Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stanford wins, Cal falls in NCAA women's quarters

  The Cal women couldn't knock off top-ranked and two-time defending champion Florida at the NCAA Team Championships in Urbana, Ill.
   Now Stanford gets a chance.
   The Gators eliminated the Bears 4-2 in today's quarterfinals. In the clinching match, No. 116 Caroline Hitimana defeated Annie Goransson 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.
   No. 12 Stanford upset its second straight top-five team, topping No. 4 Georgia 4-1. After stunning No. 5 USC 4-3 in a five-hour thriller on Friday, the Cardinal won a match despite losing the doubles point for the first time in two years.
   Krista Hardebeck, ranked 14th, clinched Stanford's victory with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 decision over No. 104 Silvia Garcia in a matchup of freshmen at No. 3 singles.
   Stanford, a 16-time NCAA champion, advanced to the semifinals for the 28th time in 32 years. But the Cardinal became the lowest-seeded team to reach the semis since No. 12 UCLA in 2007.
   Stanford (20-4) will meet Florida (26-2) on Monday at 3 p.m. PDT. The dual match will be streamed live at www.ncaa.com.
   The Cardinal will be out for revenge after losing a 4-3 heartbreaker to the Gators in the 2011 NCAA final at Stanford. Playing without 15th-ranked Kristie Ahn at No. 4 singles because of an ankle injury, Stanford suffered its first home loss in 185 matches spanning more than 12 seasons.
   In the deciding match at No. 2 singles, Stanford's Mallory Burdette led 4-0 in the third set before falling to Lauren Embree 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in a battle of sophomores. Burdette turned pro last September and has climbed to No. 82 in the world. Embree is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA for Florida.
   Ahn is now a junior who plays No. 2 singles for Stanford. She is ranked No. 25.
   In today's other quarterfinals, No. 7 UCLA pounded No. 2 North Carolina 4-1, and No. 3 Texas A&M whipped No. 6 Miami 4-0.
   ATP World Tour -- Former Stanford stars Bob and Mike Bryan won their sixth doubles title of the year and 88th overall on Sunday. The top-seeded American twins defeated sixth-seeded Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 6-2, 6-3 in 52 minutes to capture the Italian Open in Rome for the third time.
NCAA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
In Urbana, Ill.
Women's quarterfinals
No. 12 Stanford 4, No. 4 Georgia 1
Doubles
1. No. 1 Fuller/Garcia (UGA) d. No. 8 Ahn/Gibbs 8-5.
2. No. 52 Herring/Kowase (UGA) led No. 28 Tan/Tsay 6-4, abandoned.
3. Lilly Kimbell/King (UGA) d. Dillon/Hardebeck 8-3.
Order of finish: 1, 3
Singles 
1. No. 13 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) led No. 6 Lauren Herring 6-1, 3-6, 3-0, abandoned.
2. No. 25 Kristie Ahn (STAN) d. No. 19 Maho Kowase 6-0, 6-1.
3. No. 14 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) d. No. 104 Silvia Garcia 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.
4. No. 103 Stacy Tan (STAN) d. Kate Fuller 6-4, 7-5.
5. No. 92 Ellen Tsay (STAN) d. Ayaka Okuno 6-1, 6-2.
6. Mia King (UGA) led Natalie Dillon 6-1, 6-5, abandoned
Order of finish: 2, 5, 4, 3
No. 1 Florida 4, No. 8 Cal 2
Doubles
1. No. 11 Lauren Embree/Sofie Oyen (FLA) vs. No. 33 Lynn Chi/Anett Schutting 8-4.
2. Klara Fabikova/Annie Goransson (CAL) def. Alexandra Cercone/Caroline Hitimana 8-4.
3. Danielle Collins/Brianna Morgan (FLA) def. Kelly Chui/TaylerDavis 8-4.
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1 
Singles
1. No. 1 Lauren Embree (FLA) def. No. 8 Anett Schutting 6-2, 6-0.
2. No. 43 Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. No. 17 Sofie Oyen 7-5, 6-4.
3. No. 5 Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) def. No. 51 Alexandra Cercone 6-1, 6-1.
4. No. 70 Lynn Chi (CAL) vs. No. 89 Brianna Morgan, abandoned.
5. No. 123 Olivia Janowicz (FLA) def. Tayler Davis 6-1, 6-4.
6. No. 116 Caroline Hitimana (FLA) def. Annie Goransson 6-3, 6-2.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 5, 2, 6 

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