Top-Seeded UCLA, No. 2 USC in Semifinals Today

Both of the higher seeds won in the quarterfinal matches at the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championships, with No. 4 seed Stanford and No. 3 seed California advancing to the semifinal. On the women’s side, seven of the eight top seeds advanced to the quarterfinals in the singles championship.

In the match between No. 5 seed Oregon and No. 4 seed Stanford, the Cardinal won, 4-0, and took the doubles point with wins from David Wilczynski and Nolan Paige on court No. 2 (6-1) and Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz on court No. 1 (6-4) to clinch the victory. Fawcett then took care of business in singles, winning on court No. 1 by a score of 6-3, 6-1. Paige was successful on court 4, winning 6-4, 6-4, while Romanowicz won on court No. 5 by a score of 6-4, 6-4. The Cardinal advance to the semifinal to face No. 1 seed UCLA on Friday at 10 a.m. PT.

No. 3 seed California beat No. 6 seed Washington, 4-0, to advance to the semifinal against No. 2 seed USC at 1 p.m. PT on Friday. The Golden Bears took the doubles point with J.T. Nishimura and Mads Engsted winning 6-1 on court No. 3. On court No. 1, Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat won, 6-4, to clinch the point. During singles play, Nishimura won on court No. 6, 6-0, 6-0, to set the tone for the Golden Bears. Billy Griffith then won, 6-3, 6-3, on court No. 3 for California and the deciding point came from Lakat on court No. 1, who won, 6-2, 6-4.

For a look at the men’s draw bracket and for lives scores, go here:

http://pac-12.com/article/2016/04/15/pac-12-tennis-championships-mens-bracket-scores-results

PAC-12 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP & INVITATIONAL SINGLES DRAWS SERVE UP THURSDAY ACTION

The Pac-12 Women’s Championship and Invitational singles draws (both brackets of 32) served up their first two rounds on Thursday to no glaring surprises. Maegan Manasse and Klara Fabikova advanced to the quarterfinals as The Ojai’s top two seeds from Cal, the top-ranked women’s team in NCAA Division I, and the Nos. 11 and 12 players, respectively, in the NCAA Division I individual singles rankings. Manasse defeated USC’s Madison Westby, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round before relinquishing just one game in her second match of the day. Fabikova was The Ojai’s 2015 Pac-12 Championship singles runner-up to UCLA’s Catherine Harrison, who was put to the test in the first round, needing 7-4 wins in two tiebreakers to squeak by Cal’s Denise Starr, 7-6, 7-6. Harrison then dispatched Arizona State’s Kassidy Jump, 7-5, 6-2, in the second round.

The Pac-12’s Women’s Championship and Invitational doubles draws (both brackets of 16) begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club. In the Pac-12 Championship draw, Cal’s Manasse and Starr are top-seeded at The Ojai and are ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division I individual doubles rankings. Stanford’s Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle are second-seeded and take on Cal’s Fabikova and Olivia Hauger in the first round at 10:15 a.m. Davidson is a defending champion in the draw and Doyle was a runner-up as the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Championship final was an all-Stanford affair.

For a look at the women’s individual draws, click here:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=173896

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