Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stanford women beat USC for Pac-12 title

  The No. 13 Stanford women defeated No. 19 USC 4-2 today in Ojai, Calif., to win the Pacific-12 Conference title.
   The Cardinal (14-5, 9-1) earned its 25th conference crown, but first since 2012, and the right to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Championships on May 13-14.
   Stanford overcame a 2-0 deficit against USC (12-5, 7-1) in the makeup of the March 11 match at Stanford that was rained out.
   No. 33 Carol Zhao, last year's NCAA runner-up to Jamie Loeb of North Carolina, launched the comeback with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 24 Giuliana Olmos of Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area on Court 1. 
   Stanford then picked up victories from No. 40 Taylor Davidson on Court 2 and freshmen Melissa Lord on Court 6 and Caroline Lampl on Court 5. 
   It was Lampl's team-high six clinching win and second in a row as host Stanford handed top-ranked Cal its only loss of the regular season, 4-3, on Saturday. 
   Stanford has won a record 17 NCAA team titles. Florida is next with six.
   The Pac-12 Women's Championships (individual singles and doubles) begin Thursday in Ojai.    
   The Pac-12 Men's Championships (team) started today in Ojai. No. 5 seed Oregon blanked No. 8 Arizona 4-0, and No. 6 Washington edged No. 7 Utah 4-3.
   In Thursday's matches,  No. 4 Stanford will face Oregon at noon, and No. 3 Cal will meet Washington at 3 p.m. No. 1 UCLA, with 10th-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont in the Bay Area, and No. 2 USC have byes until Friday's semifinals. 
NO. 13 STANFORD WOMEN 4, NO. 19 USC 2
In Ojai, Calif.
Doubles
   1. No. 7 Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith (USC) def. No. 5 Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle, 6-3.
   2. Melissa Lord and Carol Zhao (Stanford) led No. 80 Zoe Katz and Madison Westby, 6-5, unfinished.
   3. Jessica Failla and Rianna Valdes (USC) def. No. 67 Krista Hardebeck and Caroline Lampl, 6-1.
   Order of finish: 3, 1
Singles
   1. No. 33 Carol Zhao (Stanford) def. No. 24 Giuliana Olmos, 6-4, 6-2.
   2. No. 40 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. No. 116 Madison Westby, 6-1, 7-5.
   3. Zoe Katz (USC) def. No. 82 Caroline Doyle, 6-4, 6-1.
   4. No. 93 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) led Gabby Smith, 6-4, 3-6, 5-0, unfinished.
   5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Jessica Failla, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.
   6. Melissa Lord (Stanford) def. No. 115 Rianna Valdes, 7-5, 7-6 (1).
   Order of finish: 3, 1, 2, 6, 5

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