Eighth-seeded Nicolas Meister of Trabuco Canyon saved two match points to beat Chris Guccione of Australia 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) Saturday in the first round of qualifying for the $100,000 RelyAid Natomas Challenger at the Natomas Racquet Club.
Guccione, a 6-foot-7 left-hander, reached a career-high No. 67 in the world in 2008. Meister turned pro in June after an All-America career at UCLA.
Jason Jung of Torrance knocked off sixth-seeded Austin Krajicek of Brandon, Fla., 7-6 (5), 6-1. Also, Mackenzie McDonald, a 17-year-old wild card from Piedmont, beat Drew Courtney of Clifton, Va., 6-2, 6-2.
Qualifying continues today at 10 a.m., and the main draw begins Monday.
Sac State volleyball falls at North Dakota
The Sacramento State women's volleyball team got 11 blocks from Ashley Newcomb and 34 digs from Sydney Kordic, career highs for both, but it wasn't enough against host North Dakota, which won the Big Sky Conference match 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22), Sac State reported.
The Hornets (5-10, 1-5) lost their fifth consecutive match. North Dakota is 7-8, 3-2.
Halsted leads UC Davis at Stanford cross country
Former Davis High School standout Trevor Halsted placed 12th overall in 24 minutes, 37 seconds as the UC Davis men's cross country team took eighth at the Stanford Invitational, UCD reported. Stanford's A squad won the team title. Former Del Campo runner Jordon Rushing covered the 8-kilometer course in 25:58 and finished 70th for the Aggies.
The UC Davis women finished 10th behind first-place Stanford. The Aggies' top finisher was Venus Shabgahi (30th over the 6K course in 21:53).
UC Davis men lose
twice in water polo
The UC Davis men's water polo team (10-5) lost twice at the SoCal Invitational in Santa Barbara, UCD reported. The Aggies fell 13-6 to UC Irvine, and later lost 12-11 to Air Force. Austin Beckwith (Jesuit High) had three goals against UC Irvine. Against Air Force, Bernie Rogers scored three goals.
Bee Sports staff
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