Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cal women remain No. 1 despite loss to Stanford

   The Cal women remained No. 1 in this week's college rankings despite suffering their first loss of the season.
   The Bears fell to archrival Stanford 4-3 on Saturday at Stanford to drop to 19-1 overall and 7-1 in the Pacific-12 Conference. The Cardinal (13-5, 8-1) rose from No. 17 to No. 13 with the upset.
   Stanford's Caroline Lampl won the clinching match against Cal, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 over 114th-ranked Olivia Hauger on Court 5 in a battle of freshmen. Lampl leads the Cardinal with five clinching wins this season.
   No. 87 Caroline Doyle, a junior from San Francisco, had saved five match points in a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over No. 68 Lynn Chi, the 2014 NCAA runner-up, on Court 3 that gave Stanford a 3-2 lead.
   Stanford will meet USC on Wednesday in Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-12 title. The Pac-12 Championships also begin Wednesday in Ojai.
   The Virginia men (22-3, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), featuring sophomore Collin Altamirano of Sacramento, remained No. 1. The Cavaliers will defend their NCAA title next month in Tulsa, Okla.
   UCLA (20-2, 7-0), with junior Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, improved two places to No. 2.
   Cal (15-5, 5-2) stayed at No. 16, and Stanford (13-9, 4-3) dropped three spots to No. 32.

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