No. 20 Cal Faces Waves, Huskies, Cougars This Week
BERKELEY – Fresh off a sweep of the Arizona teams, the No. 20 California women's tennis team faces a busy slate of three nationally ranked opponents this week, with the Golden Bears playing at No. 4 Pepperdine and then hosting No. 42 Washington and No. 39 Washington State. Cal battles the Waves in a nonconference match on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Malibu. The Bears return home to the Hellman Tennis Complex to play the Huskies on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and the Cougars on Saturday at 12 p.m. in a pair of Pac-12 contests.
Cal improved its record to 10-2 – including 6-0 at home and 3-1 in the Pac-12 – after routing Arizona, 7-0, on March 19 and dismantling No. 25 Arizona State, 6-1, on March 20 at Hellman. Pepperdine has an 8-2 record, Washington is 9-4 (1-3 Pac-12) and Washington State is 10-6 (2-2 Pac-12).
The Bears are 1-0 against Washington State this season, after beating the Cougars, 4-1, in the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Jan. 25 at UCLA.
Fans can follow Tuesday's match through Pepperdine's live stream and live scores by clicking here. With the public not allowed to attend Cal home events due to local COVID-19 protocols, fans can follow the matches in Berkeley via the Hellman live stream and live scores here. Match updates are also available on Twitter @CalWomensTennis.
Last Time: Cal Beats Wildcats, Sun Devils
Cal went 2-0 and swept singles against the Arizona teams from March 19-20 at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Against the Sun Devils, Cal's 43rd-ranked Julia Rosenqvist clinched the match with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 victory over the 115th-ranked Sammi Hampton at court-two singles. One day earlier, freshman Jada Bui clinched her second Cal win of the season when she bested Arizona's Abby Amos, 6-3, 6-2, on court four. The tandem of Rosenqvist and Bui also secured the doubles point against the Wildcats with a 6-2 win over Amos and Talya Zandberg.
Cal was ranked 20th in the March 17 Oracle ITA Rankings, with the new poll coming out on Wednesday, March 24. New singles and doubles rankings will also come out on March 17. Currently, the same three Bears are ranked in singles in No. 18 Haley Giavara (8-3), No. 26 Valentina Ivanov (8-4) and No. 43 Julia Rosenqvist (9-2). In doubles, Giavara and Ivanov (5-2) are ranked 40th, and the duo of Rosenqvist and Anna Bright is ranked 43rd (1-2).
- Cal has won four straight matches
- The Bears host Pepperdine on April 4
- In Cal's win over WSU in January, Haley Giavara clinched with a 7-6(10), 6-2 result over Michaela Bayerlova
- The Bears' doubles pair of Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov had a notable win this year when it upset the top-ranked Elysia Bolton and Jada Hart, 6-4, in Cal's 4-3 win over No. 3 UCLA on Feb. 20
- Senior Anna Bright has won six straight in singles to improve to 9-1
- Hannah Viller Moeller and Jada Bui have had strong starts to their Cal careers in singles, as Viller Moeller is 9-2 and Bui is 7-0
- Sophomore Erin Richardson is 3-2 in singles
- The doubles team of Bright and Viller Moeller is 5-4, while Rosenqvist and Richardson are 5-1 and the duo of Bui and Rosenqvist is 2-1
- Former two-time NCAA doubles champion Amanda Augustus is in her 14th year as head coach at her alma mater
- The Waves are on a five-match winning streak and most recently beat No. 5 UCLA, 4-3, on March 12 and No. 21 USC, 4-1, on March 14
- Six Waves are ranked in singles in No. 1 Ashley Lahey, No. 12 Shiori Fukuda, No. 33 Jessica Failla, No. 36 Anastasia Iamachkine, No. 45 Lexi Ryngler and No. 88 Taisiya Pachkaleva
- Per Nilsson is in his seventh season as Pepperdine's head coach
- UW beat Portland, 7-0, on March 21 in Seattle
- Vanessa Wong is ranked 74th in singles
- Wong and Natsuho Arakawa are ranked No. 17 in doubles
- Robin Stephenson is in her seventh year as head coach of the Huskies
Scouting Washington State
- The Cougars – who've won three straight – play at Stanford on Friday at 2 p.m.
- WSU beat Eastern Washington twice by the score of 4-0 on March 21 in Pullman
- Michaela Bayerlova is ranked 55th in singles
- Lisa Hart is in her 18th season as WSU's head coach
Cal plays at Oregon in a Pac-12 match on April 2 and then hosts Pepperdine in nonconference action on April 4.