No. 16 Cal Plays Twice In L.A. This Week
BERKELEY – With the regular season nearing its conclusion, the No 16 California women's tennis team heads south to play the Los Angeles schools in a pair of Pac-12 Conference dual matches. The Golden Bears (13-4, 6-1 Pac-12) play No. 37 USC (11-6, 5-2 Pac-12) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium and then play No. 7 UCLA (13-3, 7-0 Pac-12) – for the third time this season – on Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Cal split its earlier matches with the Bruins, losing, 4-0, in the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Jan. 24 in L.A. and winning, 4-3, in a thrilling contest on Feb. 20 in Berkeley. In the latter, Cal freshman Jada Bui defeated Abi Altick, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3, to earn the first clinching win of her collegiate career.
The Bears conclude the regular season when they play at No. 26 Stanford on April 16 at 1:30 p.m. on the Farm. They then play in the Pac-12 Championship scheduled for April 23-26 at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.
Fans can follow the live stream and live scores for Friday's match at USC by clicking here. Click here for the link for UCLA's live stream and live scores. Match updates are also available on Twitter @CalWomensTennis.
Last Time: Bears Top Ducks, Fall To Waves
Cal beat No. 46 Oregon, 4-3, on April 2 in Eugene, Oregon, before falling to No. 7 Pepperdine, 4-3, on April 4 in Berkeley.
Hannah Viller Moeller clinched the result over the Ducks with a 6-4, 7-6(2) win over Uxia Martinez Moral. The Cal freshman and senior Anna Bright also secured the doubles point over Oregon, with a 6-4 victory over Lillian Mould and Janice Tjen. Bright and Viller Moeller likewise won in singles against Pepperdine in a close loss to the Waves at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Cal is ranked 16th in Wednesday's Tennis Channel/USTA Top 25 and is ranked No. 22 in the Oracle ITA coaches' poll as well as No. 27 in the Oracle ITA computerized rankings. Cal sophomore Haley Giavara, an All-American as a freshman, is ranked 41st in singles. She has a 10-6 record.
- The Bears' doubles pair of Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov had a notable win this year when it upset Elysia Bolton and Jada Hart – who were then ranked No. 1 – 6-4 on Feb. 20.
- Ivanov and Giavara have an 8-4 record.
- Senior Julia Rosenqvist has an 11-5 singles record including a 7-2 Pac-12 mark.
- Ivanov, a sophomore, has a 9-6 singles record, including 8-4 at court three.
- Senior Anna Bright has won 10 of her last 11 singles matches and is 13-2.
- Freshman Jada Bui is 7-3 in singles.
- Sophomore Erin Richardson is 3-3 in singles
- The court-two doubles team of Bright and Viller Moeller is 9-4, Rosenqvist and Richardson are 6-2, and the duo of Bui and Rosenqvist is 3-2
- Former two-time NCAA doubles champion Amanda Augustus is in her 14th year as head coach at her alma mater.
- The Trojans won at the Arizona schools in their last two matches, beating Arizona, 6-1, on April 2 and defeating Arizona State, 5-2, on April 3.
- Naomi Cheong is ranked 69th and Eryn Cayetano is ranked 123rd in singles.
- Alison Swain is in her fourth season as USC's head coach.
- Former Cal star Maegan Manasse is a volunteer assistant coach for the Trojans. Rachel Manasse, one of Maegan's older sisters, is also a USC assistant coach.
- The Bruins have won five straight, including 4-3 at Arizona State on April 2 and 4-0 at Arizona on April 3.
- UCLA plays at Stanford on Friday, April 9.
- Three Bruins are ranked in singles in No. 11 Abbey Forbes, No. 113 Elysia Bolton and Jada Hart, who is tied at No. 121.
- Hart and Forbes are ranked 79th in doubles.
- Stella Sampras Webster is in her 25th year as head coach of UCLA.
Giavara Named March 23 Pac-12 Player Of The Week
Haley Giavara earned the Pac-12 Player of the Week honor on March 23 after the Cal star led the Golden Bears to a sweep of Arizona and No. 25 Arizona State in Berkeley.
This marks the first career weekly conference accolade for the San Diego product. It is also Cal's second Pac-12 honor of 2021, with Valentina Ivanov claiming the award on Feb. 23.
In Cal's 7-0 rout of the Wildcats on March 19, the 18th-ranked Giavara defeated Jelena Lukic, 7-5, 7-6(5), at court-one singles. Earlier, the 40th-ranked pair of Giavara and Ivanov beat Lukic and Khim Iglupas, 6-2, to help the Bears claim the doubles point.
On March 20, Giavara bested ASU's 37th-ranked Ilze Hattingh, 6-3, 6-2, as Cal cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Sun Devils.