Sunday, March 3, 2013

Stanford men, women pull off big wins

   It was a big day for Stanford tennis.
   On Saturday, the men put two teams in the semifinals of the 124th annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, and the 26th-ranked women upset No. 9 Cal 6-1 at Stanford.
   Ninth-seeded Denis Lin and John Morrissey knocked off top-seeded Campbell Johnson and Christoffer Konigsfeldt of Cal 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Pacific Coast doubles tournament.
   Lin and Morrissey, who have lost only 15 games in their five matches, had extra incentive against Johnson and Konigsfeldt.
   "We had just played them last weekend (in a dual match), and we lost, so we had a little chip on our shoulder," Lin said in a news release. "We felt the way we were playing, we had a really good shot (in La Jolla) if we just stayed focused."
   Their teammates, ninth-seeded Maciek Romanowicz and Robert Stineman, ousted the second-seeded independent team of Philipp Gruendler and Kris Kwinta of Los Angeles 6-3, 6-1. 
   In today's semifinals beginning at 9 a.m., Romanowicz and Stineman will face fifth-seeded Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson of USC, and Lin and Morrissey will meet third-seeded Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov of UCLA. The final is scheduled for approximately 1:30 p.m. today.
   Unseeded Adam Levie and Toki Sherbakov of UC Davis fell to unseeded Joe Dorn and Warren Wood of  Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 16.
    In the women's match, reigning NCAA singles and doubles champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford outclassed eighth-ranked Anett Schutting 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
   Saint Mary's (6-5) def. UC Irvine (2-8) 7-0 in Moraga. No. 1 singles: Jesse Kiuru (SM) def. Ryan Cheung 6-2, 6-0.
   No. 21 Arizona State (9-1) def. No. 44 Saint Mary's (5-5) 7-0 in Tempe, Ariz. No. 1 singles: No. 88 Jacqueline Cako (ASU) def. No. 18 Jenny Jullien 6-4, 1-6, 6-0.
   Santa Clara (4-4) def. Pacific (5-5) 7-0 in Santa Clara. No. 1 singles: No. 30 Katie Le (SC) def. Iveta Masarova 6-1, 6-2.
  UC Davis (4-7) def. Cal Poly (2-8) 5-2 in Davis. No. 1 singles: Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. Louise Oxnevad 6-1, 6-1.

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