Friday, May 25, 2018

Last NorCal players eliminated from NCAA tourney

   Northern California players are done in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
   Emily Arbuthnott, a Stanford sophomore from England, and Cameron Klinger, a Vanderbilt junior from San Jose, lost today in the singles round of 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   No. 9-16 seed Astra Sharma, a Vanderbilt senior from Australia, defeated Arbuthnott 6-2, 6-4. Stanford edged Vanderbilt 4-3 on Tuesday for its second NCAA team title in three years. Sharma beat Arbuthnott in doubles; they did not meet in singles.
   No. 2 seed William Blumberg of North Carolina beat Klinger 6-4, 6-1. Blumberg reached last year's final as a freshman, losing to senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia.
   By reaching the round of 16, Arbuthnott and Klinger earned All-America status.
   Sharma will meet Mayar Sherif, a Pepperdine senior who transferred from Fresno State two years ago, on Friday. The other women's quarterfinal matchups are No. 6 seed Arianne Hartono of Mississippi against Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine, No. 9-16 Ashley Lahey of Pepperdine versus No. 9-16 Andrea Lazaro of Florida International and No. 8 Fernanda Contreras of Vanderbilt against No. 9-16 Anna Danilina of Florida.
   Blumberg will face No. 7 Borna Gojo of host and NCAA champion Wake Forest. The other men's quarterfinal matchups are No. 1 Martin Redlicki of UCLA against No. 9-16 Mazen Osama of Alabama, No. 4 Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest versus No. 6 Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State and No. 3 Nuno Borges of Mississippi State against No. 9-16 Timo Stodder of Tennessee.
   Only two women, Contreras and Lahey, and two men, Redlicki and Blumberg, in the quarterfinals are American.

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