Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stanford women fall in NCAA quarterfinals

   The Stanford women's magic ran out.
   The 14th-ranked Cardinal lost to No. 7 Georgia 4-1 today in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in Waco, Texas.
   Freshman Kennedy Shaffer provided the clincher, holding off junior Krista Hardebeck 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 on Court 4.
   Stanford (18-6) had won 10 of its last 11 NCAA matches as the lower seed. The Cardinal won the 2010 NCAA championship as the No. 8 seed and two years ago became the lowest-seeded team at No. 12 to win an NCAA title, the school reported on gostanford.com.
   The Stanford women have won 17 NCAA team titles, almost three times more than second-place Florida (six). The Cardinal's six losses are its most since a 20-6 finish in 1983.
   In Monday's semifinals, Georgia (24-6) will face No. 6 and defending champion UCLA (22-4), and No. 1 USC (25-2) will meet No. 4 Vanderbilt (23-6).
   The Trojans, with Giuliana Olmos of Fremont, defeated No. 9 and host Baylor 4-1.  
No. 7 Georgia 4, No. 14 Stanford 1
Doubles
   1. No. 11 Lauren Herring and Ellen Perez (Georgia) def. No. 2 Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao 8-2.
   2. No. 10 Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay (Stanford) vs. No. 43 Garcia/Shaffer, abandoned.
   3. Mariana Gould and Hannah King (Georgia) def. Krista Hardebeck and Lindsey Kostas 8-2.
   Order of finish: 1, 3
Singles
   1. No. 2 Carol Zhao (Stanford) vs. No. 5 Lauren Herring, abandoned.
   2. No. 19 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. No. 63 Ellen Perez 6-2, 6-4.
   3. No. 94 Silvia Garcia (Georgia) def. No. 25 Caroline Doyle 6-2, 6-2.
   4. No. 59 Kennedy Shaffer (Georgia) def. No. 92 Krista Hardebeck 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.
   5. No. 88 Hannah King (Georgia) def. No. 106 Ellen Tsay 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
   6. Lindsey Kostas (Stanford) vs. No. 104 Caroline Brinson, abandoned.
   Order of finish: 3, 2, 5, 4

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