Defending champions Rudy Siwy and Melanie Gloria advanced to today's singles finals of the Fresno City Tennis Championships at Sierra Sport & Racquet Club.
Top-seeded Siwy, a former Fresno State player who had scored straight-set wins in his first two matches, rallied to defeat Nick Papac 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in Sunday morning's men's semifinals.
Siwy, today at 10 a.m., will meet current Bulldog and second-seeded Remi Boutillier, who produced his third consecutive straight-set victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Rikus De Villiers.
Siwy and De Villiers, as No. 1 seeds, will play Boutillier and Jean-Charles Diame at 2 p.m. for the men's doubles crown.
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Top-seeded Gloria defeated Svetlana Krieventcheva 6-4, 6-4 in a women's singles semi. The other semi was won by No. 2 seeded Marianne Jodoin, who was trailing 0-1 in the first set when her opponent, Laura Pola, retired.
Pola and Jodoin, as second seeds, are scheduled to play fourth-seeded Vanessa Heroux and Yuniko Justin in today's doubles championship at noon. Heroux and Justin conquered top-seeded Danon Beatty and Gloria 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the semis.
Sunker stays in command at Outlaw Cup
Brian Sunker shot his second straight 68 to take a five-stroke lead in the championship flight of the Outlaw Cup Golf Tournament at Riverbend Golf Club.
Sunker, with a two-round score of 136, leads George McKean (68-73-141) heading into today's final round. Tied for third at 144 are Mike Seieler, Nate Skibo and Bill White.
In the Senior flight at the same site, Ron Collet shot a final-round 71 and finished at 145 for a three-stroke win over Dennis Nard and Conrad Nilmeier.
Bulldogs women post another shutout
Morgan Castain scored her third goal in two games and Fresno State's defense made it stand up in a 2-0 victory over visiting Sacramento State in a nonconference soccer match at Bulldog Stadium.
The Bulldogs (3-2-1) posted their fourth shutout of the season and ran their home winning streak in the all-time series with the Hornets to eight.
Callie Hancock also scored and sophomores Tara Boynton and Lauren Lindstrom each picked up their first assists of the season.
Castain, a sophomore transfer from Washington State who scored twice in a 3-2 loss Friday at UC Santa Barbara, got Fresno State on the board in the 16th minute. She took a pass from Boynton and sent a shot in low across goalkeeper Savannah Abercrombie.
The goal was Castain's fourth this season.
Ten minutes later, Hancock found the net off a long pass from Lindstrom, chipping the ball in for her third goal of the season,
Abercrombie did make six saves for Sacramento State (1-5-0).
The Bulldogs play at No. 4 UCLA at 7 p.m. next Sunday.
Sunbirds suffer three losses to water polo powers
Fresno Pacific, worn out by a long day that opened with a pair of losses to top-10 NCAA Division I men's water polo teams, saw a fourth-quarter lead evaporate in an 8-7 loss to Redlands at the UC Irvine Invitational.
The Sunbirds earlier in the day lost 16-0 to No. 4 Stanford and 26-4 to No. 1 USC.
Redlands isn't quite in that league but close. The Bulldogs are No. 2 in the NCAA D-III rankings.
Mateja Maksimovic put Fresno Pacific ahead 7-6 with 6:21 remaining, but Redlands tied it 2 minutes later, then scored on a power play with 3:40 left.
Nick Fadden led the Sunbirds with four goals against Redlands. Glenn Lyon scored twice against USC.
The Sunbirds face D-I No. 13 UC Davis at 4 p.m. Friday in the home opener at Clovis High.
Rams men fall in soccer
Cerritos scored three unanswered goals to erase Fresno City College's early lead en route to a 3-1 win at the Hartnell men's soccer tournament.
Octavillo Murrillo scored, off a Herb Garzon assist in the 15th minute, for the Rams (1-2-2). Three players scored for the Falcons (3-0-1).
Guajardo scores twice as Pepperdine extends early roll
Anisa Guajardo (Buchanan High) scored twice and Lynn Williams (Bullard) had two assists as No. 24 Pepperdine remained unbeaten with a 3-0 women's soccer victory over visiting Michigan.
The Waves, who played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw with No. 4 UCLA on Friday, improved to 5-0-1.