Saturday, February 24, 2018

Cal's Griffith pulls upset, but No. 2 Stanford coasts

   Cal's Billy Griffith scored a big upset, but No. 2 Stanford defeated the No. 36 Bears 4-1 today in Berkeley.
   Griffith, a senior from Fresno ranked 79th, beat Tom Fawcett, ranked 14th, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Court 1.
   No. 32 Axel Geller, a freshman from Argentina, clinched the match for the Cardinal (10-1) with a 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-3 victory over J.T. Nishimura, a senior from San Jose, on Court 2.
   Geller, who ended 2017 as the world's top junior, is featured in "Faces in the Crowd" in this week's Sports Illustrated.
   Several Stanford players will compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla next weekend before dual-match play resumes against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., on March 8.
   Cal (3-4) will play at San Diego State on Thursday and then in the Pacific Coast Doubles tournament.

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