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USC Women’s Tennis Falls to California 4-3

Apr 9, 2021

LOS ANGELES--The No. 34 USC women's tennis team fell to No. 27 California 4-3 today (Apr. 9) at Marks Stadium. The Women of Troy now hold a 11-7 overall record and a 5-3 Pac-12 record for the 2021 season.
 
The Trojan pair of Cheong/Dvorak came out swinging and claimed the first win of the day with their 6-3 victory over Cal's Bui/Rosenqvist on court three. The Golden Bears responded with a 6-4 victory from court one as Giavara/Ivanov beat USC's Cayetano/Kulikov 6-4. The doubles point rested on the result from court two. After an extremely close battle and tying up the set multiple times, Cal's Bright/Viller Moeller came out on top with a 7-6 (5) win over Trojans Ewing/McKee to claim the doubles point.
 
USC entered singles at a 0-1 deficit. Trojan junior Salma Ewing put the first point on the board for USC with her 6-2, 6-0 victory over Cal's No. 41 Haley Giavara to tie up the match at 1-1. 
 
Trojan freshman No. 69 Naomi Cheong was forced to retire due to injury which gave the court's win to Golden Bear Valentina Ivanov and the point to Cal. The Golden Bears scored another point as Anna Bright defeated USC redshirt senior Constance Branstine 6-2, 6-2 on court six to take a 3-1 lead. 
 
On court five, Cal's Hannah Viller Moeller defeated Trojan redshirt senior Summer Dvorak 6-4, 6-0 to clinch the match for the Golden Bears. 
 
Although Cal had won the match, the remaining courts were played out. 
 
USC junior Danielle Willson notched a win for Troy as she defeated Cal's Jada Bui 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) on court four. Trojan sophomore Eryn Cayetano closed out the match with a win from court two by beating Golden Beat Julia Rosenqvist 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 to make the final score 4-3. 
 
USC returns to Marks Stadium tomorrow (Apr. 10) to challenge Stanford at 12 p.m. PT. 

No. 27 California 4,  No. 34 USC 3
April 9, 2021 – Marks Stadium | Los Angeles, Cali.  
Doubles 

  1. Giavara/Ivanov (Cal) def. Cayetano/Kulikov (USC) – 6-4
  2. Bright/Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Ewing/McKee (USC)– 7-6 (5)*
  3. Cheong/Dvorak (USC) def. Bui/Rosenqvist (Cal) – 6-3

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Cal wins the doubles point
Singles 

  1. Salma Ewing (USC) def. #41 Haley Giavara (Cal) – 6-2, 6-0
  2. #123 Eryn Cayetano (USC) def. Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) – 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
  3. Valentina Ivanov (Cal) def. #69 Naomi Cheong (USC) – 6-3, 1-6 ret. 
  4. Danielle Willson (USC) def. Jada Bui (Cal) –  4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)
  5. Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Summer Dvorak (USC) – 6-4, 6-0*
  6. Anna Bright (Cal) def. Constance Branstine (USC) – 6-2, 6-2

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 5*, 4, 2