Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cal's Manasse to play for National Indoor title

   Fifth-seeded Maegan Manasse of Cal topped unseeded Stephanie Wagner of Miami 6-3, 7-6 (4) today to reach the final of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   Manasse, a sophomore from Redondo Beach in the Los Angeles area, has not lost a set in her four matches. All have been against unseeded players.
   Wagner, ranked 18th, dispatched second-seeded Chanelle Van Nguyen of NCAA champion UCLA 6-2, 6-2 in the second round and NCAA singles runner-up Lynn Chi of Cal 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
   Manasse will play sixth-seeded Julia Elbaba of Virginia in Sunday's final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the home of the U.S. Open. Elbaba is ranked fifth and Manasse 43rd.
   Elbaba, a junior from Oyster Bay, N.Y., outplayed fourth-seeded Brooke Austin of Florida 6-2, 6-4.
   Elbaba eliminated Cal's Zsofi Susanyi, an NCAA semifinalist as a freshman in 2012, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round and top-seeded and top-ranked Jamie Loeb of North Carolina 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
   In the men's final, Brayden Schnur of North Carolina will face Gonzales Austin of Vanderbilt. Both players are unseeded, but Schnur is ranked seventh and Austin ninth.
   UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald, a sophomore from Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Martin Redlicki lost to Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski of Illinois 6-3, 3-6 [10-7] in a battle of unseeded teams in the doubles semifinals. 

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