Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cal, Stanford women combine for 7 NCAA singles spots

Stanford sophomore Carol Zhao is seeded second for the NCAA
Division I Singles Championships, May 20-25 in Waco, Texas.
2014 photo by Tri Nguyen/
   Cal will send four women and Stanford three to the NCAA Division I Singles Championships on May 20-25 in Waco, Texas.
   However, Bears junior Lynn Chi, last year's runner-up, was bypassed. 
   One man from each school will go to the tournament.
   The NCAA today selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams for both the men's and women's championships, which will follow the May 14-19 team tournaments in Waco.
   Cal sophomore Maegan Manasse is seeded fourth in women's singles. Joining the third-ranked Manasse (36-7) from the No. 3 Bears are No. 25 Klara Fabikova (31-8), No. 41 Szofi Susanyi (31-10) and No. 42 Denise Starr (33-7).
   Susanyi in 2012 became Cal's first freshman to reach the semifinals. She lost in the round of 16 in 2013 and the second round last year.
   Carol Zhao leads No. 13 Stanford's contingent of three sophomores. Zhao (24-7), ranked and seeded second behind Robin Anderson of UCLA, is accompanied by No. 17 Taylor Davidson (27-8) and No. 27 Caroline Doyle (27-5), a San Francisco resident.
   USC's Giuliana Olmos, a junior from Fremont, is seeded 9-16. Sophie Watts, the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, received an automatic berth.
   Earning men's berths were Cal sophomore Andre Goransson (25-9), ranked 29th, and Stanford 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) freshman Tom Fawcett (26-9), ranked 30th.
   UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald (28-4), a sophomore from Piedmont, is seeded third.
   Stanford and Cal have two teams each in women's doubles, and all but one are seeded. Davidson and Zhao (29-6) are No. 2. Fabikova-Susanyi (31-6) and Manasse-Starr (29-8) are each No. 5-8. Stanford's Doyle and Ellen Tsay (25-8) are unseeded, as are USC's Olmos and Zoe Scandalis (15-7).
   Stanford's John Morrissey and Robert Stineman (14-3) and UCLA's Mackenzie and Martin Redlicki (18-6) are unseeded in men's doubles.

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