Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rankings mover of the week: Sam Querrey

Sam Querrey defaulted his semifinal in Houston with a pinched
nerve in his back. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Sam Querrey can't seem to get a break.
   Just when the 26-year-old San Francisco native and former Sacramento Capital in World TeamTennis finally had a good tournament, he got injured.
   Querrey reached the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston last week to improve 11 places to No. 71 in the world. However, he defaulted against third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain with a pinched nerve in his back. It's uncertain when Querrey will return to the tour.
   Querrey, 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), had plunged from No. 19 last July to No. 82. He climbed to a career-high No. 17 in January 2011.
PRO RANKINGS
    Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
Men
   Bob Bryan, 35 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 35 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Bradley Klahn, 23 years old, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 65 in singles (no change), No. 135 in doubles (+1).
   Scott Lipsky, 32 years old, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 38 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, 26 years old, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 71 in singles (+11), No. 113 in doubles (+2).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 31 years old, trains at Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay -- No. 33 in singles (-1), No. 95 in doubles (no change).
Women
   Mallory Burdette, 23 years old, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- No. 292 in singles (-3), No. 1,139 in doubles (+5).
   Nicole Gibbs, 21 years old, NCAA singles champion in 2012 and 2013 and NCAA doubles champion in 2012 from Stanford -- Career-high No. 166 in singles (+2), No. 405 in doubles (+2).
   Macall Harkins, 28 years old, Redding resident -- No. 369 in doubles (+2), No. 711 in singles (no change).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 31 years old, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 15 in doubles (no change), No. 1,097 in singles (-3).
   Maria Sanchez, 24 years old, born and raised in Modesto -- No. 103 in doubles (-1), No. 243 in singles (+1).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TV schedule, college result, calendar

TV SCHEDULE
(All times in California)
Wednesday
   Monte Carlo (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 1:30-9:30 a.m. (live), 2 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Thursday (repeat).
Thursday
   Monte Carlo (men), round of 16, Tennis Channel, 1:30-9:30 a.m. (live), 2 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday (repeat).
Friday
   Monte Carlo (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 1:30-9:30 a.m. (live), 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (repeat).
   Fed Cup, semifinals, Germany at Australia, Tennis Channel, 7-11 p.m. (live).
Saturday
   Monte Carlo (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. (delay).
   Fed Cup, World Group playoff, France at United States, Tennis Channel, 1:30-5:30 p.m. (live). 
   Fed Cup, semifinals, Germany at Australia, Tennis Channel, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday (live).
Sunday
   Fed Cup, France at United States, World Group playoff, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (live) and 7:30-9:30 p.m. (repeat).
   Monte Carlo (men), final, Tennis Channel, 5-7:30 p.m. (delay) and 9:30 p.m.-midnight (repeat). 
TUESDAY'S COLLEGE RESULT
Men
   No. 37 Stanford 4, Saint Mary's 0: http://www.gostanford.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30600&ATCLID=209467862
CALENDAR
   Saturday-Sunday -- Fed Cup semifinals, World Group playoffs (United States vs. France in St. Louis), www.fedcup.com.
   April 23-26 -- West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Championships, San Diego, www.wccsports.com.
   April 23-27 -- Pacific-12 Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Ojai, Calif., www.pac-12.com.
   April 23-27 -- Mountain West Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Fresno, Calif., www.themw.com.
   April 24-27 -- Big West Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Indian Wells, Calif., www.bigwest.org.
   April 25-27 -- Big Sky Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River, Calif., www.bigskyconf.com.
   April 26-27, May 3-4 -- Rio Del Oro Junior Excellence, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, Sacramento, Calif. http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=144030
   May 2-5 -- USTA National Men's, Women's and Mixed 30 Indoor Championships, Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center, Gold River, Calif. http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=140381.
   May 9-11 -- Maze Cup (Northern California juniors vs. Southern California), Berkeley Tennis Club, http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=151685
   May 15-26 -- NCAA Men's and Women's Championships, Athens, Ga., www.ncaasports.com.   
   MAY 25-JUNE 8 -- FRENCH OPEN, Paris. 2013 champions: Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Bob Bryan-Mike Bryan, Ekaterina Makarova-Elena Vesnina, Lucie Hradecka-Frantisek Cermak. www.rolandgarros.com.
   June 7-8, 14-17 -- NorCal Boys 18 and 16 Junior Sectional Championships, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, Sacramento, Calif. http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=143226
   June 7-8, 14-17 -- NorCal Girls 18 and 16 Junior Sectional Championships, Arden Hills Resort & Spa, Sacramento, Calif. http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=148990
   June 7-8, 14-17 -- NorCal 14s Junior Sectional Championships, University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif. http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=152438
   June 7-8, 14-17 -- NorCal 12s Junior Sectional Championships, Sunnyvale Tennis Center, Sunnyvale, Calif. http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=143956

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bellis wins girls 18 title in Easter Bowl

CiCi Bellis topped Katie Swan 6-3, 6-1
for the girls 18 title in the Easter Bowl.
2012 photo by Paul Bauman

   Fourth-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton outclassed 11th-seeded Katie Swan of Wichita, Kan., 6-3, 6-1 Sunday to win the girls 18 title in the prestigious Easter Bowl in Indian Wells.
   Bellis reached the final of the 14s in 2012 and won the 16s last year. She turned 15 on Tuesday, and Swan did the same on March 24.    
   Two other Northern Californians, Keenan Mayo of Roseville and Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek, lost in the finals.
   The second-seeded Mayo fell to No. 1 Steven Sun of Glen Cove, N.Y., 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 in the boys 14s, and the sixth-seeded Volynets was stopped by No. 9 Kacie Harvey of Braintree, Mass., 6-2, 6-1 in the girls 12s.
   Fifth-seeded Paul Barretto of Tiburon and Timothy Sah of San Diego won the boys 14 doubles crown, beating unseeded Cody Lin of Thousand Oaks and Kento Perera of Santa Barbara 8-2.
SUNDAY'S COLLEGE RESULTS
Women
   No. 6 Cal 4, Oregon 0: http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209465197
   Santa Clara 4, Gonzaga 3: http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/sports/w-tennis/2013-14/releases/20140413u1dc8q
   Saint Mary's 4, Loyola Marymount 0: http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=101598&SPID=12531&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209465188&DB_OEM_ID=21400
   Northern Arizona 6, Sacramento State 1: http://www.hornetsports.com/sports/wten/2013-14/releases/20140413x890re
   UC Davis at Hawaii, suspended by rain: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/041314aab.html
Men
   Portland 4, No. 64 Santa Clara 3: http://portlandpilots.com/news/2014/4/13/MTEN_0413140353.aspx
   Fresno State 5, Sacramento State 0: http://www.hornetsports.com/sports/mten/2013-14/releases/20140413fi4m0t

Sunday, April 13, 2014

John McEnroe Q&A: U.S. tennis needs athletes

John McEnroe talked to reporters at the Champions Shootout
in Sacramento in late February. Photos by Paul Bauman
   John McEnroe may be a nightmare for chair umpires, but he's a dream for journalists.
   Talkative, knowledgeable, outspoken and funny, McEnroe long has been perhaps the best interview in sports. Just ask a question, sit back and enjoy the show. 
   Before playing in the Champions Shootout on Feb. 26 in Sacramento, McEnroe fielded questions from a small group of reporters in the bowels of Sleep Train Arena. At one point, a public relations man said, "Just a couple more minutes with John." Eleven and a half minutes later, McEnroe was still going strong. If the PR guy hadn't cut off the interview to usher McEnroe to another appointment, the legend would have happily continued holding court.
   Shortly afterward, McEnroe took the court.  In the one-set semifinals, he defeated Jim Courier, and James Blake topped Pete Sampras. Blake then beat McEnroe in the one-set final.
   McEnroe grew up in New York, but the left-handed wizard is no stranger to Northern California. He won the 1978 NCAA singles title in his only year at Stanford and captured five ATP singles titles in the San Francisco Bay Area, tied with Andre Agassi for the most in the Open Era (since 1968).
   Known for his shotmaking artistry and volatile temper, McEnroe won 17 Grand Slam titles (seven in singles, nine in doubles and one in mixed doubles) and played on five Davis Cup championship teams.
   McEnroe won won 77 singles and 78 doubles titles overall (fourth and tied for fifth, respectively, in the Open Era) and holds U.S. Davis Cup records for total victories (59) and singles wins (41). He was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.
   McEnroe, who turned 55 on Feb. 16, looks older with his gray hair but plays remarkably well with his still-magical hands. In addition to competing against other legends in the PowerShares Series, a 12-tournament circuit in the United States in February and March, he works as a highly renowned tennis commentator for ESPN and runs a junior tennis academy in New York that he founded in 2010.
   McEnroe has five children -- three with his first wife, actress Tatum O'Neal, and two with his current wife, singer Patty Smyth -- and one stepchild.
   ESPN announced in February that McEnroe would expand his role beyond tennis on television and radio. He made headlines last December when he suggested eliminating doubles, which struggles to attract singles stars and fans, and giving the prize money to lower-ranked singles players.
   Following are highlights of the interview with McEnroe:
   Q: Can you see yourself in a coaching situation where you're traveling like Stefan Edberg (who's working with Roger Federer)?
   A: I suppose it's not impossible in a supporting role or part-time. That would be ideal.
   Q: Billie Jean King said recently that tennis is a kind of art form that shapes time and space ...
   A: That's very heavy.
   Q: You're known so much for your touch. Do you enjoy the feel of the game and the artistry of it?
   A: Yeah, of course. It's sort of what my thing was. Seeing what I see now (on the tour), it's a lot different.
   Q: Is there a real gap in the game now?
   A: Because of the rackets, the technology, the size of some of these guys and the strings ... if you have better control when you swing harder, that seems counterintuitive. But the harder you swing, the more the ball dips. Before, the harder you swung, the more chance you took.
   I don't get that, but that's the way it is, so you see guys taking crazy swings. Because the string is so stiff, you don't have that feel at the net that maybe you had. That's part of why you don't see guys coming in, in addition to the fact they hit it so much harder.
   Q: Regarding the state of the American game, there are three or four theories: the internationalization, we're not getting the athletes, the entitlement culture and cycles. What do you think is the most important?
   A: Athletes.
   Q: You're working on this a lot in New York. How can we get them from football and other sports?
   A: I think about that a lot, and I haven't come up with a good enough answer. With the women, it's different because the playing field is so much more level in tennis. Actually, the first sport maybe girls would go into is tennis. They don't play football. There's no baseball. In basketball, they get 1/50th of the money. So it seems like in tennis you would get better (female) athletes.
   Two of the best athletes in the history of women's tennis are the Williams sisters. They're so far above what I've seen. It's pure athleticism. They're learned more as time's gone on how to play.   
   Q: Does it depress you that we're so down? The Bryans said to Sam Querrey, "Hey, you got to the third round of the Australian Open," as if that were a good result.
   A: I try not to get too down or too angry, because I was somewhat of an expert on at least one of them. (We can't) pretend we don't have issues. Tennis is healthy in Europe, and there's a lot of money to be thrown around in certain parts of the world, like the Middle East and China. But that doesn't mean there's a thriving tennis community. I don't think more kids are playing. I'm pretty sure that the studies are showing there's less tennis being played. That's not a good thing to me.
   One of the reasons I did the tennis academy was I felt I had been given a lot. I've gotten better perspective, so it would be nice if I could leave the sport in a great place, too. Right now, I feel like I'm not doing a very good job.
   And then I get people asking me about this doubles thing, like (when I said the players) are slow. Then it's like, "My god, I made some great revelation. Doubles guys are slower than singles guys! Did you hear that? That's amazing!" That's what we focus on.
   (U.S. athletes choosing other sports) is a really tough thing to try to overcome. I'm willing to try anything and everything to try to figure out a way to get people to (play tennis). I was lucky. Now I look back, and I'm like, "The '70s, '80s, this is unbelievable." I was blessed to be a part of that. I look at it now, and I'm like, "I'm sorry. We have arguably the two greatest players who ever lived, and the other one (Novak Djokovic) is in there." And yet, we're sort of, "Where are we right now?"
   Q: You have so much going -- the new ESPN thing and your incredible play as a senior ... 
   A: (You could be) my PR guy.
   Q: Just talk about being John McEnroe.
   A: Being John McEnroe is pretty good. I've been pretty lucky that my second wife helped make me a better person, blessed me with a couple more kids, been the glue with my other kids and helped me be a good husband and father.
   It's an ego trip in a way. Let's face it. I come out here, and it's 2,000 or 5,000 or 6,000 people, and I get a chance after just turning 55 to try to do my thing. Obviously, it's better (to play) a set or short period of time. If one of us can inspire a couple kids, we've won in that way. So we have an excuse because we're sort of searching and trying to keep some interest, and we get our egos massaged a bit.
   I like having a tennis academy. I like to get out there and play with the kids. I've always been a big sports fan, (but) my main goal with this ESPN thing is to get people to want to talk tennis a lot. In the meantime, I'm no expert on other sports, but I know something about what it's like to be out there. I just love sports in general, so it would be nice to spread my wings a little bit. We'll see what happens.
   Q: But your role is not necessarily commentating about tennis. You're doing other things.
   A: Having me at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open was probably more important than whether I did a stint on "First Take." At the same time, it would be fun to do some of this other stuff. But there are other (tennis) events. We'll see if I get mixed into Australia. Hopefully, at some point that will work for both of us and tennis. We'll do everything we can. They have a lot of coverage of tennis.
   There are different ways of doing it. I don't want to be at every tournament, and they've got other guys. They've got my brother (Patrick).   
   Q: Will Rafael Nadal, who has 13 Grand Slam singles titles at age 27, eventually break Federer's record of 17 and go down as the greatest player of all time?
   A: I don't know. Once he loses the French -- he may never lose one at this point -- but if he does, it'll be tough to win another, even if he's Rafa Nadal, because of that edge you get. And then health is an issue. But if he stays healthy and he's still into it ... there's a very, very short list of people who can beat him on clay, maybe one that I see right now. That would be (Novak) Djokovic. I don't know about Stan "The Man" Wawrinka on clay, although Stan "The Man" pulled it off in Australia.
   That would be a story that hopefully people will find interesting that we can talk about, because that's a legitimate question. There's a definite argument. I remember when I said Nadal has a real argument to be the greatest player ever, and after he lost in the first round at Wimbledon (last year), people said, "What are you talking about? How can you even say that?" And now, it doesn't look quite as bad. All of a sudden, it looks a little more feasible.
   Q: Does Nadal at least have to tie Federer?
   A: I wouldn't say he has to tie, because he has such a one-sided head-to-head (23-10). I would be pretty pleased with either one of those guys. ... One person says it's Nadal, and the other guy says it's Federer. It's like, "My god, I'd be happy to be talked about in that light."
   Q: The dominance over Federer is amazing, plus (Nadal's) singles gold medal in the 2008 Olympics ...
   A: And (four) Davis Cups. No one cares about Davis Cup. Well, to me it meant something. I'd like to be mentioned as part of five Davis Cup (championship) teams or whatever, but I don't sit there and go, "How dare they not say I won five Davis Cups?"
   Then they say I'm short-changing doubles. I'm the one guy that played doubles. That's the funny part. It's like, "McEnroe attacks doubles." No one gives a rat's ass (about doubles), and all of a sudden, I try to say, "Well, we've got to do something here."
   Q: What gives you more pride, being a singles player, doubles player, commentator or senior player?
   A: The combination is pretty good. I hate to say this -- this is going to ruin the story -- but singles. As much as I love doubles, I would go with singles. 

Bellis, Mayo, Volynets reach Easter Bowl finals

   Three Northern Californians will play for singles titles today in the Easter Bowl, one of the top junior tournaments in the United States.
   Advancing Saturday in Indian Wells were fourth-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atheron in the girls 18s, second-seeded Keenan Mayo of Roseville in the boys 14s and sixth-seeded Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the girls 12s.
   Seventh-seeded Michaela Gordon and 11th-seeded Alexander Keyser of Danville lost in the semifinals of the girls 18s and boys 16s, respectively.   
   Bellis rallied to beat top-seeded Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach her third straight Easter Bowl final. Bellis, who turned 15 on Tuesday, won the last four games of the match.
   “I had to stay really focused and try not to give away any free points,” Bellis, who reached the 14s final in 2012 and won the 16s last year, said on easterbowl.com. “I was really scared being down 4-2. And nervous.”
   Bellis will face 11th-seeded Katie Swan of Wichita, Kan., in the final. Swan, who moved to the United States from Bristol, England, a year ago and turned 15 on March 24, ousted the 14-year-old Gordon 6-0, 6-4.
   Mayo outlasted unseeded Kento Perera of Santa Barbara 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 to earn a matchup with top-seeded Steven Sun of Glen Cove, N.Y. Sun overcame unseeded Andrew Fenty, the son of former Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian Fenty, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
   Volynets routed 11th-seeded Amy Huang of San Diego 6-1, 6-2, setting up a match against ninth-seeded Kacie Harvey of Braintree, Mass. Harvey coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 win over 12th-seeded Amanda Chan of Pasadena.
   Keyser fell to ninth-seeded John McNally of Cincinnati 6-3, 7-6 (1).
   Fifth-seeded Paul Barretto of Tiburon and Timothy Sah of San Diego reached the doubles final in the boys 14s. 
   Bryans win another title -- Top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship for the fifth time.
   The former Stanford All-Americans, originally from Camarillo in the Los Angeles area, edged second-seeded David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco of Spain 4-6, 6-4 [11-9] in Houston.
   After a slow start this year, the 35-year-old Bryan twins have won four straight tournaments (Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami and Houston) and 22 of their last 23 matches. They have 97 career titles.
SATURDAY'S COLLEGE RESULTS
Women
   No. 6 Cal 4, No. 47 Washington State 1: http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209462356
   No. 28 Pepperdine 4, No. 43 Saint Mary's 0: http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=101598&SPID=12531&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209463563&DB_OEM_ID=21400
   Santa Clara 6, Portland 1: http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/sports/w-tennis/2013-14/releases/20140412ynm9w0
   USF 7, Gonzaga 0: http://usfdons.com/news/2014/4/13/WTEN_0413141538.aspx
   UC Davis at Hawaii, suspended by rain: http://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2014/4/12/WTEN_0412143007.aspx?path=wten
   Loyola Marymount 5, Pacific 2: http://pacific.prestosports.com/sports/w-tennis/2013-14/releases/20140412l7uxqi
Men
   No. 19 Cal 4, Washington 0: http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209463487
   No. 43 Stanford 4, No. 39 Oregon 2: http://www.gostanford.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=749967&SPID=127021&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=30600&ATCLID=209462508
   No. 47 Pepperdine 4, Saint Mary's 1: http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=101589&SPID=12530&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209463521&DB_OEM_ID=21400
   USF 4, Portland 1: http://usfdons.com/news/2014/4/12/MTEN_0412140238.aspx
   Cal Poly 4, UC Davis 3: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/041214aaa.html
   Pacific 5, Loyola Marymount 2: http://pacific.prestosports.com/sports/m-tennis/2013-14/releases/2014041280gjji

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sac State women's 13-year streak ends; Easter Bowl

The Sacramento State women's tennis team, coached by Dima Hrynashka (front left)
poses after winning the 2012 Big Sky Conference tournament. Photo by Paul Bauman
   The Sacramento State women went 13 years without losing a Big Sky Conference match.
   They they lost two in one day.
   Short-handed Sac State fell to Montana 4-3 in Missoula, Mont., ending the Hornets' Big Sky-record 112-match winning streak, and Montana State by the same score in Bozeman, Mont., on Friday.
   In the deciding match against Montana, freshman Deimante Bulatovaite of Lithuania lost to Ashley Mackey 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6) after holding three match points at 5-4 in the third set.
   With just five healthy players, Sac State (9-14, 7-2) forfeited two matches against Montana State (7-10, 4-4).
   The loss to Montana (12-7, 7-0) was the Hornets' first in conference play since a 4-1 setback to Weber State on April 14, 2001, in the Big Sky tournament. The streak was the longest by a team in any sport in Big Sky history and is believed to be the longest ever in NCAA Division I tennis.
   Sac State played without injured Jennifer Nguyen (No. 1 singles) and Katharina Knoebl (No. 4-5) in both matches Friday and lost Alina Soltanici (No. 1-3) and Daria Savchenko (No. 2-3) to injuries against Montana.
   Easter Bowl in Indian Wells -- Five Northern Californians reached the singles semifinals in various age groups in the prestigious junior tournament.
   Advancing were fourth-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton and seventh-seeded Michaela Gordon of Saratoga in the girls 18s, 11th-seeded Alexander Keyser of Danville in the boys 16s, second-seeded Keenan Mayo of Roseville in the boys 14s and sixth-seeded Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the girls 12s.
   Bellis, who turned 15 on Tuesday, will meet No. 1 seed Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., today.
FRIDAY'S COLLEGE RESULTS
Women
   Montana 4, Sacramento State 3 and Montana State 4, Sac State 3: http://www.hornetsports.com/sports/wten/2013-14/releases/201404118jemq0
   No. 7 Stanford 4, Oregon 0: http://www.gostanford.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30600&ATCLID=209461843
   No. 28 Pepperdine 4, Pacific 0: http://pacific.prestosports.com/sports/w-tennis/2013-14/releases/201404116flxcu
   No. 74 Fresno State 5, San Jose State 2: http://www.sjsuspartans.com/sports/w-tennis/recaps/041114aaa.html
   USF 6, Portland 1: http://usfdons.com/news/2014/4/11/WTEN_0411143522.aspx
Men
   No. 19 Cal 4, Oregon 0: http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209461847
   No. 43 Stanford 4, Washington 3: http://www.gostanford.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30600&ATCLID=209462195
   Saint Mary's 4, Loyola Marymount 0: http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=101589&SPID=12530&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209462283&DB_OEM_ID=21400
   USF 5, Gonzaga 2: http://usfdons.com/news/2014/4/11/MTEN_0411143406.aspx
   UC Santa Barbara 5, UC Davis 2: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/041114aaa.html
   Pepperdine 4, Pacific 1: http://pacific.prestosports.com/sports/m-tennis/2013-14/releases/201404117viujy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Notes: NorCal Hall of Fame to add Maze, others

UC Davis women's coach Bill Maze, left,
talks with an official during a match last
year. Photo by Paul Bauman
   The USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame recently announced the addition of five members.
   Bill Maze, John Hubbell, Susan Mehmedbasich Wright, Rich Anderson and Bob Walsh  will be inducted on Thursday, July 31, during the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford. Tickets will be available at www.ustanorcal.com in early June.
   Maze, the 58-year-old son of California legend George Maze, progressed from junior standout to Stanford All-American to professional player. He won two ATP doubles titles, both with former Stanford teammate John McEnroe, and reached career highs of No. 87 in the world in doubles and No. 153 in singles.
   Maze is in his 19th season as the women's head coach at UC Davis. Previously, he spent five years as the women's head coach at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
   Hubbell, one of the top teaching pros in the country, has tutored junior, collegiate and professional players. As a coach on the Junior Davis Cup team, he worked with future pros Brad Gilbert, Ricky Leach, Patrick McEnroe, Paul Annacone, MaliVai Washington, Matt Anger and Jim Grabb.
   Wright won a USTA 16s national doubles title and joined the pro tour at 17. Two years later, she left competitive tennis and didn't return for a quarter century.
   Since joining the USTA and ITF senior circuits in 2003, Wright has become one of the world's top 50-and-over players. By 2013, she had won at least 59 senior national singles and doubles titles. Wright has risen as high as No. 2 in singles.
   Anderson starred at San Jose State and built a top program at Canada College in Redwood City. From 1971 through 1983, Canada won 11 conference titles, eight NorCal championships and eight state crowns.
   Walsh's volunteer activities have brought improvements to USTA NorCal and to the Napa Valley for more than 20 years. He has helped extend league play to seniors and spurred the construction and maintenance of courts. At 88, Walsh still serves as an adult league coordinator.
   Stanford -- The No. 4 Cardinal women suffered their first loss in nearly one year and only their fourth at home since 1999, falling 4-3 to No. 3 UCLA on Friday.
   Jennifer Brady outlasted Krista Hardebeck 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 in the clinching match to end Stanford's 19-match winning streak, which included last year's NCAA championship run. The Cardinal hadn't lost since a 4-3 decision at Cal on April 19, 2013.
   Stanford rebounded with a 4-0 home victory over No. 13 USC on Saturday. The Cardinal improved to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the Pacific-12 Conference.
   Meanwhile, the No. 2 USC men whipped No. 52 Stanford 7-0 in Los Angeles on Friday to snap the Cardinal's six-match winning streak, its longest since a 13-match stretch in 2011. Stanford fell at No. 3 UCLA 4-0 on Saturday.
   Cal -- No. 43 Lynn Chi edged No. 40 Kyle McPhillips 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) at No. 4 to give the No. 12 Bears (7-0, 14-4 Pac-12) a 4-3 victory over UCLA on Saturday in Berkeley. Cal had trailed 3-1.
   The host Bears trounced USC 4-0 on Friday.
   The No. 18 Cal men (12-5, 2-2) lost at UCLA 4-1 on Friday and USC 4-0 on Saturday.
   International Spring Championships in Carson -- CiCi Bellis of Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area won the girls 18 singles title on Sunday, two days before her 15th birthday.
   Bellis, seeded fifth, routed ninth-seeded Raveena Kingsley, 15, of Fulton, Md., 6-3, 6-0. Kingsley had beaten Bellis in their only prior meeting in the USTA Spring Nationals 12s in 2011.