Saturday, May 9, 2015

Stanford men end NCAA losing streak

   Now that's more like it.
   After uncharacteristically losing in the first round of the NCAA Championships for the past two years, the No. 23 Stanford men opened the 2015 tournament with a 4-2 victory over No. 41 Tennessee on Friday in Durham, N.C.
   The Cardinal has won 17 NCAA men's team titles, second to USC's 21, but none since 2000. Paul Goldstein replaced John Whitlinger as the coach after last season.
   Freshman David Wilczynski clinched the victory for Stanford (18-6). Wilczynski, the first player in school history to compete in at least one match at all six singles positions, outlasted Jack Schipanski 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at the No. 3 spot.
   The Cardinal will face 10th-ranked Duke (23-6) on the Blue Devils' home courts today at 10 a.m. PDT.
   The No. 25 Cal men, meanwhile, whipped Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4-0 in Austin, Texas. The Bears (19-8) will meet host Texas (20-6), ranked ninth, today at 11 a.m.
   The No. 3 Cal and No. 14 Stanford women advanced with 4-0 home victories. The Bears overwhelmed Bryant of Smithfield, R.I., at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley, and the Cardinal dismissed Stony Brook (N.Y.) at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
   Cal (21-3) will play at home against No. 33 Mississippi State (16-11) today at noon, and host Stanford (16-5) will take on No. 19 Pepperdine (18-6) at 1 p.m.
   The Cardinal routed the Waves 6-1 on April 12 at Stanford.

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