Saturday, May 19, 2018

Stanford women upset Georgia to reach NCAA semis

   The Stanford women beat another higher-seeded team in the NCAA Championships today, and it wasn't even close.
   The No. 15 Cardinal routed No. 7 Georgia 4-0 to reach the semifinals in Winston-Salem, N.C. Stanford (22-3) has won 18 matches in a row and 18 of its last 21 NCAA matches as the lower seed.
   Stanford received singles wins from, in chronological order, No. 40 Melissa Lord on Court 2, No. 93 Caroline Lampl on Court 3 and No. 43 Emily Arbuthnott on Court 4.
   The Cardinal's Michaela Gordon, a freshman from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, did not finish her matches at No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles. She is ranked third in doubles with Arbuthnott and 15th in singles.
   Stanford will seek its third consecutive berth in the final when it faces No. 3 Duke (27-3) on Monday at 9 a.m. PDT. The Cardinal lost to Florida 4-1 last year in Athens, Ga., and beat Oklahoma State 4-3 in 2016 in Tulsa, Okla. Stanford has won a record 18 NCAA team titles, 11 more than second-place Florida.
   Duke beat No. 11 Texas Tech, with junior Felicity Maltby of Sunnyvale in the Bay Area, 4-1. Maltby won at No. 2 doubles to help the Red Raiders lead 1-0 but lost to Meible Chi at No. 2 singles 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Chi and Maltby are ranked No. 55 and No. 58, respectively, in singles.
   In the other semifinal, No. 2 Vanderbilt (26-3) is scheduled to meet No. 4 Georgia Tech (25-5) on Monday, also at 9 a.m. PDT.
   The Yellow Jackets nipped No. 14 UCLA, with junior Alaina Miller of Saratoga, 4-3 after trailing 3-1. Miller won at No. 3 doubles as the Bruins won the point and at No. 6 singles. Miller, ranked No. 121 in singles, defeated Victoria Flores 6-3, 6-4 on Court 6.

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