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Batta wins boys 18 title in Rio Del Oro tourney

Apr 27, 2015

   Note: Photos will be added to this story soon.   SACRAMENTO -- Amit Batta has talked to the coaches at UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara and likes both schools.   But the 16-year-old Los Altos resident has bigger aspiration...

Cal’s Fabikova falls in Pac-12 final

Apr 27, 2015

   Klara Fabikova lost a set 6-0 for the first time this season on Sunday.
   But the Cal junior, who lost to UCLA's Catherine Harrison 6-4, 6-0 in the final of the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, shouldn't feel too bad. Harrison crushed Utah's Tereza Bekerova 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
   Harrison, unseeded and ranked...

USC men rally to beat Stanford for Pac-12 title

Apr 26, 2015

   The Stanford men twice were on the verge of winning the Pac-12 Championships but couldn't prevail.    Leading 3-2, the 26th-ranked Cardinal dropped the last two matches to No. 8 USC on Saturday in Ojai.   No. 67 Nick Cr...

Stanford men beat Cal to reach Pac-12 final

Apr 25, 2015

   The Stanford men avenged a loss to archrival Cal and reached the final of the Pac-12 Championships.   The Cardinal, seeded first and ranked 26th, routed the Bears, seeded fourth and ranked 25th, 4-1 on Friday in Ojai. Cal had bea...

Cal men barely survive in Pac-12 quarterfinals

Apr 24, 2015

   The 25th-ranked Cal men battled back numerous times and narrowly averted an upset loss to No. 50 Oregon in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai.
   Gregory Bayane defeated Simon Stevens 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Court 3 on Thursday to give the fourth-seeded Bears (18-7) a 4-3 victory over the fifth-seeded...

Fresno St. woman named top Mountain West player

Apr 24, 2015

   Fresno State's Sophie Watts was named the Women's Player of the Year in the Mountain West Conference this week.   Watts, a junior from England, is ranked 75th nationally. She is 21-2 in singles with a 21-match winning streak.&nbs...

NorCal teams go 0-4 in West Coast tourney openers

Apr 22, 2015

   All four Northern California teams in action today lost in the first round of the West Coast Conference Championships in San Diego.   The seventh-seeded Santa Clara women (7-12) dropped a heartbreaker, 4-3 to 10th-seeded Loyola M...

Rankings movers of the week: Novikov, Sandgren (up)

Apr 22, 2015
Rankings movers of the week: Novikov, Sandgren (up)

Tennys Sandgren, holding the trophy, and Rhyne Williams, far left, won the doubles titlein the 2012 Sacramento Challenger. They are shown with emcee Brad Gilbert, secondfrom left, and tournament director Brian Martinez. 2012 photo by Paul Bauman &...

TV schedule, calendar

Apr 22, 2015

TV SCHEDULE(All broadcasts on Tennis Channel; all times in California)  Thursday   Barcelona and Stuttgart (men/women), early rounds, 3 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live).   Stuttgart (women), early rounds, 2-7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m...

Cal women rise to No. 3 in national rankings

Apr 21, 2015

   The Cal women rose one spot in this week's national rankings to No. 3 after beating rival Stanford 5-2 in Berkeley on Saturday.   The Bears (20-3, 9-1) will take an eight-match winning streak into the Pac-12 Championships, Thursd...

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