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Women's Tennis Drops Non-Conference Heartbreaker at Cal

Feb 20, 2021
Abbey Forbes (Photo: Eric Hurd)

BERKELEY, Calif. – The No. 3 UCLA women's tennis team dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 17 California in a non-conference match Saturday afternoon at Hellman Tennis Complex.

The Bruins (5-2) could not seize the doubles point and had an uphill battle from there. They were able to claim leads at 2-1 and 3-2, but dropped each of the remaining contests in three sets. Jada Bui of the Golden Bears (5-1) clinched the match on Court 4. Abbey Forbes, Jada Hart and Sasha Vagramov logged singles wins for UCLA.

Annette Goulak and Vivian Wolff got the Bruins off on the right foot in doubles play, cruising to a 6-2 defeat of Anna Bright and Hannah Viller Moeller on Court 2.The win victory marked the fifth in six matches and the third in a row for Goulak and Wolff.

In a back-and-forth match on Court 1 where neither team could gain a decided advantage, No. 40 Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov broke through to take the final two games and a win over top-ranked Hart and Elysia Bolton.

Abi Altick and Taylor Johnson of UCLA held leads of 4-1 and 5-2 on Court 3, but Erin Richardson and Julia Rosenqvist mounted a comeback that resulted in a tiebreaker that would decide the day's first point. Rchardson and Rosenqvist narrowly won that, 8-6, to give Cal the first point.

No. 7 Forbes quickly pulled the Bruins even with a dominating effort on the top court, defeating No. 18 Giavara by a 6-2, 6-0 score. Each of Forbes' six matches has been played against a ranked opponent. She has won five of them.

No. 19 Hart would give UCLA the lead with a ranked of her own against No. 43 Rosenqvist, 6-4, 6-2.

Viller Moeller answered with a 6-3, 7-5 effort against Goulak on Court 4 to tie the score once again.

No. 113 Vagramov, who dug an early hole against Anna Bright, came back to force a first-set tiebreaker on Court 6. Not only would the Bruin prevail there, but she took control of the second set for a 7-6(6), 6-1 victory. Vagramov has won each of her first two singles matches this season.

The third-set affairs on Courts 3 and 4 ultimately belonged to the Golden Bears, beginning with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win by No. 26 Ivanov over Wolff on 3. Bui would close out Altick soon after, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3, to seal the overall win.

Next up for UCLA is a non-conference rivalry match with No. 15 USC on Friday, Feb. 26. First serve from Marks Tennis Stadium is set for 12 p.m., PT.

Tennis Match Results
UCLA vs California
2/20/2021 at Berkeley, CA
(Hellman Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. #7 Abbey Forbes (UCLA) def. #18 Haley Giavara (CAL) 6-2, 6-0
2. #19 Jada Hart (UCLA) def. #43 Julia Rosenqvist (CAL) 6-4, 6-2
3. #26 Valentina Ivanov (CAL) def. Vivian Wolff (UCLA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
4. Jada Bui (CAL) def. Abi Altick (UCLA), 6-7(5) 6-2, 6-3
5. Hannah Viller Moeller (CAL) def. Annette Goulak (UCLA) 6-3, 7-5
6. #113 Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Anna Bright (CAL) 7-6(6), 6-1

Doubles competition
1. No. 40 Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov (CAL) def. No. 1 Elysia Bolton/Jada Hart (UCLA), 6-4
2. Annette Goulak/Vivian Wolff (UCLA) def. Anna Bright/Hannah Viller Moeller (CAL) 6-2
3. Erin Richardson/Julia Rosenqvist (CAL) def. Abi Altick (UCLA), 7-6(6)

Match Notes:
UCLA 5-2; National ranking #3
California 5-1; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,5,6,3,4)