UCLA, USC and Cal advance to NCAA round of 16
The NCAA tournament began with five Pac-12 men's tennis teams in the field of 64. As that field has shrunk to 16, three remain standing.
Surviving and advancing on Saturday were Cal, UCLA, and USC. A California hat trick, if you will. The schools move on to Urbana, Illinois, site of the Round of 16 starting next Thursday.
The top seeded Bruins defeated Drake with ease, beating the Missouri Valley Conferce team 4-0 in Los Angeles. They advance to play the 16th seeded Vanderbilt Commodores.
Across town on USC's campus, the Trojans took care of their tournament business as the No. 4 seed defeated USD, 4-0.
Cal, playing in Gainesville, Fla., and not against the No. 15 Gators who were upset by Denver, advanced by defeating those very Pioneers of DU. The Golden Bears won 4-1 and will face off against the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers.
[Related: UCLA tops USC for Pac-12 tennis title]
Washington joins the departed Stanford Cardinal in the off-season. The Huskies dropped their second round match to Ohio State, 0-4. It was a tough task for Washington as Ohio State hadn't lost at home in more than a decade. Their season ends with an 18-11 record.
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