No. 19 Cal Rallies in Singles to Top Cougars, 4-1
LOS ANGELES – Washington State Women's Tennis captured the opening doubles point but drew no closer as the Cougars fell to No. 19 California, 4-1, during the second day of the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 0-2 on the season while Cal improves to 2-1.
Washington State began the day with an upset at No. 1 doubles to take the opening point. Trailing 2-4 in the match, WSU's Michaela Bayerlova and Hikaru Sato rallied with three service breaks to force a tiebreaker against the nation's No. 53 duo of Anna Bright and Julia Rosenqvist. The Cougars jumped to a 3-0 lead and never trailed in the tiebreaker, winning 7-5 to give WSU the 1-0 lead.
At No. 3 doubles, Fifa Kumhom and Pang Jittakoat raced to a 5-0 lead over Valentina Ivanov and Eric Richardson before the Cal duo stormed back to make it a 5-4 match. At deuce of the next game, the Cougars capitalized on their first match point for the 6-4 victory. At No. 2, Cal's Hailey Giavara and Hannah Viller Moeller posted a 6-2 win over Melisa Ates and Yang Lee.
In singles action, Cal took its first lead of the match following wins at No. 2 and 3. At No. 2, Ivanov, ranked No. 26 nationally, jumped all over Sato, taking a 6-0, 5-1 lead before the Cougar junior fought back with three set games to narrow the second set to 5-4. Ivanov captured the next game to close out the 6-0, 6-4 win. At No. 3, Cal's Rosenqvist posted a straight-set, 6-2, 6-1 win over Kumhom to give the Bears a 2-1 advantage.
The lead moved to 3-1 when Cal's Viller Moeller recorded a 6-3, 6-1 win over Jittakoat. The clinching match came at No. 1 where WSU's Bayerlova, ranked No. 55, and No. 18 Giavara were locked in a tight battle. In the first set Bayerlova stormed to a 4-1 lead only to have Giavara tie it a 5-5. In the first-set tiebreaker, Bayerlova had three set points and fended off two others before Giavara ran off three-straight points win the breaker 12-10. In the second set, Bayerlova trailed 2-3 before Giavara won the final three games to clinch the team victory.
Two other matches were stopped once the team outcome was decided. At No. 5, WSU's Savanna Ly-Nguyen was leading Anna Bright, 4-6, 6-2, 3-2 at No. 5 while Cougar captain Melisa Ates was trailing 6-7, 5-6 at No. 6.
The Cougars are next in action Saturday, Jan. 30, when they host a pair of matches at the Simmelink Tennis Courts. WSU will face Montana at 9:30 a.m. followed by Eastern Washington at 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 19 California 4 – Washington State 1
January 25, 2021
Los Angeles Tennis Center
Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 1 Michaela Bayerlova/Hikaru Sato (WSU) def. #53 Anna Bright/Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) 7-6 (5)
No. 2 Hailey Giavara/Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Melisa Ates/Yang Lee (WSU) 6-2
No. 3 Fifa Kumhom/Pang Jittakoat (WSU) def. Valentina Ivanov/Erin Richardson (Cal) 6-4
Order of Finish: 2,3,1
No. 1 #18 Haley Giavara (Cal) def. #55 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) 7-6 (10), 6-2
No. 2 #26 Valentina Ivanov (Cal) def. Hikaru Sato (WSU) 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 #43 Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Pang Jittakoat (WSU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) vs. Anna Bright (Cal) 4-6, 6-2, 3-2 DNF
No. 6 Melisa Ates (WSU) vs. Eric Richardson (Cal) 6-7 (3), 5-6 DNF
Order of Finish: 3,2,4,1