Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cal men edge Mississippi St. in National Indoors

   Gregory Bayane lifted 11th-ranked Cal to a 4-3 victory over No. 9 Mississippi State on Friday in the first round of the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships in Houston.
   Bayane, a junior from France, defeated freshman Rishab Agarwal 5-6 (6), 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles in the deciding match. Division I teams are experimenting with a shorter format, including sets up to five games.
   At No. 1 singles, 52nd-ranked Florian Lakat of Mississippi State (8-1) topped No. 62 Ben McLachlan 0-6, 6-5 (4), 6-3.
   Cal (6-0) will meet top-ranked Virginia (5-0) today in the quarterfinals. The defending NCAA champion Cavaliers eliminated No. 16 Notre Dame 4-2 for their 35th consecutive victory, the longest active streak in that nation.  
OTHER COLLEGE RESULTS
Women
   No. 2 Stanford def. No. 56 Santa Clara 7-0 at Stanford. No. 1 singles: Fifth-ranked Kristie Ahn def. No. 28 Katie Le 6-1, 6-1. Clinching match: At No. 5, 32nd-ranked Ellen Tsay def. Stephanie Skaras 6-1, 6-0. Records: Stanford 5-0, Santa Clara 1-2.
   USF def. San Jose State 4-3 in San Francisco. No. 1 singles: Thyra Taune (USF) def. Marie Klocker 6-1, 6-1. Records: USF 6-2, San Jose State 2-8.
   Pacific def. Westmont 6-1 in Santa Barbara. No. 1 singles: Lauren Stratman (W) def. Hana Ritterova 6-2, 6-3. Records: Pacific 3-2, Westmont 2-3.

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