Women's Tennis Sweeps Cal to Claim Pac-12 Title
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 9/7 UCLA women's tennis team secured the regular-season Pac-12 championship Saturday afternoon, defeating No. 27/22 California by a 7-0 score at Los Angeles Tennis Center.
The conference title is the second in program history. UCLA previously shared the crown with Stanford in 2008. With their 7-0 wins over Cal and Stanford over the last two days, the Bruins established a two –match lead over both teams with just one to play. The Bruins improved to 15-3 on the season, 9-0 in Pac-12 play, and will be the No. 1 seed at the Pac-12 Championships later this month in San Diego.
For the fourth time in five matches, and second in as many days, Vivian Wolff clinched the overall win. The 1-2 combination of Abbey Forbes and Jada Hart preceded her and just one win on the day came in three sets. The Golden Bears (14-5, 7-2) picked up just one doubles victory.
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Wolff and Annette Goulak prevailed for the 11th time in 12 decisions on the second doubles court, handing Anna Bright and Hannah Viller Moeller a 6-1 loss. Goulak and Wolff are 13-2 overall. Jada Bui and Erin Richardson pulled Cal even with a 6-4 result against Elysia Bolton on Court 3, putting the focus up top. There, No 79 Forbes and Hart took the final three games for a 6-3 victory and the initial point of the match.
No. 121 Hart got UCLA started in singles play with a dominant performance against Julia Rosenqvist on Court 2. With her 6-2, 6-0 victory, Hart has now won her last six matches, including five in straight sets.
No. 11 Forbes followed Hart's lead with a 6-2, 6-0 win of her own against No. 41 Giavara, improving her record against nationally-ranked opponents to 12-1. She has also won each of her three matches from Giavara this season in straight sets. The top-court triumph put the Bruins one point away from the decision.
Once again, that came on Court 4 with Wolff. She continued her impeccable timing, closing out Bui, 6-1, 6-4, to give UCLA its first win of the day on the back courts and its first Pac-12 championship in 13 years.
The remaining matches were completed, with Vanessa Ong the next to finish on Court 6. She improved to 4-1 in her debut season, including 4-0 at LATC. She has twice been victorious against a counterpart from the Golden Bears.
No. 113 Bolton would not let her match reach a third set, either, taking down Ivanov, 6-3, 6-4 on Court 3. Bolton knocked off formerly-ranked players Ivanov and Emily Arbuthnott of Stanford in her first two matches back in the singles lineup since February.
In the lone match to reach three sets, Goulak outlasted Viller Moeller by a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 score. Goulak continued her consistent play on the back courts, moving her singles record to 12-2. She also has a team-high 25 total wins. Goulak, Forbes and Hart have combined to go 21-0 in conference singles matches.
The Bruins, who took their rubber match from Cal Saturday, will have a chance to do the same against No. 5/4 Pepperdine at LATC on Wednesday, April 14. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m., PT.
Tennis Match Results
California vs UCLA
4/10/2021 at Los Angeles, CA
(Los Angeles Tennis Center)
#9 UCLA 7, #27 California 0
1. #11 Abbey Forbes (UCLA) def. #41 Haley Giavara (CAL) 6-2, 6-0
2. #121 Jada Hart (UCLA) def. Julia Rosenqvist (CAL) 6-2, 6-0
3. #113 Elysia Bolton (UCLA) def. Valentina Ivanov (CAL) 6-3, 6-4
4. Vivian Wolff (UCLA) def. Jada Bui (CAL) 6-1, 6-4
5. Annette Goulak (UCLA) def. H. Viller Moeller (CAL) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
6. Vanessa Ong (UCLA) def. Anna Bright (CAL) 6-2, 6-2
1. #79 Abbey Forbes/Jada Hart (UCLA) def. Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov (CAL) 6-3
2. Annette Goulak/Vivian Wolff (UCLA) def. Anna Bright/H. Viller Moeller (CAL) 6-1
3. Jada Bui/Erin Richardson (CAL) def. Elysia Bolton/Taylor Johnson (UCLA) 6-4
California 14-5; National ranking #27
UCLA 15-3; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,1,4,6,3,5)