Thursday, February 20, 2020

Stanford women plunge nine spots to No. 12

Michaela Gordon, a Stanford junior from nearby Saratoga, dropped three places
to No. 9 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings. She is shown
in the 2017 Sacramento Challenger. Photo by Rob Vomund
   The Stanford women, who have won the last two NCAA team titles and three of the last four, tumbled nine places to No. 12 in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.
   The Cardinal (6-1) lost to No. 7 UCLA 4-0 on Feb. 9 in the semifinals of the ITA Division I Women's National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago.
   Meanwhile, the California women (1-1) plunged 24 spots to No. 45 after losing to No. 9 Virginia 4-1 on Jan. 24 and edging No. 42 Kansas 4-3 on Jan. 25, both in Lawrence, Kan.
   In women's singles, Michaela Gordon, a Stanford junior from nearby Saratoga, dropped three notches to No. 9, and Haley Giavara, a Cal freshman from San Diego, slipped one spot to No. 13.
   The Stanford men (7-3) remained No. 8, and Cal (4-2) fell seven places to No. 22.
   Alexandre Rotsaert, a Cardinal sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla., soared from No. 21 to No. 5 after beating No. 6 Christian Sigsgaard of Texas 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday.
   Rotsaert's teammate, junior Axel Geller of Argentina, plunged from No. 16 to No. 29. Since beating No. 8 Keegan Smith of UCLA on Feb. 1, Geller has gone 0-3 with losses to No. 37 Alexis Galarneau of North Carolina State, No. 1 Daniel Cukierman of USC and No. 2 Yuya Ito of Texas.
   Damon Kesaris, a Saint Mary's senior from South Africa, dropped four spots to No. 13. Sam Riffice, a Florida sophomore who grew up in the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of Roseville,  stayed at No. 4.

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