Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cal, Stanford women to meet in NCAA Round of 16

   The Cal and Stanford women are headed to a showdown in the NCAA Championships, while their male counterparts are headed home.
   The third-ranked Cal women advanced to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 triumph over No. 33 Mississippi State on Saturday at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley.
   Across San Francisco Bay, the No. 14 Stanford women dominated No. 19 Pepperdine 4-1 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
   In other women's matches, No. 1 USC women (22-2) trounced Youngstown State 4-0 at USC, and No. 40 Saint Mary's lost to No. 26 Northwestern 4-0 at UCLA. USC's Giuliana Olmos, a junior from Fremont, is ranked 14th nationally.
   Stanford (17-5) and Cal (22-3) will meet in the Round of 16 for the second straight year on Friday at 10 a.m. PDT in Waco, Texas. The Cardinal won 4-3 last May in Atlanta. The Bears swept this year's regular-season series, 4-3 at Stanford on March 1 and 5-2 in Berkeley on April 18.
   On the men's side, No. 23 Stanford and No. 26 Cal each lost 4-1 to top-10 teams playing on their home courts. The Cardinal (18-7) fell to No. 10 Duke in Durham, N.C., and the Bears (19-9) succumbed to No. 9 Texas in Austin, Texas.
   Advancing to the men's Round of 16 with 4-0 victories were No. 3 Virginia, featuring freshman Collin Altamirano of Sacramento, and No. 16 UCLA, with sophomore Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont. McDonald is ranked third and Altamirano 77th.
   On Thursday in Waco, Virginia (25-3) will face No. 17 Columbia (16-5), and UCLA (17-9) will take on No. 1 Oklahoma (26-2).

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