Stanford rallied to win the doubles point and the Cardinal polished off Virginia Commonwealth in singles matches Tuesday to claim its 17th NCAA men's tennis title, 4-0, in Athens, Ga.
The unseeded Rams (27-5) were poised to claim the doubles point in the finals when Stanford's Ali Ansari and Scotty Scott closed fast to win at No. 3, 8-6, over the unrelated Sanchezes, Jose and Fernando. Stanford (28-1) won the team title for the 13th time in the last 16 years.
Stanford ace Alex Kim, named the most outstanding player in the team tournament, defeated VCU's Daniel Andersson, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1. Andersson was the nation's second-ranked collegian coming into the tournament.
Ansari followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mattias Hoglund at No. 6, and at No. 5, Scott won 7-5, 6-1 over Mats Norin to clinch the crown.
The singles portion of the tournament starts today. Morrison is seeded first and will be trying to become the first collegian to win consecutive titles since Georgia's Mikael Pernfors in 1984 and 1985.
Doubles begin Thursday.
Georgia's Aarthi Venkatesan, seeded fifth, survived a three-hour marathon to defeat Celeste Frey of Mississippi 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 and Lady Bulldogs teammate Lori Grey advanced to third round play Tuesday in the NCAA women's tennis championships in Malibu, Calif.
The two other Georgia players in the field, Marissa Catlin and Esther Knox lost in the second round, Knox losing to top-seeded Marissa Irvin of Stanford 6-4, 6-3.
Play was delayed four hours because of a heavy mist at Pepperdine, located on the coast. As a result, third-round matches were pushed back until today.
Forwards Janar Quiller and Lamaas Barefield, who helped the Aiken Tech Knights to a 30-3 season and a region championship, have signed grant-in-aids with Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla. Both will be eligible for the 2000-2001 season "I am very happy for Janar and Lamaas. It means a lot to me personally to see them move foward in their academic and basketball careers," said Aiken Tech coach Charles Welch.
William Lanier and Scott Parel are two of five golfers with Augusta connections who have passed the local qualifying test for the U.S. Open next month at Pebble Beach, Calif.
Earlier this month, Parel, a pro, shared medalist honors at the qualifier at The Reserve in Pawley's Island, S.C., firing a 1-under 71. On Monday, Lanier, who plays the Hooters Tour, shot a 67 to lead qualifiers at Worthington Manor in Urbana, Md.
Also advancing to sectional qualifying play, which will be 36 holes on either June 5 or 6 at 12 sites around the country, are Clemson's John Engler and Oklahoma State's Charles Howell, amateurs from Augusta, and former Augusta State golfer Roger Rowland, who plays on the Buy.com Tour.
Sectional qualifiers advance to the Open, which will be played June 15-18 at Pebble Beach.
USC Aiken third baseman Kirby Langley was named to the All-South Atlantic Region baseball team as a utility player. The team consists of 16 first-teamers and 16 second-teamers. Langley is a 5-foot-11 senior from Clearwater, S.C., and led the Pacers with 82 hits and an average of .380. His batting average ranked him fourth in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference.
Augusta State's center fielder JuJu Foreman was named to the second team.
TRACK AND FIELD:
Butler cross country and track standout Janelle Hamilton has signed a four-year athletic and academic scholarship to Fort Valley State University.
Hamilton, who graduated eighth in her class, was Richmond County and region runner-up with a personal best time of 5:46 in the 1600-meter run.
North Augusta's Rahim Wooley, who was runner-up in the state meet last year with a 10.9 time in the 100-meter dash, will enroll at Cornell University in the fall with plans to join Cornell's track and field team.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville on Tuesday dismissed one of two players arrested last week on charges of firing a gun during a campus fraternity event, university officials said.
Sophomore defensive back Brandon Reed, 20, was dismissed after he was arrested a second time for illegal possession and use of a debit card, according to a report in the Opelika-Auburn News. A statement from Auburn did not specify the rules violation that prompted the dismissal.
Also Tuesday, sophomore defensive end Derek Magwood of Savannah was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules. University spokeswoman Meredith Jenkins said the dismissal was unrelated to either the weapons incident or Reed's dismissal.
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