Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Notes: NorCal Hall of Fame to add Maze, others

UC Davis women's coach Bill Maze, left,
talks with an official during a match last
year. Photo by Paul Bauman
   The USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame recently announced the addition of five members.
   Bill Maze, John Hubbell, Susan Mehmedbasich Wright, Rich Anderson and Bob Walsh  will be inducted on Thursday, July 31, during the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford. Tickets will be available at in early June.
   Maze, the 58-year-old son of California legend George Maze, progressed from junior standout to Stanford All-American to professional player. He won two ATP doubles titles, both with former Stanford teammate John McEnroe, and reached career highs of No. 87 in the world in doubles and No. 153 in singles.
   Maze is in his 19th season as the women's head coach at UC Davis. Previously, he spent five years as the women's head coach at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
   Hubbell, one of the top teaching pros in the country, has tutored junior, collegiate and professional players. As a coach on the Junior Davis Cup team, he worked with future pros Brad Gilbert, Ricky Leach, Patrick McEnroe, Paul Annacone, MaliVai Washington, Matt Anger and Jim Grabb.
   Wright won a USTA 16s national doubles title and joined the pro tour at 17. Two years later, she left competitive tennis and didn't return for a quarter century.
   Since joining the USTA and ITF senior circuits in 2003, Wright has become one of the world's top 50-and-over players. By 2013, she had won at least 59 senior national singles and doubles titles. Wright has risen as high as No. 2 in singles.
   Anderson starred at San Jose State and built a top program at Canada College in Redwood City. From 1971 through 1983, Canada won 11 conference titles, eight NorCal championships and eight state crowns.
   Walsh's volunteer activities have brought improvements to USTA NorCal and to the Napa Valley for more than 20 years. He has helped extend league play to seniors and spurred the construction and maintenance of courts. At 88, Walsh still serves as an adult league coordinator.
   Stanford -- The No. 4 Cardinal women suffered their first loss in nearly one year and only their fourth at home since 1999, falling 4-3 to No. 3 UCLA on Friday.
   Jennifer Brady outlasted Krista Hardebeck 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 in the clinching match to end Stanford's 19-match winning streak, which included last year's NCAA championship run. The Cardinal hadn't lost since a 4-3 decision at Cal on April 19, 2013.
   Stanford rebounded with a 4-0 home victory over No. 13 USC on Saturday. The Cardinal improved to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the Pacific-12 Conference.
   Meanwhile, the No. 2 USC men whipped No. 52 Stanford 7-0 in Los Angeles on Friday to snap the Cardinal's six-match winning streak, its longest since a 13-match stretch in 2011. Stanford fell at No. 3 UCLA 4-0 on Saturday.
   Cal -- No. 43 Lynn Chi edged No. 40 Kyle McPhillips 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) at No. 4 to give the No. 12 Bears (7-0, 14-4 Pac-12) a 4-3 victory over UCLA on Saturday in Berkeley. Cal had trailed 3-1.
   The host Bears trounced USC 4-0 on Friday.
   The No. 18 Cal men (12-5, 2-2) lost at UCLA 4-1 on Friday and USC 4-0 on Saturday.
   International Spring Championships in Carson -- CiCi Bellis of Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area won the girls 18 singles title on Sunday, two days before her 15th birthday.
   Bellis, seeded fifth, routed ninth-seeded Raveena Kingsley, 15, of Fulton, Md., 6-3, 6-0. Kingsley had beaten Bellis in their only prior meeting in the USTA Spring Nationals 12s in 2011.  

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