Friday, May 26, 2017

Stanford's Fawcett tops Cal's Lakat in NCAAs

   No. 8 seed Tom Fawcett of Stanford defeated No. 9-16 Florian Lakat of Cal 7-5, 7-5 today to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
   Fawcett, a 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) junior from Winnetka, Ill., is scheduled to meet unseeded Alex Ghilea of Oklahoma on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT. Ghilea, a 5-foot-11 (1.80-meter) senior from Romania, ousted No. 3 seed Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest 7-6 (5), 7-5.
   The top seed, Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State, also lost. No. 9-16 seed Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of three-time reigning NCAA champion Virginia defeated Torpegaard, last year's runner-up to UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald, 6-1, 7-6 (3).
   McDonald, who grew up in Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, turned pro last June after becoming the first man since Mathias Boeker of Georgia in 2001 to sweep the NCAA singles and doubles  titles.
   Lakat, a senior from France, also lost in his bid to reach the doubles quarterfinals for the second consecutive year with Filip Bergevi. Seeded 5-8, they fell to unseeded Jerry Lopez and Reese Stalder of Texas Christian 6-3, 6-4.
   In the third round of women's singles in Athens, unseeded Sara Daavettila of North Carolina eliminated No. 9-16 seed Karla Popovic of Cal 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
   Cal's Maya Jansen and Maegan Manasse advanced to the doubles quarterfinals, beating Martina Frantova and Anna Rogers of North Carolina State 6-4, 7-6 (6).
   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.
   Jansen and Manasse are set to face the defending champions, unseeded Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan of NCAA champion Florida, on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
   No. 3 seeds Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi of Kentucky edged Hadley Berg and Paige Cline, South Carolina teammates from the Bay Area, 2-6, 7-6 (6) [10-5].
  Video streaming and live scoring of the NCAA Championships are available here.

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