No. 20 Cal Falls To No. 4 Pepperdine 6-1
MALIBU, Calif. – Haley Giavara won again in singles, but No. 20 Cal women's tennis lost to fourth-ranked Pepperdine, 6-1, on Tuesday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
The Golden Bears' record now stand at 10-3 after the nonconference result. The Waves are 9-2.
Named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Tuesday for her play in Cal's previous matches against Arizona and Arizona State, the 18th-ranked Giavara defeated Pepperdine's 33rd-ranked Jessica Failla, 6-4, 6-1.
The doubles point came down to court one and the match between the 40th-ranked pair of Giavara and Valentina Ivanov and Pepperdine's Failla and Shiori Fukuda. But the Bears fell, 6-4. Earlier, Anna Bright and Hannah Viller Moeller beat the Waves' Astrid Olsen and Nikki Redelijk, 6-2, while Cal's Jada Bui and Julia Rosenqvist fell to Lisa Zaar and Taisiya Pachkaleva, 6-2.
After Pepperdine's 88th-ranked Pachkaleva upended the 43rd-ranked Rosenqvist, 6-4, 6-2, at court-two singles, Giavara prevailed on court one, and Cal trailed 2-1.
But two Cal losses – capped by Bui falling to Redelijk, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, on court four – clinched the win for the Waves.
"We were excited to get another opportunity to compete, and today we had a really great match, although the overall score didn't go our way," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "It was a close, competitive match on every single court and doubles court. We were a couple of points away from getting that doubles point.
"We'll see them again real soon at our place."
Cal hosts Pepperdine on April 4.
Augustus added "We'll work on a couple things we learned today, and we're looking forward to our Pac-12 matches this weekend."
Cal returns to the friendly confines of the Hellman Tennis Complex to host No. 42 Washington on Friday and No. 39 Washington State on Saturday.
No. 4 Pepperdine (9-2) defeated No. 20 California (10-3), 6-1
March 23, 2021, in Malibu, Calif.
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center
1. Jessica Failla/Shiori Fukuda (Pepperdine) def. No. 40 Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov (Cal), 6-4*
2. Anna Bright/Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Astrid Olsen/Nikki Redelijk (Pepperdine), 6-2
3. Lisa Zaar/Taisiya Pachkaleva (Pepperdine) def. Jada Bui/Julia Rosenqvist (Cal), 6-2
Order of finish – 2, 3, 1*
*Clinched doubles point
1. No. 18 Haley Giavara (Cal) def. No. 33 Jessica Failla (Pepperdine), 6-4, 6-1
2. No. 88 Taisiya Pachkaleva (Pepperdine) def. No. 43 Julia Rosenqvist (Cal), 6-4, 6-2
3. No. 12 Shiori Fukuda (Pepperdine) def. No. 26 Valentina Ivanov (Cal), 7-6(2), 4-6, 3-0 (ret.)
4. Nikki Redelijk (Pepperdine) def. Jada Bui (Cal), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. No. 45 Lexi Ryngler (Pepperdine) def. Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
6. Lisa Zaar (Pepperdine) def. Anna Bright (Cal), 6-4, 7-5
Order of finish – 2, 1, 6, 4^, 3, 5
^Clinched the overall match