Monday, February 10, 2014

Cal women fall to Duke in National Indoor semis

   Cal's Maegan Manasse faced heavy pressure for the second straight day.
   This time, the freshman from Redondo Beach in the Los Angeles area barely came up short.
   Duke senior Marianne Jodoin edged Manasse 1-6, 6-3 [11-9] at No. 6 singles on Sunday, clinching the No. 10 Blue Devils' 4-2 victory over the No. 8 Bears in the semifinals of the ITA National Women's Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va.

   Manasse, ranked 31st, saved a match point at 8-9 in the match tiebreaker. She had won the deciding contest at No. 6 singles in Cal's 4-3 win over No. 4 Georgia in the quarterfinals.
   At No. 1 singles on Sunday, third-ranked Beatrice Capra of Duke dominated No. 15 Denise Starr, a freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-2, 6-2. Capra reached the third round of the 2010 U.S. Open at 18 years old.
   Duke will face No. 5 UCLA, which beat No. 16 Northwestern 4-0, today for the title.      
   No. 59 Utah def. San Jose State 6-1 in San Diego. No. 1 singles: Tereza Bekerova (U) def. Marie Klocker 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Records: Utah 2-1, San Jose State 2-7.
   Sacramento State def. Texas-El Paso 5-2 in Tucson, Ariz. No. 1 singles: Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) def. Jennifer Nguyen 6-4, 0-6 [10-5]. Clinching match: At No. 3, Daria Savchenko def. Marie LeBlond 7-6 (tiebreaker score not available), 6-2. Team records: Sac State 1-4, Texas-El Paso 1-5.
   Pacific def. New Mexico State 4-3 in Las Vegas. No. 1 singles: Iveta Masarova (P) def. Ros-Polly Nguyen 6-3, 6-2. Records: Pacific 2-2, New Mexico State 1-4.
   No. 2 UCLA tied No. 38 Stanford 1-1 (unfinished, rain) at Stanford. No. 1 singles: Top-ranked Clay Thompson led John Morrissey 6-4, 4-3 (unfinished). Note: UCLA freshman Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont, near Oakland, won at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles. Records: UCLA 5-0, Stanford 3-1.
   UC Riverside vs. Saint Mary's in Moraga, rained out. Records: Saint Mary's 4-1, UC Riverside 0-10.

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