Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Eight NorCal teams earn NCAA D-I bids; pro rankings

   Five women's and three men's teams from Northern California received bids to the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
   The women's field features No. 7 Cal, No. 12 Stanford, No. 40 Saint Mary's, No. 66 San Jose State and unranked Sacramento State. The Bears, Cardinal and Gaels gained at-large bids in the 64-team field. The Spartans and Hornets earned automatic bids by winning the Western Athletic Conference and Big Sky Conference tournaments, respectively.
   The men's field includes No. 18 Cal, No. 41 Stanford and unranked Sac State. The Bears and Cardinal received at-large invitations in the 64-team draw, while the Hornets snagged an automatic bid by capturing the Big Sky tourney.
   In the women's bracket, Saint Mary's (13-9) will play No. 21 Auburn (18-8) at Cal's Hellman Tennis Complex on May 10 at 10 a.m., following by the Bears (16-5) against unranked Stony Brook (12-4) at 1 p.m. The winners will meet on May 12 at noon at Cal.
   The Stanford women (16-4) will host unranked Miami of Ohio (13-12) at Taube Family Tennis Stadium on May 10 at 2 p.m. The winner will play either No. 20 Rice or No. 62 Pepperdine at Stanford on May 11 at 1 p.m.
   On May 11 at USC, the San Jose State women (19-5) will take on No. 31 UC Irvine (22-4) at 9 a.m., followed by the Sac State women (13-13) vs. the host Trojans (21-2) at noon. The winners will meet on May 12 at noon.
   All three NorCal men's teams in the NCAAs will play on the road on May10. Cal (14-9) will face No. 34 Florida State (18-10) in Gainesville, Fla., Stanford (12-11) will take on No. 20 LSU (15-11) in Malibu, and Sac State (17-12) will go against host USC (23-4). The No. 4 Trojans are four-time defending NCAA champions, but Steve Johnson completed his eligibility last year after winning two straight NCAA singles crowns.
   The last 16 men's and 16 women's teams will compete for the NCAA titles May 16-21 in Urbana, Ill. The singles and doubles competitions are scheduled for May 22-27 at the same site.
   Participants in NCAA singles and doubles will be announced Wednesday.
   Western Athletic Conference -- San Jose State's Klaudia Boczova (16-3), a sophomore from Slovakia, was named the WAC Player of the Year. Other Spartans honored were:
   --Chau Truong and Julianna Bacelar, first-team doubles at No. 3.
   --Sabastiani Leon Chao (No. 2) and Bacelar (No. 5), second-team singles.
   --Chao and Erica Medlin (No. 1) and Boczova and Jessica Willett (No. 2), second-team doubles.
   Big West Conference -- Pacific's Sem Verbeek of the Netherlands was named first-team All-Big West in men's singles and the league's Freshman of the Year. Other NorCal men receiving recognition were:
   --Alex Golding (Pacific), Kyle Miller (UC Davis), Toki Sherbakov (UC Davis) and Denis Stolyarov (Pacific), second-team singles.
   --Daniel Alameh (Pacific) and Parker Kelley (UC Davis), honorable-mention singles.
   --Golding and Verbeek (Pacific), first-team doubles.
   --Adam Levie and Sherbakov (UC Davis), second-team doubles.
   --Adam Luba and Miller (UC Davis), honorable-mention doubles.
   NorCal women honored were:
   --Iveta Masarova (Pacific), first-team singles.
   --Megan Heneghan (UC Davis) and Hana Ritterova (Pacific), second-team singles.
   --Layla Sanders (UC Davis), honorable-mention singles.
   --Masarova and Ritterova (Pacific), second-team doubles.
   --Nicole Koehly and Sanders (UC Davis), honorable-mention doubles.
   Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mardy Fish, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2012-13) -- No. 44 in singles (-2), No. 340 in doubles (+7).
   Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 188 in singles (-3), No. 347 in doubles (+6).
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 26 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 19 in singles (no change), No. 108 in doubles (+1).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 265 in singles (-34), No. 831 in doubles (+3).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident from Russia -- No. 58 in singles (+8), No. 270 in doubles (+4).
   Mallory Burdette, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- Career-high No. 85 in singles (+2), No. 362 in doubles (-1). 
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 14 in doubles (no change), No. 1,127 in singles (+3).
   Megan Moulton-Levy, Capitals (2013) -- No. 65 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto product -- No. 115 in singles (-4), No. 123 in doubles (-7).
   Taylor Townsend, Capitals (2013) -- No. 349 in singles (+2), No. 531 in doubles (+2).
(All times PDT)
   Munich (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 6-10 p.m. (delay).
   Munich (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 4 p.m.-midnight (delay). 
   Oeiras (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-noon (delay).
   Oeiras (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, noon-4 p.m. (delay), 8 p.m.-midnight (repeat).
   Munich (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 4-8 p.m. (delay).
   Oeiras (women), final, Tennis Channel, 9-11 a.m. (delay).
   Oeiras (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (delay), 7-9 p.m. (repeat).
   Munich (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 3-7 p.m. (delay).
   Oeiras (men), final, Tennis Channel, 5-7 a.m. (delay), 1-3 p.m. (repeat), 7-9 p.m. (repeat).
   Munich (men), final, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (delay), 5-7 p.m. (repeat).
   Saturday-Sunday -- Rio del Oro Junior Championships, Rio del Oro Racquet Club, 119 Scripps Dr., Sacramento 95825, www.norcal.usta.com.
   May 10-13 -- $10,000 USTA National Men's, Women's & Mixed 30 Indoor Championships, Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center, 11205 Pyrites Way, Gold River, Calif., 95670, www.usta.com, www.sparetimeinc.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.
   June 29-July 6 -- $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 6-8 -- West Coast Junior Championships, Rio del Oro Racquet Club, 119 Scripps Dr., Sacramento 95825, www.norcal.usta.com.
   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 -- $100,00 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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