Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stanford men stun fifth-ranked USC

   The Stanford men appear to be back under first-year coach Paul Goldstein. 
   Thanks to John Morrissey's dramatic victory, the 36th-ranked Cardinal stunned No. 5 USC 4-3 on Saturday at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium for its ninth straight victory.
   Morrissey, a senior from Ireland ranked 100th, surprised No. 19 Roberto Quiroz 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3 at the No. 2 position in the deciding match after trailing 5-2 in the second set.
   No. 41 Tom Fawcett, a 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) freshman from Winnetka, Ill., had given Stanford a 3-2 lead with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 6 Yannick Hanfmann on Court 1.
   Stanford (15-4, 6-0 Pacific-12 Conference) avenged a 6-1 loss to USC (19-4, 5-1) on Feb. 27 in Los Angeles. The Trojans are coming off their fifth NCAA team title in six years.
   The Cardinal earned its first victory over USC in four years overall and in nine years at home. Stanford also completed its first sweep of USC and UCLA in six years after upsetting the No. 15 Bruins 4-3 on Friday.
   Stanford clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title for the first time since 2010. The Cardinal can win its first outright conference crown since 2003 with a victory over No. 27 Cal (16-7, 4-2) next Saturday at Stanford.
   Stanford has won 17 NCAA men's team titles, second to USC's 21, but none since 2000. The Cardinal has lost in the first round of the NCAA Championships in the past two years.
   No. 15 UCLA def. No. 27 Cal 4-1 in Berkeley. Records: UCLA 14-7, 5-1 Pac-12; Cal 16-7, 4-2.
   No. 58 USF def. Saint Mary's 4-1 in San Francisco. Records: USF 12-7, 5-3 West Coast Conference; Saint Mary's 4-15, 1-6.
   No. 68 UC Davis def. No. 65 UC Santa Barbara 4-3 in Davis. Records: UC Davis 15-4, 3-0 Big West Conference; UCSB 10-8, 2-2.
   Portland State def. Sacramento State 4-3 in Vancouver, Wash. Records: Portland State 6-11, 3-6 Big Sky Conference; Sac State 10-12, 7-4.
   Pacific def. Santa Clara 5-2 in Stockton. Records: Pacific 8-14, 5-2 WCC. Santa Clara 6-12, 1-6.
   No. 13 Stanford def. Washington State 7-0 at Stanford. Records: Stanford 14-4, 7-2 Pac-12; Washington State 12-11, 0-9.
   USF def. No. 41 Saint Mary's 4-3 in San Francisco. Records: USF 11-7, 6-2 WCC; Saint Mary's 11-8, 5-2.
   Santa Clara def. Pacific 4-3 in Santa Clara. Records: Santa Clara 7-9, 3-4 WCC; Pacific 8-10, 2-5.
   UC Davis def. Stanislaus State 7-0 in Davis. Records: UC Davis 10-11, Stanislaus State 4-12.

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