Pacific 10 Represented Well in Men’s Semifinals : NCAA tennis:Stanford beats Texas, UCLA defeats California and USC upsets Georgia to advance. They will be joined by top-ranked Tennessee, which beat Miami.
Stanford, the Pacific 10 Conference champion, continued its drive to try to win a third consecutive NCAA Division I men’s tennis team title with a 5-1 quarterfinal victory over Texas Sunday at Hyatt Grand Champions Resort.
The No. 3 Cardinal, which snapped the Longhorns’ 21-match winning streak, will be joined in the semifinals today by two other Pac-10 teams. No. 2 UCLA beat No. 6 California, 5-3, and No. 8 USC upset No. 4 Georgia, 5-1.
Also advancing was unbeaten Tennessee, the top-ranked team in the country. The Volunteers improved their record to 33-0 by beating No. 9 Miami (Fla.), 5-2.
Stanford will meet USC at 10 a.m., and UCLA will play Tennessee at 2 p.m.
Stanford’s win was its 14th in a row in an NCAA tournament match. It was highlighted by Jonathan Stark’s 6-7, (12-10), 7-5, 6-4 victory over Steve Bryan in No. 1 singles. It was only Stark’s second match since he suffered a stress fracture in his left foot in mid-April.
“We feel very fortunate to be able to come back (today) and play again,” Cardinal Coach Dick Gould said. “All the guys on this team are competitors. If anyone can handle an injury, with having played no matches in a while, it’s Stark. He beat a very fine player today.”
USC (22-7) beat a fine team. It was the Trojans’ first win over Georgia (21-5) after five losses in the NCAA tournament since the competition was changed to a team format in 1977.
“I’m in shock,” USC Coach Dick Leach said. “I didn’t expect to beat them, let alone 5-1.”
The match was clinched at No. 5 singles when Martin Dionne beat Murphy Jensen, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4. Jensen played for USC the last two years.
“It was the most unusual match I’ve ever played,” said Jensen. “I spent two years trying to win for these guys, and then I come here and now I’m trying to beat them. I felt I dealt with it well. It was fun to play. I just wish the results were different.”
UCLA (27-3) split two matches with Cal (23-9) earlier this season. The Bruins clinched this win when Fritz Bissell and Mark Knowles upset Doug Eisenman and Matt Lucena, the nation’s top-ranked doubles team, 6-4, 6-4.
In the feature singles match, UCLA’s Jason Netter upset Bent-Ove Pedersen, 6-4, 6-3.
“It was maybe our best match of the year,” UCLA Coach Glenn Bassett said. “We had to play well because Cal is a very good team. The thing that surprised me is that our No. 1 doubles team beat the No. 1 doubles team in the country.”