No. 19 Cal Beats WSU To Close Kickoff Weekend
LOS ANGELES – California women's tennis star Haley Giavara led the 19th-ranked Golden Bears to a 4-1 victory over Washington State on Monday, with the All-American clinching the result over the Cougars in the ITA Kickoff Weekend hosted by UCLA.
The 18th-ranked Giavara, a sophomore, beat the 55th-ranked Michaela Bayerlova, 7-6(10) 6-2, at court-one singles to end the consolation match and lift Cal's record to 2-1. WSU fell to 0-2.
"We did a really good job today, especially in singles, making adjustments from yesterday," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "We won all of our first sets today and pulled out a couple tiebreaks – with close ones on a couple courts – in singles. Erin (Richardson) just missed out on clinching; she was at match point right as Haley won her match. We were in a really good position in every court in singles, and that's something I'm really pleased with. This was definitely a good win, and we're excited to move forward as we start this season."
Richardson led Melissa Ates 7-6(3), 6-5 on court six when Giavara's result ended the contest.
Earlier in doubles, Cal led off the day with a win on court two, with Giavara and freshman Hannah Viller Moeller topping Ates and Yang Lee, 6-2. But two losses for the Bears gave WSU the doubles point. The Cougars clinched it when Bayerlova and Hikaru Sato beat Cal's 53rd-ranked Anna Bright and Julia Rosenqvist, 7-6(5), on court one.
In singles, the 43rd-ranked Rosenqvist bested the Cougars' Fifa Kumhom, 6-2, 6-1, to tie the match at 1-1, and the 26th-ranked Valentina Ivanov followed with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Sato to give Cal a 2-1 lead. Viller Moeller put Cal in the driver's seat with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Pang Jittakoat on court four, before Giavara sealed the win.
Cal returns to the Hellman Tennis Complex to host San Francisco on Friday at 12 p.m., weather permitting. Please stay tuned to CalBears.com and to the team's Twitter @CalWomensTennis for scheduling updates.
ITA Kickoff Weekend
#19 California 4, Washington State 1
1/25/2021 at Los Angeles, Calif.
Los Angeles Tennis Center
1. #18 Haley Giavara (Cal) def. #55 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU), 7-6(10), 6-2
2. #26 Valentina Ivanov (Cal) def. Hikaru Sato (WSU), 6-0, 6-4
3. #43 Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Fifa Kumhom (WSU), 6-2, 6-1
4. Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Pang Jittakoat (WSU), 6-3, 6-1
5. Anna Bright (Cal) vs. Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU), 6-4, 2-6, 2-3 unfinished
6. Erin Richardson (Cal) vs. Melisa Ates (WSU), 7-6(3), 6-5 unfinished
1. Michaela Bayerlova/Hikaru Sato (WSU) def. #53 Anna Bright/Julia Rosenqvist (Cal), 7-6(5)
2. Haley Giavara/Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Melisa Ates/Yang Lee (WSU), 6-2
3. Pang Jittakoat/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Valentina Ivanov/Erin Richardson (Cal), 6-4
California 2-1; National ranking #19
Washington State 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,4,1)