, Ga. 
   May 23-28 -- NCAA Division I Singles and Doubles Championships, men and women, Athens, Ga.
   May 27-June 3 -- $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger, Gold River Racquet Club, 2201 Gold Rush Drive, Gold River.
   MAY 27-JUNE 10 -- FRENCH OPEN.
   June 2-10 -- $15,000 Sacramento Men's Futures, Park Terrace Swim & Tennis Club, 5500 Parkfield Court, Sacramento.
   June 9-10, 16-18 -- NorCal 18 Junior Sectional Championships, Sacramento State.
   June 9-17 -- $15,000 Chico Men's Futures, Chico Racquet Club & Resort, 1629 Manzanita Ave.
Chico.
   JUNE 25-JULY 8 -- WIMBLEDON.
   July 7-15 -- WTA, Bank of the West Classic, Stanford.
   July 9 -- World TeamTennis, Sacramento Capitals' season opener at Boston, 4 p.m.
   July 12 -- World TeamTennis, Capitals' home opener (with Mardy Fish) vs. Kansas City, Sunrise Marketplace Stadium, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m.

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