Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NorCal collegians help U.S. beat France for title

Mackenzie McDonald, a UCLA junior from Piedmont
in the San Francisco Bay Area, led the United States to
a 4-1 win over France. 2015 file photo by Paul Bauman
   The United States, featuring several players with Northern California ties, defeated host France 4-1 on Sunday in Rennes for its fifth straight championship in the Master'U BNP Paribas.
   Mackenzie McDonald, a UCLA junior from Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, beat Gregory Jacq 6-4, 7-6 (tiebreaker score not available) at No. 1 men's singles.
   Cal's Maegan Manasse and Florida's Brooke Austin topped Alice Bacquie and Clemence Fayol 7-5, 6-1. Manasse fell to Victoria Larrier 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 women's singles.
   The Americans opened the tournament with a 7-0 victory over Great Britain in the quarterfinals and followed with a 4-3 win over Germany.
   The U.S. team consisted of three men (McDonald, Tom Fawcett of Stanford and Austin Smith of Georgia) and three women (Manasse, Austin and Danielle Collins of Virginia).
   McDonald reached the semifinals of the $100,000 Tiburon (Calif.) Challenger and quarterfinals of the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger in October.
   Austin advanced to the semis of the $50,000 Sacramento Challenger in July, and Collins won the 2014 NCAA singles title.

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