Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sac State women blanked; TV schedule; calendar

   Everything is relative in college tennis.
   Exhibit A is the Sacramento State women.
   The Hornets have won 99 consecutive Big Sky Conference matches dating to 2001. But they are 0-7 against nationally ranked teams this season.
   Sac State lost to No. 23 UC Irvine of the Big West Conference 4-0 Monday in Irvine. The Anteaters improved to 16-3, and the Hornets fell to 7-9.
   At No. 1 singles, 101st-ranked Kristina Smith of UC Irvine defeated Rebeca Delgado 6-2, 6-4.
   UC Irvine's Ali Facey, a sophomore from Cameron Park near Sacramento, won at No. 3 doubles and did not finish her match at No. 5 singles. She trailed Katharina Knoebl 6-4, 4-6, 2-1 when the Anteaters clinched the dual match.
   Facey's twin sister, Kat, also plays for UC Irvine but did not face Sac State. 
   No. 47 Stanford def. Nevada 5-2 at Stanford. No. 1 singles: No. 88 Nolan Paige (S) def. Victor Ouvrard 7-5, 7-6 (5). Records: Stanford 6-5, Nevada 8-5.
Sony Open (men and women)
In Key Biscayne, Fla.
All matches live; times PDT
   Early rounds, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
   Men's and women's quarterfinals, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
   Women's quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 4-6 p.m.
   Men's and women's quarterfinals/semifinals, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.

   Men's semifinals, ESPN2, noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
   Women's final, CBS, 9-11:30 a.m.
   Men's final, CBS, 8:30-11 a.m.
    April 23-28 -- Pac-12 Men's and Women's Championships, Ojai Valley Athletic Club/Libbey Park, Ojai, www.pac12.com.
   April 25-28 -- Big West Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, www.bigwest.org.
   April 26-28 -- Big Sky Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River, Calif., www.bigskyconf.com.
   May 10-11 -- NCAA Men's and Women's Team Championships, first and second rounds at campus sites, www.ncaa.com.
   May 16-21 -- NCAA Men's and Women's Team Championships, round of 16 through finals, Urbana, Ill., www.ncaa.com, www.fightingillini.com.
   May 22-27 -- NCAA Men's and Women's Individual Championships, Urbana, Ill., www.ncaa.com, www.fightingillini.com.
   May 26-June 9 -- FRENCH OPEN, www.rolandgarros.com. 2012 champions: Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Max Mirnyi-Daniel Nestor, Sara Errani-Roberta Vinci.
   June 24-July 7 -- WIMBLEDON, www.wimbledon.com. 2012 champions: Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Jonathan Marray-Frederik Nielsen, Serena Williams-Venus Williams.
   July 1-7 -- $50,000 Gold River Women's Challenger, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River, Calif., www.usta.com. 2012 champions: Maria Sanchez, Asia Muhammad-Yasmin Schnack.
   July 7 -- Sacramento Capitals open season vs. Texas Wild in World TeamTennis, Capitals Stadium at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, Calif., 7:35 p.m., www.saccaps.com.   
   July 22-28 -- Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, www.bankofthewestclassic.com. 2012 champions: Serena Williams, Marina Erakovic-Heather Watson. 
   July 25 -- World TeamTennis conference championships at highest seeds, www.wtt.com.
   July 28 -- World TeamTennis Finals at Eastern Conference champion, www.wtt.com.
   Aug. 5-11 --  $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger, Seascape Sports Club, Aptos, Calif., www.seascapesportsclub.com/challenger. 2012 champions: Steve Johnson, Rik de Voest-John Peers.

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