Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Stanford men, women could go far in NCAAs

   The Stanford men and women could make deep runs in this month's NCAA Tournament.
   The Cardinal men (21-3) are seeded fourth, and the 15th-seeded women (18-3) have a 14-match winning streak after struggling with injuries early in the season.
   In the first round on May 12 at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium, the Cardinal men will meet New Mexico State at 1 p.m., and Duke will play Mississippi at 10 a.m.. The two winners will meet on May 13 at 2 p.m. at Stanford.
   The NCAA announced the 64-team men's and women's brackets today.
   Stanford completed its best regular season in 17 years under fourth-year coach Paul Goldstein. The fourth-ranked Cardinal has won 17 NCAA team titles, second to USC's 21 and one ahead of UCLA, but none since 2000. Stanford will face New Mexico State (16-8) for the first time.
   All first- and second-round men's and women's matches are played at campus sites. The final 16 men's and 16 women's teams advance to the NCAA Championships, May 17-22 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships are set for May 23-28 in Winston-Salem.
   The Cal men (11-9), ranked No. 32, will take on No. 22 North Carolina State (17-8) for the first time on May 11 at 11 a.m. PDT in Austin, Texas. Texas, seeded 11th and ranked 15th, will host Bryant at 2 p.m.
   Second-seeded UCLA (26-2), with senior Logan Staggs of Tracy at No. 4 singles, will host Idaho (15-7) on May 12 at noon.
   In the first round of the women's tournament, Stanford will host St. John's (17-5) on May 11 at 2 p.m. The Cardinal leads all schools with 18 NCAA team titles (Florida is next with seven). Stanford has reached the last two finals and five of the last eight, winning in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
   Michaela Gordon, a freshman from Saratoga, plays No. 1 singles and doubles for the Cardoma;. She is ranked 16th in singles and second in doubles with sophomore Emily Arburthnott of England.
   In another first-round match at Stanford on May 11, Michigan (17-9) will meet Hawaii (12-6) at 11 a.m. The winners of the two matches will meet on May 12 at 4 p.m.
   Twelfth-seeded UCLA (20-5), with junior Alaina Miller of Saratoga at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles, will host Fresno State (12-12) on May 11 at 1 p.m.

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