Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stanford, Cal women to open at home in NCAAs

  The Stanford and Cal women have a good chance to reach the round of 16 of the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., next month.
   The men from both schools, however, and the Sacramento State women figure to lose early.
   The NCAA today released the Division I men's and women's brackets for the team championships, which begin May 9 at schools around the country. The last 16 in each bracket advance to Athens to compete May 15-20 for the national championship.
   The fields for the NCAA men's and women's singles and doubles tournaments, May 21-26 in Athens, will be announced Wednesday at www.ncaasports.com by 3 p.m. PDT.
   The Stanford and Cal women will play at home in the first round of the NCAA Team Championships, while their male counterparts and Sac State women will open on the road. Second-round matches are at the same sites, and the survivors will converge in Athens.
   The defending champion Stanford women (16-2), seeded 11th, will open against Quinnipiac (13-10) of Hamden, Conn., on May 9 at 2 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The winner will face either Tulsa (17-5) or Long Beach State (20-2) on May 10 at 1 p.m.
   The Cal women (18-4), seeded sixth, will face Fairleigh Dickinson (13-4) of Hackensack, N.J., on May 9 at 1 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The winner will take on either Pepperdine (18-4) or LSU (14-13) on May 10 at noon.
   The Stanford men (14-5) will play Tulsa (15-12) in Waco, Texas, on May 10 at 9 a.m. PDT, with the survivor probably meeting host and No. 5 seed Baylor (23-5).       
   The Cal men (15-7) will go against Texas Tech (13-10) in College Station, Texas, on May 10 at 7 a.m. PDT, with the winner likely facing host and No. 8 seed Texas A&M (24-6).
   The Sac State women (12-16) will visit top-ranked and No. 5 seed UCLA (21-2) on May 9 at 1 p.m.

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