Regional digest: Defending champ Sanchez to return for Gold River Challenger

Published: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 - 6:18 am

Maria Sanchez of Modesto will defend her title in the $50,000 FSP Gold River Challenger professional women's tennis tournament at Gold River Racquet Club.

Qualifying begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and main the draw begins Monday, while the final will be July 6 at 7 p.m.

Sanchez, who played at USC and is No. 114 in the world, is the top seed in a field that also features former top-20 player Alisa Kleybanova, a 23-year-old Russian who didn't play for more than two years while recovering from Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Kleybanova had earned more than $2 million and climbed in the rankings to No. 20 in late 2011 when she was diagnosed with the cancer. Now ranked 940, she is attempting a comeback, with the Gold River tournament her third of the year.

Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, seeded second, will likely withdraw after she upset Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Larcher de Brito, No. 114 in the world, plays Karin Knapp of Italy in a third-round match today.

The Challenger, part of the USTA Pro Circuit, is the only $50,000 event scheduled for California in 2013. The USTA circuit holds entry-level professional tournaments offering prize money from $10,000 to $100,000, and Challenger-level events are stepping stones to WTA Tour events. Qualifying on Saturday and Sunday is free. Admission for Monday through Thursday is $10 daily. Tickets for next Friday's semifinals and Saturday's final are $20 daily.

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– Bee Sports staff

Daly, Barnes, Duval set for Reno-Tahoe Open

Several PGA Tour players have committed to playing in the 15th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux.

John Daly, Ricky Barnes, Rich Beem, David Duval and defending champ J.J. Henry are among the players in the field for the $3 million event.

The tournament will be Aug. 1-4, with pro-ams on July 29 and July 31.

For more information, go to or call (775) 322-3900.

– Bee Sports staff

William Jessup hires new men's basketball coach

Lance Von Vogt has been hired as men's basketball coach at William Jessup, the university reported.

Von Vogt coached three seasons at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Wash., with a 65-25 record, including 34-12 in the North Division of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

He also was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz., an assistant at Eastern Kentucky and head coach at Emory University's Oxford College.

– Bee Sports staff

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