Friday, May 17, 2013

No. 18 Cal men ousted in NCAA round of 16

   Now it's up to the women.
   The last remaining men's team from Northern California lost Thursday in the NCAA Division I Championships as No. 18 Cal fell to No. 3 Virginia in the round of 16 for the second straight year 4-0 in Urbana, Ill.
   The No. 1 singles match between third-ranked Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia and No. 38 Ben McLachlan was abandoned.
   The Bears ended the season 16-10. Virginia, the NCAA runner-up for the past two years, improved to 27-0.
   Last week, No. 40 Stanford and unranked Sacramento State lost in the opening round. It was the first time the Cardinal fell in the opening round in its 35 appearances in the NCAA Championships.
   In the women's round of 16 today in Urbana, No. 8 Cal (18-5) will face No. 9 Alabama (21-5) at 7 a.m. PDT, and No. 12 Stanford (18-4) will play No. 5 USC (23-2) at 11:40 a.m. Live streaming is available at
   Cal and Alabama have met only once, with the Bears winning 8-1 in Berkeley in 1989. USC routed Stanford 6-1 in Los Angeles on March 30 in their only meeting this year.
   Pac-12 women's awards -- Cal placed two women and Stanford one on the All-Pac-12 first team.
   Honored were sophomore Zsofi Susanyi and junior Anett Schutting of the Bears and junior Nicole Gibbs of Stanford. Gibbs will defend her singles and doubles titles in the NCAA Championships beginning May 22.
   Second-team selections included junior Kristie Ahn and freshman Krista Hardebeck of Stanford and freshman Klara Fabikova of Cal. Bears freshman Lynn Chi received honorable mention.
   Other awards:
   Singles Player of the Year -- USC sophomore Sabrina Santamaria.
   Doubles Team of the Year -- Santamaria and junior Kaitlyn Christian.
   Freshman/Newcomer of the Year -- UCLA's Kyle McPhillips.
   Coach of the Year -- Richard Gallien.

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