No. 16 Cal Edged 4-3 by No. 26 Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. - The 16th-ranked California women's tennis team battled No. 26 Stanford on Friday in yet another close Big Slam between the rivals, but the host team prevailed, 4-3, to close the regular season at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The Cardinal clinched its win when Sara Choy defeated Cal freshman Hannah Viller Moeller, 6-2, 6-3 at court-five singles.
Cal's record stands at 14-6 overall (7-3 Pac-12). Stanford is 13-3 (8-2 Pac-12).
Friday's dual match was Cal's first on the Farm since April 20, 2018, though some Golden Bears competed in the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Stanford in October 2019.
"It was a classic Cal-Stanford battle – a super-close match, with a high level of play," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "It was just so interesting because we haven't played there in a few years. We were a point away from winning the doubles point, and obviously with our three singles wins that could've changed the outcome of the match. We did a lot of things well."
The teams had a tight finish in doubles. Cal started out with a win on court one, as Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov topped Michael Gordon and Niluka Madurawe, 6-3. The Bears' duo of Anna Bright and Hannah Viller Moeller fell to Emily Arbuthnott and Angelica Blake, 6-3, on court two, leaving court three to decide the point. Cal's Jada Bui and Erin Richardson had set point at 5-4 but couldn't close out the match. Instead Choy and Emma Higuchi won 7-5, and the Cardinal claimed the doubles point.
Stanford won the first two matches in singles to take a 3-0 lead.
But Cal rebounded when Julia Rosenqvist bested Arbuthnott, 6-1, 6-2, on court three and Bui beat Ana Geller, 6-4, 6-2, on court four. Cal trailed 3-2.
The court five match then decided the overall result, as Stanford took a 4-2 lead.
In the last match of the day, Bright won a hard-fought battle over Higuchi, 6-7(5), 6-2, 1-0(7), on court six to complete the score.
"We played better today than last weekend, and we're still improving going into San Diego next week," Augustus said. "We could very possibly play Stanford again. We're more familiar with how their players are playing after not seeing them for so long."
The Bears will compete in the Pac-12 Championship starting one week from today, on April 23 at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.
No. 26 Stanford (13-3, 8-2 Pac-12) defeated No. 16 California (14-6, 7-3 Pac-12), 4-3
April 16, 2021, in Stanford, Calif.
Taube Family Tennis Stadium
1) Giavara/Ivanov (CAL) d. Gordon/Madurawe (STAN) 6-3
2) Arbuthnott/Blake (STAN) d. Bright/Viller Moeller (CAL) 6-3
3) Choy/Higuchi (STAN) d. Bui/Richardson (CAL) 7-5*
Order of Finish - 1, 2, 3*
*Clinched the doubles point
1) No. 41 Michaela Gordon (STAN) d. No. 58 Haley Giavara (CAL) 6-1, 6-1
2) Angelica Blake (STAN) d. Valentina Ivanov (CAL) 6-0, 6-2
3) Julia Rosenqvist (CAL) d. Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) 6-1, 6-2
4) Jada Bui (CAL) d. Ana Geller (STAN) 6-4, 6-2
5) Sara Choy (STAN) d. Hannah Viller Moeller (CAL) 6-2, 6-3
6) Anna Bright (CAL) d. Emma Higuchi (STAN) 6-7(5), 6-2, 1-0 (7)
Order of Finish - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5^, 6
^Clinched the overall match