STANFORD, Calif. – Karla Popovic finally lost a set – two in fact – on Monday at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships presented by Oracle. But the California Golden Bear still won singles and – with Olivia Hauger – doubles semifinals to advance to two finals on Tuesday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The doubles victory was a notable one, as the seventh-seeded but unranked pair of Hauger and Popovic had to face the veteran Cal duo of Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr. The seniors were seeded No. 1 and ranked third; they were also the 2016 NCAA doubles runners-up. But in this matchup, the younger Bears prevailed, 6-1, 5-7, 1-0(8), against their teammates, who albeit were playing in their first tournament of the fall.
BURLINGAME, Calif. – The talented California pair of Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat posted a straight-set win in the $25,000 Burlingame Futures USTA Pro Circuit tournament doubles round of 16 on Monday on the indoor courts at the Broadway Tennis Center.
The Golden Bear seniors – who won the collegiate doubles title at the Saint Francis Health System All-American championships this fall – beat Nicholas Reyes and Matt Seeberger, 7-6(4), 6-1, in Burlingame. The 2016 All-Americans will next take on Michael Zhu and Mico Santiago in the quarterfinals on Tuesday not before 2 p.m.
Maybe a little adversity and criticism is all the Broncos’ running backs needed.
C.J. Anderson paused for a second at the request of a nickname for Denver’s newest running duo: Rocky and Bullwinkle, he decided, a reference to the old cartoon, might do. Devontae Booker is Rocky, the flying squirrel. While Anderson assumes Bullwinkle, the moose.
Booker and Anderson laughed in the home locker room after the 27-9 victory over Houston on Monday night, satisfied with their performances shutting the critics up, but still craving more consistency.
They continued to brainstorm nicknames. If they continue to play like they did Monday night, pundits will start to create one for them.
On the heels of the team’s two-game losing streak and having their manhood challenged, both up front on the offensive line and in the backfield, the Broncos running game turned in its best performance of the season.
Chris Borrayo has lost each of his three meetings against USC, including a 62-28 drubbing in 2013, so forgive Cal’s senior left guard for being a little blunt about just how much he wants to beat the Trojans on Thursday night.
“I want to beat the crap out of USC,” Borrayo said. “I don’t remember the score, but I remember the whipping we got my freshman year. Ever since then, the goal was to make sure we beat the crap out of them or die trying.
“It was a pretty nasty game my freshman year, and I don’t know if you guys understand this about USC: Class is not in their name. It’s something important to me and something very important to our team to know we’re going out there trying to win.”
Cal hasn’t beaten USC or UCLA in head coach Sonny Dykes’ tenure, and he knows those games are especially important to the Bears from Southern California.