Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stanford men beat Cal to reach Pac-12 final

   The Stanford men avenged a loss to archrival Cal and reached the final of the Pac-12 Championships.
   The Cardinal, seeded first and ranked 26th, routed the Bears, seeded fourth and ranked 25th, 4-1 on Friday in Ojai. Cal had beaten host Stanford 4-3 six days earlier to end the Cardinal's winning streak at 10 matches and relegate Stanford to a share of the conference title with USC.
   Stanford (17-5) will meet USC (21-4), seeded second and ranked eighth, today at 5 p.m. for the Pac-12 title. The teams split their two regular-season matches. The Trojans are coming off their fifth NCAA team title in six years.
   In the women's individual tournament, fourth-seeded Klara Fabikova of Cal trounced Jennifer Brady of UCLA 6-0, 6-1 to reach the semifinals. Brady, who won the $25,000 Redding Challenger last September, is ranked No. 208 in the world.
   Fabikova, a junior from the Czech Republic, will play top-seeded Giuliana Olmos of USC today at 10:30 a.m. Olmos, a junior from Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area, topped sixth-seeded Desirae Krawczyk of Arizona State 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
   In the other semifinal, Zoe Scandalis of USC will face Catherine Harrison of UCLA at 10:30 a.m.
   None of the top three women in the country -- No. 1 Robin Anderson of UCLA, No. 2 Carol Zhao of Stanford or No. 3 Maegan Manasse of Cal -- played singles. Nor did No. 17 Taylor Davidson of Stanford. Anderson didn't play doubles, either.
   The doubles semifinals feature two Stanford-Cal matchups. Top-seeded Davidson and Zhao will play third-seeded Manasse and Denise Starr, and second-seeded Fabikova and Zsofi Susanyi will battle fourth-seeded Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay of Stanford.
   Big Sky Conference Championships in Gold River -- The fifth-seeded Sacramento State men suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to fourth-seeded Montana State in the quarterfinals at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento area. With the score tied 3-3, Niklas Brandes edged Sean Kolar 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 (tiebreaker scores not available).
   The top-seeded Sac State women, who received a first-round bye, are scheduled to play fourth-seeded Northern Arizona in the semifinals today at 2 p.m.
   West Coast Conference Championships in San Diego -- All four semifinal teams from Northern California lost in the men's and women's tournaments.
  In the men's bracket, second-seeded Pepperdine dominated third-seeded USF 4-1, and top-seeded San Diego overwhelmed fourth-seeded Pacific 4-0.
   On the women's side, second-seeded Portland hammered third-seeded USF 4-0, and top-seeded Pepperdine whipped fourth-seeded Saint Mary's 4-0. 
   Big West Conference Championships in Indian Wells -- The UC Davis men and women were eliminated.
   The second-seeded men lost to third-seeded UC Santa Barbara 4-1 in the semifinals, and the sixth-seeded women fell to third-seeded UCSB 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
   Mountain West Conference Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. -- Top-seeded Fresno State women and third-seeded San Jose State easily advanced to the women's semifinals.
   The Bulldogs will meet fifth-seeded Wyoming, and the Spartans will take on second-seeded New Mexico.

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