Sunday, April 28, 2019

Stanford women win Pac-12 title; Cal men lose in final

   The Stanford women rallied to win their fourth consecutive Pac-12 title on Saturday in Ojai, Calif., but Cal lost to USC in the men's final.
   The Cardinal women (22-1), seeded first and ranked fifth, defeated UCLA (18-7), seeded second and ranked ninth, 4-2 for their 17th straight victory.
   Stanford's Melissa Lord won in straight sets on Court 2 to tie the score 2-2. Michaela Gordon, a sophomore from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, made it 3-2 with a victory in straight sets on Court 1. Emily Arbuthnott beat Alaina Miller, a senior from Saratoga, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-0 on Court 4 for the clincher.
   The Cal men (14-12), seeded fourth and ranked 33rd, fell to USC (20-7), seeded second and ranked eighth, 4-0. The Bears had stunned UCLA, the top seed and defending champion, 4-1 on Friday to become the lowest-seeded team to reach the Pac-12 final since the men's team championship began in 2012. 
   The Stanford women and USC men earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, May 16-25 in Orlando, Fla. The fields will be announced on Monday at 3 p.m. (live streaming on NCAA.com). 

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