Friday, May 22, 2015

Cal, Stanford women reach last 16 in NCAA singles

   Two women from Cal and one from Stanford reached the round of 16 on Thursday in the NCAA Singles Championships in Waco, Texas.
   Advancing on a chilly day, in contrast to Wednesday's heat and humidity, were fourth-seeded Maegan Manasse and unseeded Zsofi Susanyi of the Bears and second-seeded Carol Zhao of the Cardinal.
   Falling in the second round were No. 9-16 seed Giuliana Olmos of USC and Fremont and unseeded Caroline Doyle of Stanford and San Francisco.
   Manasse eliminated Alabama's Erin Routliffe, the defending champion in doubles with Maya Jansen, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. Susanyi, a semifinalist as a freshman, upset No. 9-16 seed Julia Jones of Mississippi 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
   Susanyi, a senior from Hungary, became an All-American for the fifth time (three in singles and two in doubles) by reaching the round of 16 as an unseeded player. All seeds automatically earn All-America status.
   Susanyi will face Zhao, who crushed Sophie Watts of Fresno State 6-0, 6-2. Zhao, a sophomore from Canada, has lost only four games in two matches.
   Unseeded Chanelle Van Nguyen, a 2014 quarterfinalist from UCLA, demolished sixth-seeded Julia Elbaba, the 2014 National Indoor champion from Virginia, 6-2, 6-0.
    Olmos lost to Natalie Beazant of Rice 6-2, 6-4, and Doyle succumbed to top-seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA by the same score.
   Meanwhile, the top two men's seeds lost. Top-seeded Axel Alvarez Llamas of Oklahoma fell to Tony Lupieri of Baylor 6-4, 6-4, and No. 2 Julian Lenz of host Baylor was ousted by Jonny Wang, who walked on at USC, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.
   Also, Cameron Norrie of Texas Christian surprised No. 6 Soren Hess-Olesen, a 2014 semifinalist from Texas, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
   After two rounds, No. 5 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer of Louisville is the highest remaining seed.
   All four women's doubles teams from Cal and Stanford reached the second round. Moving on were No. 2 Taylor Davidson-Zhao, Doyle-Ellen Tsay (Pleasanton), No. 5-8 Manasse-Starr and No. 5-8 Klara Fabikova-Susanyi. Also advancing was the USC team of Olmos and Zoe Scandalis.
   In men's doubles, No. 5-8 seeds John Morrissey and Robert Stineman of Stanford lost to Marko Krickovic and Lukas Ollert of Auburn 7-5, 6-3. And UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont and Martin Redlicki fell to Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle of LSU 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4.
   Second-seeded Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz of USC lost to Lloyd Glasspool and Hess-Olesen of Texas 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, and No. 3 Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane of NCAA champion Virginia dropped a 6-1, 6-7 (4), 7-5 decision to Harry Jadun and John Patrick Mullane of Michigan State.


  1. Paul, you forgot to mention that Ellen Tsay is from Pleasanton. #GoCard