No. 17 Cal Tops San Diego 4-3
SAN DIEGO - Seventeenth-ranked California women's tennis posted a 4-3 result over San Diego on Sunday, with Valentina Ivanov clinching the nonconference win. The 26th-ranked Golden Bear defeated Jordyn McBride, 6-4, 6-3, at court-three singles to secure the victory at the Hogan Tennis Center.
Cal's record improved to 8-2, while USD fell to 5-3.
The Bears got off to a 1-0 start after taking the doubles point. Cal's Jada Bui and Julia Rosenqvist won the first match, 6-2, over McBride and Abigail Desiatnikov on court three, before Anna Bright and Hannah Viller Moeller beat Kati Kukaras and Victoria Kalaitzis, 6-3, on court two to clinch the point. The Bears suffered a setback when the 40th-ranked Ivanov and Haley Giavara lost to Solymar Colling and Elizabeth Goldsmith, 6-4, on court one.
Cal's lead increased to 2-0 when Bui bested Victoria Kalaitzis, 6-1, 6-0, at court-four singles, but USD took the next point when Abigail Desiatnikov beat Viller Moeller, 6-2, 6-2, on court five. Bright posted a 6-2, 6-0 win over Kukaras on court six to give Cal a 3-1 advantage, and then Ivanov completed her match to give Cal a 4-1 lead and wrap up the overall win.
The Bears lost the final two matches to leave the final score 4-3, as the 18th-ranked Giavara fell to the 61st-ranked Colling, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, on court one and the 43rd-ranked Rosenqvist dropped a 6-3, 5-7, 1-0(6) contest to the 124th-ranked Goldsmith on court two.
"Our goal always is to play the most competitive national schedule we can play, and we had a good opponent today," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "That team is a very competitive, tough team. It was good to get a road match in under different conditions.
"We did a good job of getting the doubles point, and we did a good job of keeping up the momentum after that. We're just going to keep working on our doubles; we're getting better every week."
Cal returns to Pac-12 Conference play when it hosts Arizona on Friday, March 19, and Arizona State on Saturday, March 20, at the Hellman Tennis Complex.