Friday, April 26, 2019

Cal men, Stanford women reach Pac-12 finals

   The fourth-seeded Cal men made history today with their 4-1 victory over top seed and defending champion UCLA in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif.
   The Bears, who had been 0-2 against UCLA this season, became the lowest-seeded team to reach the Pac-12 final since the men's team championship began in 2012.
   Jacob Brumm, a sophomore from Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area, clinched the victory for 33rd-ranked Cal (14-11) over eighth-ranked UCLA (17-5) by defeating Ben Goldberg 6-3, 6-2 on Court 5.
   The Bears will meet second-seeded USC (19-7), which beat third-seeded Stanford (17-6) 4-2, on Saturday at 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network). The conference champion receives an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships.
   On the women's side, defending NCAA and Pac-12 champion Stanford will face UCLA in the final for the second consecutive year at noon (Pac-12 Network).
   The top-seeded Cardinal (21-1) blanked fourth-seeded USC 4-0 for its 16th consecutive victory, and the second-seeded Bruins (18-6) edged third-seeded Washington 4-3.
   UCLA senior Alaina Miller, a senior from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, lost to Natsuho Arakawa 7-5, 6-4 on Court 4. Miller did not play doubles.
   Stanford seeks its fourth straight Pac-12 title.

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