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.

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