No. 19 Cal Tops No. 47 Cougars 4-3
BERKELEY – The No. 19 California women's tennis team completed a sweep of the Washington teams and remained perfect at home when the Golden Bears defeated No. 47 Washington State, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Danish freshman Hannah Viller Moeller clinched the victory and improved to 10-4 on the season when she beat Pang Jittakoat at court-four singles.
After completing three matches over the last five days – including a nonconference contest at No. 5 Pepperdine on Tuesday and a Friday win over No. 49 Washington – Cal has a record of 12-3, including 9-0 at Hellman and 5-1 in the Pac-12 Conference. Saturday also marked Cal's second win over Washington State in 2021, as the Bears beat the Cougars, 4-1, on Jan. 25 in the ITA Kickoff Weekend at UCLA.
The Cougars are 10-8 (2-4 Pac-12).
The Bears were excellent in doubles against the Cougars on Saturday and against Washington on Friday in Berkeley, winning all six matches. Against WSU, Cal's Valentina Ivanov and Haley Giavara posted a 6-3 win over Michaela Bayerlova and Hikaru Sato, and then Viller Moeller and Anna Bright clinched the point with a 6-1 victory over Melisa Ates and Yang Lee. The pair of Erin Richardson and Julia Rosenqvist wrapped up doubles with a 7-5 result over Jittakoat and Fifa Kumhom.
In singles, a strong serve and a big forehand powered Ivanov's 6-1, 6-4 win over Kumhom on court three and lifted Cal to a 2-0 lead. Cami Brown earned her second singles start in as many days, but this time the Cal freshman fell to the Cougars' Ates, 6-1, 7-5, on court six.
Anna Bright, who was unbeaten in doubles and singles over the last two days, beat Savanna Ly-Nguyen, 6-2, 6-3, on court five to propel the Bears to a 3-1 lead. That set up Viller Moeller to secure the win with her 6-2, 6-4 result over Jittikoat.
Against the Washington teams, the Bears were able to get match time for Richardson – who played singles on Friday and doubles on Saturday – and Brown, who won her first collegiate singles match against the Huskies.
"We simulate sets in practice, but it's good to see how it all looks when you get into a real dual match, especially a conference dual match," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "I'm pleased overall. This team is learning to work together well, and I was especially happy with the doubles all weekend.
"With having three matches this week, it was a good test to see where we're at. We handled it well. Now we have a short week, with Oregon and Pepperdine, so we'll see how we do."
Cal plays at Oregon on Friday, April 2, at 11:30 a.m. and, in the regular-season home finale, hosts the fifth-ranked Waves on Sunday, April 4, at 12 p.m.
No. 19 California (12-3, 5-1 Pac-12) defeated No. 47 Washington State (10-8, 2-4 Pac-12), 4-3
March 27, 2021, in Berkeley, Calif.
Hellman Tennis Complex
1. Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov (Cal) def. Michaela Bayerlova/Hikaru Sato (WSU), 6-3
2. Anna Bright/Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Melisa Ates/Yang Lee (WSU), 6-1*
3. Erin Richardson/Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Pang Jittakoat/Fifa Kumhom (WSU), 7-5
Order of Finish – 1, 2*, 3
*Clinched the doubles point
1. No. 69 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) def. No. 83 Haley Giavara (Cal), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0(8)
2. Hikaru Sato (WSU) def. Julia Rosenqvist (Cal), 7-6(3), 6-4
3. Valentina Ivanov (Cal) def. Fifa Kumhom (WSU), 6-1, 6-4
4. Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Pang Jittakoat (WSU), 6-2, 6-4^
5. Anna Bright (Cal) def. Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU), 6-2, 6-3
6. Melisa Ates (WSU) def. Cami Brown (Cal), 6-1, 7-5
Order of Finish – 3, 6, 5, 4^, 2, 1
^Clinched the doubles point