Sunday, May 13, 2018

No. 4 Stanford men stunned at home in NCAA thriller

   William Genesen had three match points to send the Stanford men to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   But Mississippi's Finn Reynolds, a freshman from New Zealand, survived the predicament and went on to beat Genesen, a sophomore from Tulsa, Okla., 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2 on Court 6 and give the No. 38 Rebels a 4-3 victory over the No. 4 Cardinal today at Stanford. Genesen led 2-0 in the third set.
  Mississippi (16-12) went ahead 2-0, but the Cardinal (22-4) rallied for a 3-2 advantage. No. 33 Tim Sandkaulen defeated No. 83 Axel Geller, a freshman from Argentina who reached No. 1 in the world junior rankings last November, 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Court 2 to tie the score before Reynolds' heroics.
   No. 16 Columbia, with three Northern California players, beat three-time defending champion Virginia 4-2 in New York on Saturday to reach the last 16.
   No. 27 Victor Pham, a junior from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, lost to No. 24 Carl Soderlund 6-1, 7-6 (5) on Court 1. Austen Huang, a freshman from Elk Grove in the Sacramento area, defeated Matthew Lord 6-4, 6-1 on Court 5. Alex Keyser, a sophomore from Danville in the Bay Area, did not play.
   Columbia (19-4) will face top-ranked Wake Forest (27-2) on Friday in Winston-Salem.  
   No. 2 UCLA, with senior Logan Staggs of Tracy (near San Francisco), dominated No. 39 San Diego 4-0 today.
   No. 22 Vanderbilt, with junior Cameron Klinger of San Jose, lost to No. 9 Illinois 4-0 in Champaign, Ill. Klinger fell at No. 1 singles and doubles.
   On Saturday, No. 15 Stanford and three other women's teams with NorCal players advanced to the Sweet 16 in Winston-Salem.
   No. 10 South Carolina features senior Hadley Berg of Greenbrae and junior Paige Cline of Kentfield. Playing for No. 11 Texas Tech is junior Felicity Maltby of Sunnyvale. Also, No. 14 UCLA has junior Alaina Miller of Saratoga.

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