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Huskies Bay Area Bound To Take On Bears, Cardinal

Mar 25, 2021


Friday, March 26 | Berkeley, Calif.
No. 49 Washington at No. 25 California, 1:30 pm
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Saturday, March 27 | Stanford, Calif.
No. 49 Washington at No. 35 Stanford, 12 pm
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SEATTLE - Washington Women's Tennis returns to Pac-12 play this weekend and will look to get in its first road matches of the year, going up against 25th-ranked California and 35th-ranked Stanford this Friday and Saturday. The Huskies and Golden Bears will battle in Berkeley at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, then UW will take on the Cardinal at 12 noon on Saturday.

It's just the second road trip of the year for the Dawgs, and the first one to Hawaii was rained out, so the Huskies are itching for their first road matches this weekend.

The Huskies (9-4, 1-3 Pac-12) have played just once in the past week, defeating Portland 7-0 last Sunday. This week Vanessa Wong moved up to No. 30 in the ITA singles rankings thanks to her 12-1 record at the No. 1 singles spot thus far.

Cal is 10-3 this season with several big wins to its name. The Bears defeated UCLA by a 4-3 count in non-conference play and swept the Arizona schools last week to get to 3-1 in Pac-12 play, having been upset once at Colorado. The Bears just had a 6-1 loss to No. 4 Pepperdine on Tuesday, with Haley Giavara winning at No. 1 singles. Giavara ranked 18th in singles in the preseason but now has dropped to 83rd mostly due to having played fewer matches than most players. 

The Cardinal have only played eight matches thus far, having won them all, and has gone 4-0 in Pac-12 play with wins over Colorado, Utah, Arizona State, and Arizona. Stanford has dropped only four matches in singles play and is 19-2 combined in doubles competition. With just six matches under her belt, Ana Geller ranked 103rd in singles. In the preseason rankings, Michaela Gordon ranked 10th in singles, Angelica Blake ranked 58th, Emily Arbuthnott was 63rd, and Janice Shin ranked 114th. Arbuthnott and Blake ranked 9th in the preseason doubles rankings and Emma Higuchi and Sara Choy were 32nd.