Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stanford's Fawcett reaches NCAA semifinals

Stanford's Tom Fawcett, playing in the $100,000 Fairfield (Calif.) Chal-
lenger last October, defeated Alex Ghilea of Oklahoma today in the
quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. Photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 8 seed Tom Fawcett of Stanford outclassed unseeded Alex Ghilea of Oklahoma 6-2, 6-2 today in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
   Even though Fawcett, a 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) junior from Winnetka, Ill., has not lost a set in four matches, he said on georgiadogs.com: "I'm really tired right now; it's pretty hot. I think I played well (against Ghilea). I really tried to make the points short and not get too tired out there today, which I think I did pretty well. I won a lot of the deuce points today, which was big."
   Fawcett is scheduled to play No. 9-16 seed Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of three-time reigning NCAA champion Virginia on Sunday at 9 a.m. PDT. Kwiatkowski, a senior from Charlotte, N.C., outlasted No. 5 Christopher Eubanks of Georgia Tech 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
   No. 2 seed Nuno Borges of Mississippi State will meet No. 9-16 William Blumberg of North Carolina in the other semifinal.
   Meanwhile, Maya Jansen and Maegan Manasse of Cal beat defending champions Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan of NCAA titlist Florida 7-6 (3), 6-2 in a matchup of unseeded teams in the women's doubles quarterfinals.
   Jansen and Manasse are set to meet unseeded Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase of Ohio State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Di Lorenzo and Kowase ousted No. 3 seeds Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi of Kentucky 6-3, 7-5.
   Jansen, a graduate student, won the NCAA doubles crown with Alabama teammate Erin Routliffe in 2014 and 2015. Manasse advanced to last year's final with Denise Starr.
   In the women's singles semis, No. 6 Belinda Woolcock of Florida will face unseeded Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami, and No. 9-16 Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt will play unseeded Brienne Minor of Michigan.
   Video streaming and live scoring of the NCAA Championships are available here.

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