Saturday, May 18, 2019

Stanford women reach fourth consecutive NCAA final

Janice Shin, shown on May 5, and Michaela Gordon won within 11 seconds of
each other to give No. 3 Stanford a 5-2 victory over No. 2 North Carolina today
in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships in Orlando, Fla. Photo by Mal Taam
   A rare double-clinch put the Stanford women in their fourth consecutive NCAA final.
   Michaela Gordon and Janice Shin won within seconds of each other to give the No. 3 Cardinal a 5-2 victory over No. 2 North Carolina today in the NCAA Championships in Orlando, Fla.
   Stanford (27-1), the defending champion, extended its winning streak to 22 matches and ended the Tar Heels' at 24. North Carolina ended the season at 33-2.
   No. 108 Shin, a sophomore from Houston, defeated Jessie Aney 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Court 5 at the USTA National Campus 11 seconds before No. 24 Gordon, a sophomore from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, topped No. 5 Makenna Jones 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Court 1. But because both concluding points were in progress simultaneously, Shin and Gordon were credited with clinching victories, according to gostanford.com.
   Shin improved to 7-0 in the NCAA Championships, and Gordon defeated the highest-ranked player of her career. However, Caroline Lampl's winning streak ended at 23 matches on Court 3.
   No. 20 Emily Arbuthnott and Gordon lost to No. 12 Jones and Cameron Morra 6-4, but Stanford won the doubles point. No. 29 Melissa Lord made it 2-0 with her 100th career singles victory, 6-1, 6-3 over No. 7 Alexa Graham on Court 2. No. 119 Sara Choy, a late substitution as a freshman from Palo Alto, increased the lead to 3-0 with a 7-5, 6-1 decision over Alle Sanford on Court 6.
   North Carolina rallied for 3-2 before falling short.
   Stanford will seek its third NCAA title in four years when it faces No. 1 Georgia on Sunday not before 2 p.m. PDT (Tennis Channel). The Bulldogs (28-1) beat No. 5 Duke 4-2.
   Georgia edged Stanford 4-3 on Feb. 11 in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle.
   Stanford leads all schools with 19 of a possible 37 NCAA titles. Florida ranks second with seven, and Georgia is tied for third with three other schools at two.
   This will be Georgia's fourth NCAA final, all against Stanford. The Cardinal won in 1987, but the Bulldogs prevailed in 1994 and 2000.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Stanford women beat Pepperdine in NCAA quarters

Emily Arbuthnott, shown on May 5, clinched No. 3 Stanford's 4-1 victory over No. 6
Pepperdine today in the NCAA Championships in Orlando, Fla. Photo by Mal Taam
   After losing the doubles point, the No. 3 Stanford women won four consecutive singles matches to defeat No. 6 Pepperdine 4-1 today in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in Orlando, Fla.
   It's the fifth time this season that the Cardinal (26-1) has triumphed after losing the doubles point, according to gostanford.com. In fact, Stanford has won 20 of 25 matches after trailing 1-0 since 2016.
   Pepperdine (24-4) won both completed doubles matches at the USTA National Campus. No. 86 Daria Kuczer and Ashley Lahey beat No. 29 Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon, a sophomore from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, 6-4 to clinch the point.
   Defending champion Stanford then received straight-set victories from, in order, No. 108 Janice Shin on Court 5, No. 107 Emma Higuchi on Court 6, No. 29 Melissa Lord on Court 2 and No. 44 Arbuthnott on Court 4. Lord, a senior from Bloomfield, Conn., earned her 99th career singles victory.
   No. 37 Lahey, last year's NCAA singles runner-up, led No. 24 Gordon 6-4, 2-6, 2-0 on Court 1 when the match was abandoned.
   Stanford will face an even hotter team than itself when it meets No. 2 North Carolina (33-1) on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT. The Tar Heels, who have lost to the Cardinal in the NCAA Championships for the past two years, defeated No. 7 UCLA 4-1 for their 24th straight win.
   In Saturday's other semifinal, No. 1 Georgia (27-1) will play No. 5 Duke (27-3) at 3 p.m.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Gibbs to have cancer surgery, eyes quick return

Nicole Gibbs, left, and Sofia Kenin pose after the final
of the $60,000 Berkeley Tennis Club Challenge last July.
Kenin won 6-0, 6-4. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Nicole Gibbs tweeted Sunday that she will have surgery for salivary gland cancer on Friday in Los Angeles and miss the rest of the clay-court season.
   But the 26-year-old former Stanford star hopes to return for Wimbledon qualifying, June 25-27.
   According to Gibbs, her dentist noticed a growth on the roof of her mouth about a month ago and the biopsy came back positive.
   "Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment," wrote Gibbs, a resident of Venice in the Los Angeles area. "He even okayed me to play an extra couple of tournaments these past few weeks which served as a nice distraction."
   Added Gibbs: "I am feeling extremely grateful for the UCLA health network that's been taking amazing care of me, and for rock solid friends and family who are helping me every step of the way. See you back on court soon."
   A petite 5-foot-6 (1.68 meters), Gibbs is ranked No. 117 after reaching a career-high No. 68 in July 2016. She won two NCAA titles in singles and one in doubles before turning pro one year early in 2013.
   Gibbs has battled depression since high school but said last July in Berkeley that she was "doing awesome."
   Gibbs reached the singles final of the $60,000 Berkeley Tennis Club Challenge, losing to Sofia Kenin, and won the doubles title with Asia Muhammad.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Cal, Stanford men lose to high seeds in NCAA tourney

   Playing at top-five seeds in the NCAA Super Regionals proved to be too much for the Stanford and Cal men.
   No. 2 Texas routed the Bears 4-0 in Austin, Texas, and No. 5 Virginia beat No. 12 Stanford 4-2 in Charlottesville, Va. The Longhorns (26-3) and Cavaliers (24-4) advance to Thursday's quarterfinals in Orlando, Fla.
   For the first time, no Pac-12 men's team reached the NCAA quarters.
   No. 7 Christian Sigsgaard gave Texas a 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Yuta Kikuchi, the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, on Court 1.
   Cal's Paul Barretto, a sophomore from Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area, did not finish either of his matches as the Bears fell to 16-13. Colin Markes and Leonardo Telles led Barretto and Can Kaya 5-3 on Court 2, and Barretto was ahead of No. 80 Telles 6-6 (5-4) on Court 3.
   Virginia, which won four of five NCAA titles from 2013 through 2017, earned the doubles point. But Sameer Kumar and Timothy Sah gave Stanford (19-7) a 2-1 lead with straight-set victories on Court 4 and 5, respectively.
   No. 3 Carl Soderlund clinched the win for the Cavaliers, beating No. 13 Axel Geller 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 on Court 1.
   Stanford and Cal will turn their attention to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, May 20-25 in Orlando.
   Geller is seeded 9-16 in singles and unseeded in doubles with freshman Alexandre Rotsaert. Kikuchi and sophomore Jacob Brumm also are unseeded in doubles. 
   Tennis Channel will televise the remainder of the team competition as well as the singles and doubles tournaments.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Stanford women edge Kansas, gain NCAA quarters

Janice Shin, shown Sunday against Syracuse, gave third seed and host Stanford
a 4-3 victory over 14th-seeded Kansas today in an NCAA Super Regional.
Photo by Mal Taam
   The third-seeded Stanford women edged 14th-seeded Kansas 4-3 today at Taube Family Tennis Stadium to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships.
   Janice Shin, a sophomore from Houston ranked No. 108, defeated Nina Khmelnitckaia 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Court 5 to lift the defending champion Cardinal (25-1) to its 20th consecutive victory.
   No. 13 Anastasia Rychagova of Kansas (21-5) leveled the match at 3-3 with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 24 Michaela Gordon, a sophomore from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, on Court 1.
   The Jayhawks, who won the doubles point, were making their first appearance in the round of 16 since 1998.
   Stanford will face sixth-seeded Pepperdine (24-3) next Friday at a time to be determined at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. The Waves beat Central Florida 4-2 in Malibu, Calif.
   It will be the first meeting between Stanford and Pepperdine this season.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Stanford's Gordon, Cal's Kikuchi earn big Pac-12 honors

Michaela Gordon, playing in qualifying in the 2017 Sacramento Challenger,
was named the Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year as a Stanford sophomore.
Photo by Rob Vomund
   Stanford's Michaela Gordon, a sophomore from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area,
 was named the Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year on Monday.
   Cal's Yuta Kikuchi, meanwhile, was picked as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Year today.
   Gordon, who earned 2018 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year and Doubles Team of the Year honors, joined UCLA's Robin Anderson (2011-15) as the only women to win all three major Pac-12 awards.
   Gordon, ranked No. 24 nationally, is 22-9 in the top two singles spots with a seven-match winning streak, including six over ranked players.
   Third-ranked Stanford, the defending NCAA champion, placed three women on the six-player All-Pac-12 first team. Joining Gordon were seniors Caroline Lampl of Leesburg, Va., and Melissa Lord of Bloomfield, Conn.
   Stanford's Emily Arbuthnott, a junior from England, and Cal's Julia Rosenqvist, a sophomore from Sweden, made the six-player second team.
   Cal's Olivia Hauger, a senior from Tulsa, Okla., and Anna Bright, a sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla., received honorable mention.
   Kikuchi, from Japan, played No. 1 singles for most of the season, compiling a 20-14 record. He is ranked No. 28 in doubles with sophomore Jacob Brumm.
   Stanford's Axel Geller, a sophomore from Argentina, made the first team. Selected for the second team were the Cardinal's Alexandre Rotsaert, a freshman from Boca Raton, and Kikuchi.
   Stanford's William Genesen, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., received honorable mention.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Stanford women cruise into NCAA round of 16

Michaela Gordon, playing in qualifying in the 2017 Sacramento
Challenger, routed No. 14 Gabriela Knutson 6-3, 6-0 today to
help host Stanford, seeded third, beat Syracuse 4-1 in the sec-
ond round of the NCAA Championships. Photo by Rob Vomund 
   The host Stanford women, seeded third, beat Syracuse 4-1 today at Taube Family Tennis Stadium to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA Championships.
   The Cardinal (24-1) extended its winning streak to 19 matches in a quest for its second consecutive NCAA title, third in four years and 20th overall. Florida ranks second with seven NCAA crowns. No other school has won more than two.
   Michaela Gordon, a sophomore from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, gave Stanford a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Gabriela Knutson on Court 1. At No. 14, Knutson is the highest-ranked player whom No. 24 Gordon has defeated this season.
   Syracuse's victory came on Court 2 as Sofya Golubovskaya upset Melissa Lord 6-4, 6-2. Lord, a senior from Bloomfield, Conn., had been 16-0 in NCAA team competition, including the clincher in last year's final against Vanderbilt.
   Stanford will host 14th-seeded Kansas (21-4) on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Super Regionals. The Jayhawks defeated Florida 4-2 on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
   The winner of the Stanford-Kansas match will travel to Orlando, Fla., where eight teams will compete for the national title May 17-19 at the USTA National Campus.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Cal men stun No. 15 seed to reach NCAA round of 16

   The Cal men shocked host and 15th seed Illinois 4-1 today in Urbana, Ill., to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA Championships.
   Ben Draper, a sophomore from England, clinched the victory when he defeated Siphosothando Montsi, a freshman from South Africa, 6-4, 7-5 on Court 4.
   "The team has a ton of heart, and we're peaking at the right time," Cal coach Peter Wright said on calbears.com. "We've had some ups and downs this season, but we've poured ourselves into the postseason, playing well at the Pac-12 Championship and getting off to a good start at the NCAAs."
   Paul Barretto, a sophomore from Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area, helped the Bears win the doubles point with a victory on Court 2. In singles, he trailed Zeke Clark 7-5, 0-4 on Court 3 when the match was abandoned.
   Illinois freshman Keenan Mayo, who grew up in Roseville in the Sacramento region, lost 7-6 (3) in doubles on Court 3. He did not play singles.
   The 14th-ranked Bears (16-12), who have won five of their last six matches, will face second-seeded Texas (25-3) in Austin, Texas, next Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Super Regionals. The Longhorns beat South Florida 4-1 in Austin.
   The host Stanford men, seeded 12th, dominated UC Santa Barbara 4-0 at Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The Cardinal (19-6) will meet fifth-seeded Virginia (23-4) in Charlottesville, Va., next Saturday at 10 a.m. PDT.
   The third-seeded Stanford women opened the defense of their 19th NCAA title with a 4-0 victory over New Mexico State at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
   The Cardinal (23-1), which extended its winning streak to 18 matches, will host Syracuse (14-12) on Sunday at noon. The Orange eliminated Wisconsin 4-2 at Stanford.
   In Malibu, Calif., sixth seed and host Pepperdine beat Cal 4-0 for its 20th consecutive victory. The Bears ended the season with a 13-9 record.
   100th anniversary -- The Sutter Lawn Tennis Club in Sacramento celebrated its 100th anniversary on Thursday.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Three Bay Area teams advance in NCAA tourney

   The 12th-seeded Stanford men whipped visiting Fresno State 4-0 today at Taube Family Tennis Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
   The Cardinal (18-6) won both completed doubles matches 6-0 and lost no more than three games in a set in the three completed singles contests.
   "I was very pleased with our performance today," Stanford coach Paul Goldstein said on gostanford.com. "It was a mature, quality effort by our team. We have worked all year to put ourselves in a position to be hosting, and these guys played like it was their house. It was really fun to watch."
   Stanford is scheduled to play UC Santa Barbara, which surprised Texas Tech 4-1, on Saturday at 3 p.m.
   In Urbana, Ill., the Cal men (15-12) beat Drake 4-1 to set up a meeting against host Illinois, seeded 15th, on Saturday at 1 p.m. PDT.
   Keenan Mayo, a freshman who grew up in Roseville in the Sacramento area, won in doubles on Court 3 as the Illini (19-8) blanked Western Michigan 4-0. Mayo did not play singles.
   The Cal women (13-8), who topped Long Beach State 4-2, will face host Pepperdine (22-3), seeded sixth, in Malibu, Calif., on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bears defeated the then-No. 7 Waves 4-3 in Malibu on Feb. 16.
   The third-seeded Stanford women (22-1) will open their NCAA title defense on Saturday at noon against New Mexico State (15-9) at Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Syracuse (13-12) will play Wisconsin (18-5) at 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Altamirano injured, Donaldson surgery, college rankings

Sacramento's Collin Altamirano, playing in the
$100,000 Fairfield (Calif.) Challenger last October,
retired from his second-round match in the $54,160
Savannah (Ga.) Challenger with a twisted ankle.
Photo by Paul Bauman 
   Collin Altamirano was heading toward his fourth career Challenger quarterfinal.
   Then misfortune struck.
   The Sacramento native and resident twisted his left ankle and retired after losing the first set to Aleksandar Vukic of Australia 7-6 (3) today on green clay in the $54,160 Savannah (Ga.) Challenger.
   Altamirano led 5-2 with two service breaks, but Vukic fought back to 4-5 in the first meeting between the 23-year-old, 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) right-handers. With Altamirano serving for the set at deuce, he hurt his ankle running up to retrieve a sharply angled inside-out forehand.
   Altamirano hopped on his right leg to his chair and took the first of three medical timeouts. On the next point, he slugged an inside-out forehand wide for 5-5.
   Both players then held serve, despite Altamirano delivering at half-speed, to send the set to a tiebreaker, in which Vukic won the last four points.
   Altamirano broke through in the $75,000 Winnetka (Ill.) Challenger last July, reaching the semifinals as a qualifier. He advanced to the quarters in his next tournament, retiring at 2-3 in the third set against Joris De Loore of Belgium in the $75,000 Lexington (Ky.) Challenger, and in the $162,480 Newport Beach (Calif.) Challenger in January.
   Donaldson surgery -- Jared Donaldson, the runner-up in the 2015 Sacramento Challenger, underwent right knee surgery at Stanford University Medical Center on Tuesday.
   Donaldson, 22, reached the third round of the 2016 U.S. Open as a qualifier, stunning then-No. 14 David Goffin of Belgium in the first round, and attained a career-high ranking of No. 48 in March 2018.
   INTERCOLLEGIATE TENNIS ASSOCIATION RANKINGS
(Top 10 and Northern California; previous ranking in parentheses)
Women's team
1. North Carolina (1)
2. Georgia (2)
3. Stanford (5)
4. South Carolina (3)
5. Duke (4)
6. Pepperdine (6)
7. UCLA (9)
8. Vanderbilt (7)
9. Texas (8)
10. Washington (11)
17. Cal (16)
Women's singles
1. Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami (2)
2. Katarina Jokic, Georgia (1)
3. Kate Fahey, Michigan (3)
4. Ingid Gamarra Martins, South Carolina (4)
5. Makenna Jones, North Carolina (5)
6. Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt (6)
7. Alex Graham, North Carolina (7)
8. Sophie Whittle, Gonzaga (10)
9. Kenya Jones, Georgia Tech (8)
10. Anna Rogers, North Carolina State (9)
17. Paige Cline (Kentfield), South Carolina (16)
22. Felicity Maltby (Sunnyvale), Texas Tech (23)
24. Michaela Gordon (Saratoga), Stanford (24)
29. Melissa Lord, Stanford (32)
41. Julia Rosenqvist, Cal (41)
44. Emily Arbuthnott, Stanford (46)
48. Olivia Hauger, Cal (47)
66. Caroline Lampl, Stanford (68)
79. Anna Bright, Cal (74)
107. Emma Higuchi, Stanford (88)
108. Janice Shin, Stanford (106)
111. Mariiya Kozyreva, Saint Mary's (113)
116. Maddie Pothoff, Santa Clara (120)
119. Sara Choy (Palo Alto), Stanford (119)
Women's doubles
1. Angela Kulikov and Rianna Valdes, USC (2)
2. Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, North Carolina (5)
3. Mia Horvit and Ingrid Gamarra Martins, South Carolina (7)
4. Lauryn John-Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh, Arizona State (1)
5. Gabby Andrews and Ayan Broomfield, UCLA (4)
6. Janet Koch and Nina Khmelnitckaia, Kansas (3)
7. Alana Smith and Anna Rogers, North Carolina State (8)
8. Ashley Lahey and Evgeniya Levashova, Pepperdine (6)
9. Kaitlin Staines and Sadie Hammond, Tennessee (9)
10. Fernanda Navarro and Marie Leduc, Clemson (10)
19. Kimberly Yee and Caroline Lampl, Stanford (14)
20. Hana Mraz and Julia Rosenqvist, Cal (17)
29. Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon (Saratoga), Stanford (22)
32. Hind Abdelouahid and Mariiya Kozyreva, Saint Mary's (28)
45. Kimberly Yee and Niluka Madurawe (Sunnyvale), Stanford (43)
54. Anna Bright and Jasie Dunk, Cal (40)
57. Melissa Lord and Niluka Madurawe (Sunnyvale), Stanford (51)
59. Abi Altick and Alaina Miller (Saratoga), UCLA (48)
62. Katerina Stloukalova and Hana Mraz, Cal (63)
88. Olivia Hauger and Katerina Stloukalova, Cal (88)
Men's team
1. Ohio State (1)
2. Texas (2)
3. Wake Forest (3)
4. Florida (4)
5. Virginia (5)
6. Baylor (6)
7. Mississippi State (7)
8. USC (8)
9. Texas Christian (9)
10. North Carolina (10)
12. Stanford (14)
24. Cal (33)
Men's singles
1. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State (2)
2. JJ Wolf, Ohio State (1)
3. Carl Soderlund, Virginia (3)
4. Alex Rybakov, Texas Christian (5)
5. Paul Jubb, South Carolina (4)
6. Brandon Holt, USC (10)
7. Christian Sigsgaard, Texas (8)
8. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest (6)
9. Oliver Crawford, Florida (7)
10. Aleksandar Kovacevic, Illinois (9)
13. Axel Geller, Stanford (12)
37. Victor Pham (Saratoga), Columbia (33)
54. Sam Riffice (Roseville), Florida (63)
63. Alexandre Rotsaert, Stanford (55)
88. Cameron Klinger (San Jose), Vanderbilt (87)
91. William Genesen, Stanford (NR)
Men's doubles
1. Sven Lah and Jimmy Bendeck, Baylor (1)
2. Maxime Cressy and Keegan Smith, UCLA (4)
3. Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic, Mississippi State (3)
4. Henry Patten and Oli Nolan, North Carolina-Ashville (2)
5. Christian Sigsgaard and Harrison Scott, Texas (5)
6. Timo Stodder and Preston Touliatos, Tennessee (6)
7. Cameron Klinger (San Jose) and Billy Rowe, Vanderbilt (8)
8. Juan Carlos Aguilar and Barnaby Smith, Texas A&M (7)
9. Parker Wynn and Bjorn Thomson, Texas Tech (10)
10. Brandon Holt and Riley Smith USC (11)
21. Axel Geller and Alexandre Rotsaert, Stanford (21)
28. Yuta Kikuchi and Jacob Brumm, Cal (31)
69T. Sam Riffice (Roseville) and Andy Andrade, Florida (60)
75. Logan Weber and Andy Zhou (Palo Alto), Harvard (61)
83. David Goulak and Ivan Thamma, UC Davis (70)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Gilbert to enter Bay Area Hall; Altamirano pulls upset

Brad Gilbert and four others will be enshrined in
the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday
night. 2013 photo by Paul Bauman
   Brad Gilbert -- a former top-five singles player who became a renowned coach, author and television commentator -- and four others will be enshrined in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
   Gilbert, a lifelong Bay Area resident, will be presented by his former protege, Andre Agassi, during the 6:30 p.m. banquet. A reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tickets cost $700, with proceeds going to help at-risk youths play sports.
   Joining Gilbert, 57, in the Hall of Fame will be former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky, former Cal and NBA star Jason Kidd, ex-San Francisco 49ers linebacker Keena Turner and longtime Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer.
   Gilbert played professionally from 1982 to 1995, winning 20 singles titles and reaching a career-high No. 4 in 1990 by outsmarting more talented, stylish players. He earned a singles bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and compiled a 10-5 Davis Cup record.
   After his playing career ended, Gilbert coached Agassi for eight years (1994-2002). During that time, Agassi won six Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal and reached No. 1 in the world for the first time.
   Gilbert then coached Andy Roddick to the U.S. Open title in 2003, the last time an American man has won a Grand Slam singles crown, and the top spot in the rankings.
   Gilbert joined ESPN as a tennis commentator in 2004. After coaching Andy Murray in 2006 and 2007, Gilbert returned to ESPN in 2008 and has worked for the network since then.
   Gilbert also has written two highly acclaimed books. "Winning Ugly," on how to beat opponents mentally, was published in 1993. "I've Got Your Back," on his coaching career, came out in 2004.
   He announced Sunday that he will run for the seat on the ATP Board of Governors vacated by Justin Gimelstob, who recently pleaded no contest in an assault case. The election is set for May 14 in Rome.
   ATP Challenger Tour -- Collin Altamirano of Sacramento ousted fourth-seeded Noah Rubin of Long Island, N.Y., 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 today on green clay in the second round of the $54,160 Savannah (Ga.) Challenger.
   Rubin, the Wimbledon boys singles champion in 2014, is ranked No. 168. He reached the second round of the Australian Open in men's singles in 2016, beating then-No. 18 Benoit Paire of France, and 2017, losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (3).
   Also in 2016, Rubin advanced to the final of the $100,000 Stockton (Calif.) Challenger, falling to fellow U.S. prospect Frances Tiafoe.
   Altamirano, ranked No. 287, is scheduled to play Australian Aleksandar Vukic, ranked No. 354, on Thursday at 8 a.m. PDT for a quarterfinal berth. The first meeting between the 23-year-old, 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) right-handers will be streamed live.
   Vukic beat 13th-seeded Guilherme Clezar of Brazil 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3.

Three Stanford women chosen for NCAA singles

Stanford's Michaela Gordon, a sophomore from Saratoga in the San Francisco
Bay Area, was selected to play singles and doubles in the NCAA Champion-
ships, May 20-25 in Orlando, Fla. Photo by Rob Vomund
   Three women from defending champion Stanford are two from Cal were among the 64 singles players selected Tuesday for the NCAA Championships.
   The men's and women's singles and doubles tournaments are scheduled for May 20-25, following the May 16-19 team competition, at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
   Stanford will send sophomore Michaela Gordon of Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, junior Emily Arbuthnott and senior Melissa Lord. Cardinal senior Caroline Lampl was named as an alternate.
   Representing Cal in singles will be senior Olivia Haugen and sophomore Julia Rosenqvist.
   Also chosen were South Carolina's Paige Cline, a senior from Kentfield, and Texas Tech's Felicity Maltby, a senior from Sunnyvale. Kentfield and Sunnyvale are also in the Bay Area.
   The 32-team doubles field includes the teams of Arbuthnott and Gordon, Lampl and senior Kimberly Yee, and Rosenqvist and sophomore Hana Mraz. Saint Mary's sophomores Hind Abdelouahid and Mariia Kozyreva are alternates.
   Stanford sophomore Axel Geller is seeded 9-16 in men's singles. Also selected were Columbia's Victor Pham, a senior from Saratoga, and Florida's Sam Riffice, a freshman who grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville.
   The doubles draw includes Geller and freshman Alexandre Rotsaert, Cal freshman Yuta Kikuchi and sophomore Jacob Brumm, and Vanderbilt senior Cameron Klinger from San Jose and junior Billy Rowe.
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