Sunday, May 12, 2013

Three NorCal teams reach NCAA round of 16

   Three Northern California teams advanced Saturday to the round of 16 in the NCAA Championships, while two others were eliminated.
   Heading to Urbana, Ill., for the Sweet 16 are the No. 8 Cal women, No. 12 Stanford women and No. 18 Cal men. Heading home for the offseason are the Sacramento State and San Jose State women.
   The women of Cal (18-5) and Stanford (18-4) rolled to 4-0 victories at home. The Bears mauled No. 25 Auburn  (19-9), and the Cardinal pounded No. 22 Rice (21-5).
   On Friday, Cal will play No. 9 Alabama, and Stanford almost certainly will face No. 5 USC. The Trojans meet No. 32 UC Irvine today at USC.
   USC (22-2) breezed to a 4-0 victory over Sac State (13-14), and the Anteaters (23-4) won 4-2 over No. 63 San Jose State (19-6). Both matches were at USC.
   Ali Facey of Cameron Park, near Sacramento, won the clinching match for UC Irvine. The sophomore saved two match points in a 4-6, 7-6 (0), 7-5 victory over Julianna Bacelar at No. 5 singles.
   The Cal men (16-9) earned a 4-1 win over Denver (12-12) in Gainesville, Fla. The Bears will take on No. 2 Virginia, the runner-up to USC the past two years, on Thursday.
   NCAA singles and doubles -- Stanford's Nicole Gibbs, the defending NCAA women's singles and doubles champion, heads the NorCal contingent in the individual events scheduled for May 22-27 in Urbana.
   Joining Gibbs in the 64-player singles draw are teammates Kristie Ahn and Krista Hardebeck. Gibbs and Hardebeck are seeded 9-16.
   Cal's Zsofi Susanyi and Anett Schutting are seeded fifth and eighth, respectively. Also receiving singles bids were Cal's Klara Fabikova, Santa Clara's Katie Le, San Jose State's Klaudia Boczova and Saint Mary's Jenny Jullien.
   Stanford will send two doubles teams: Ahn and Gibbs, seeded 5-8; and Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay. Gibbs won last year's title with Mallory Burdette, who later decided to turn pro and forgo her senior year.
   The men's singles draw features Cal's Ben McLachlan, Stanford's John Morrissey and Sac State's Marek Marksoo. Cal's Campbell Johnson and Christoffer Konigsfeldt earned a doubles berth.
   All brackets will be released at a later date.
   USTA National Open in Elk Grove -- The top two singles seeds in the boys 16s fell at the Laguna Creek Racquet Club.
   No. 1 Kalman Boyd of Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area lost to Lane Leschly of Atherton 6-7 (9), 6-3, 6-1 in the first round, and No. 2 Adrian Chamdani of Santa Clara was ousted by Alexander Keyser of Danville 6-4, 6-2 in the second round.
   Leschly later joined Keyser in the quarterfinals, scheduled for today at 9 a.m. The girls 16 quarters will be played at the same time.
   National 30 Indoors in Gold River -- In today's men's singles semifinals at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center, No. 1 seed and defending champion Calle Hansen of Newbury Park will meet unseeded Jeff Thomsen of Newport Beach at 9 a.m., and second-seeded Jan Tiilikainen of Reno will face third-seeded Sherif Zaher of Folsom at 10 a.m.
   In the women's semifinals at 9 a.m., top seed and defending champ Romana Tedjakusuma of Tracy will take on unseeded Fanny Gamble of San Rafael, and second-seeded Ioulia Bolotova of Philadelphia will go against Francesca LaO of Bellevue, Wash.

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