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No. 17 Cal Clashes With No. 3 UCLA, UCSB This Weekend

Feb 17, 2021
The 18th-ranked Haley Giavara has a 3-1 singles record heading into this weekend's matches.

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BERKELEY – The 17th-ranked California women's tennis team faces third-ranked UCLA for the second time in the early season on Saturday at 12 p.m. and then hosts UC Santa Barbara on Sunday at 12 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
 
The Golden Bears bring a 4-1 record into the weekend, and UCLA is 5-1. UCSB makes its season debut on Saturday at UC Davis.
 
In their earlier match, Cal lost to UCLA, 4-0, in the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Jan. 24 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
 
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Last Time: Cal Tramples Tigers
Cal posted another dominant performance on a sunny afternoon on Feb. 12 at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Bears did not drop a set for the second consecutive match en route to a 7-0 victory over Pacific. Cal senior Julia Rosenqvist clinched the win with a 6-2, 6-1 result over Zoe Eberle at court-two singles.
 
Cal improved its record to 4-1 – including 3-0 at home – while the Tigers fell to 0-2.
 
The Bears swept the three doubles matches, with the 40th-ranked Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov clinching the point with a 6-1 win over Eberle and Klara Kosan on court one.
 
Poll Position
Cal moved up to No. 17 in the Oracle ITA Rankings that came out Wednesday.
 
Three Bears are ranked in singles and two Cal duos are ranked in doubles. Haley Giavara (3-1) – a singles All-American and the ITA Northwest Regional Rookie of the Year in 2019-20 – is ranked 18th. She beat 70th-ranked Klara Kosan, 7-6(7), 6-3, in the rout of Pacific.
 
Senior Julia Rosenqvist (4-0), ranked 43rd, clinched the win over Pacific with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Zoe Eberle. The 26th-ranked Valentina Ivanov (3-2) also posted a 6-2, 6-1 win against the Tigers in a victory over Elise Frigout.
 
In doubles, Giavara and Ivanov (2-0) are ranked 40th, and the duo of Rosenqvist and Anna Bright (1-2) is 43rd.
 
Scouting UCLA

  • The Bruins routed San Diego, 7-0, in their last match on Feb. 13
  • UCLA reached the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Feb. 6, falling to then-No. 3 Texas, 4-2
  • Five Bruins are ranked in singles in No. 7 Abbey Forbes, No. 9 Elysia Bolton, No. 19 Jada Hart, No. 113 Sasha Vagramov and No. 119 Vanessa Ong
  • The doubles team of Bolton and Hart is ranked No. 1
  • Stella Sampras Webster is in her 25th year as head coach of the Bruins

Scouting UCSB

  • UCSB ended its abbreviated 2019-20 season with a 5-8 record
  • The Gauchos' upset No. 32 San Diego, 4-3, on the road in the spring of 2020
  • Head coach Simon Thibodeau is in his ninth season at UCSB