Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cal, Stanford women to host NCAA openers

   The Cal and Stanford women will host first-round matches in the NCAA Team Championships, while their male counterparts will go on the road.
   The Saint Mary's women, the only other Northern California team in the championships, also will travel.
   The NCAA announced the brackets for the 64-team tournaments on Tuesday.
   The third-seeded Cal women (20-3) will put their eight-match winning streak on the line against Bryant (8-8) of Smithfield, R.I., on May 8 at 1 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex. That will follow the 10 a.m. match between Houston (22-5) and Mississippi State (15-11). The winners will meet on May 9 at noon at Hellman.
   The 14th-seeded Stanford women (15-5) will face Stony Brook (15-1) on May 8 at 2 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium after the 11 a.m. encounter between Pepperdine (17-6) and Auburn (16-13). The survivors will battle on May 9 at 1 p.m. at Taube.
   The Saint Mary's women (14-9) will take on Northwestern (15-7) on May 9 at UCLA. The winner almost certainly will face the host Bruins (18-4), the defending national champions, on May 10.  
   The Cal men (18-8) will play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (19-6) on May 8 in Austin, Texas. The winner probably will face ninth seed and host Texas (19-6) on May 9.   
   The Stanford men (17-6), enjoying a resurgence under first-year coach Paul Goldstein, will take on Tennessee (14-12) on May 8 in Durham, N.C. The survivor likely will meet 10th seed and host Duke (22-6) on May 9.
   The last four rounds of the NCAA Team Championships are set for May 14-19 in Waco, Texas.  
   The men's and women's fields for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, May 20-25 in Waco, will be released today. 

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