Saturday, May 12, 2018

No. 15 Stanford women coast into NCAA Sweet 16

   The 15th-ranked Stanford women rolled into the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Championships with a 4-0 victory over No. 17 Michigan today at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
   It was the 16th consecutive victory for Stanford (20-3).
   On Court 1, No. 29 Kate Fahey of Michigan led No. 15 Michaela Gordon, a freshman from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, 7-5, 1-5 when their match was abandoned.
   No. 40 Melissa Lord of Stanford routed Brienne Minor, the defending NCAA singles champion, 6-1, 6-2 on Court 2 to improve to 11-0 in NCAA team matches.
   No. 3 Emily Arbuthnott and Gordon lost to Fahey and Minor 6-4 in doubles on Court 1.
   Stanford improved to 40-5 in May since 2010, a stretch that has produced three of its record 18 NCAA team titles. The Cardinal will need every bit of its NCAA karma when it takes on No. 2 North Carolina (28-3) on Thursday in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   In Los Angeles, No. 12 UCLA blitzed No. 25 Baylor 4-0 to reach the last 16. The Bruins' Alaina Miller, a junior from Saratoga, coasted to victories at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.
   UCLA (22-5) will face No. 4 Mississippi (22-6) on Thursday in Winston-Salem.
   Also at Stanford today, the fourth-ranked Cardinal men routed New Mexico State 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
   Stanford (22-3) will face No. 38 Mississippi on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Stanford. The Rebels (15-12) edged No. 28 Duke 4-3.
   No. 34 Cal lost to No. 12 and host Texas 4-0 in Austin in the second round.
   Bears seniors Billy Griffith of Fresno and J.T. Nishimura of San Jose did not finish their matches at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. No. 110 Christian Sigsgaard led No. 54 Griffith 7-5, 5-2, and No. 52 Yuya Ito led Nishimura 4-6, 6-4, 1-0.
   Cal's Paul Barretto, a freshman from Tiburon in the Bay Area, lost to No. 104 Rodrigo Banzer 6-4, 6-0 on Court 5. The Bears' No. 3 through 6 singles players are freshmen.
   No. 2 UCLA, with senior Logan Staggs of Tracy, blanked Idaho 4-0 in Los Angeles in the first round. Staggs was tied with Guilherme Scarpelli at one set apiece on Court 4 when their match was halted. Staggs did not play doubles.
   The Bruins (27-2) will host No. 39 San Diego on Sunday. The Toreros (17-8) eliminated No. 30 Texas Tech 4-2 in Los Angeles.

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