Friday, May 11, 2018

Cal men upset N.C. State in first round of NCAAs

   The No. 34 Cal men defeated No. 24 North Carolina State 4-1 today in Austin, Texas, in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
   Paul Barretto, a freshman from Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area, clinched the victory with a 7-5, 6-4 decision over Robert Turzak on Court 5.
   Seniors Billy Griffith of Fresno and J.T. Nishimura of San Jose won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, for Cal, which had lost the doubles point.
   The Bears (12-9) will meet host Texas, ranked 12th, on Saturday at 1 p.m. PDT for the right to advance to the round of 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Longhorns (18-6) dismissed Bryant of Smithfield, R.I., 4-0.
   In the first round of the NCAA women's tournament, No. 15 Stanford routed St. John's 4-0 at Stanford for its 15th consecutive victory. Michaela Gordon, a Cardinal freshman from Saratoga in the Bay Area, led at No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles when her matches were abandoned.
   The Cardinal (19-3), last year's runner-up to Florida, will host No. 17 Michigan on Saturday at 4 p.m. for a berth in Winston-Salem. The Wolverines (18-9) dispatched Hawaii 4-0 at Stanford.
   No. 14 UCLA dominated Fresno State 4-0 in Los Angeles. The Bruins' Alaina Miller, a junior from Saratoga who uses two hands on both sides, won easily at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.
   UCLA (21-5) will play No. 25 Baylor on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Los Angeles. The Bears topped No. 36 North Carolina State 4-3 to improve to 18-13.

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