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.

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