Cal Closes Commanding Performance In Honolulu
HONOLULU – California women's tennis wrapped up the Weinman Foundation Invitational on Saturday, capturing 12 of 13 matches on the Golden Bears' final day at the UH Tennis Complex.
The Bears won eight of nine singles matches, including Valentina Ivanov's 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Washington State's Savanna Ly-Nguyen. Cal had a commanding start to 2022, with seven Bears each going 3-0 in singles over the three-day tournament. The seven included newcomer Katja Wiersholm, who posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Washington State's Maxine Murphy on Saturday.
Cal – which went 4-0 in doubles on Saturday – didn't lose a doubles match in Honolulu.
"I am really pleased with how the team played in this first tournament of the spring," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "I was happiest with our level of fitness in warm conditions over the three-day tournament."
Wiersholm, a freshman, was also unbeaten in doubles, pairing with Hannah Viller Moeller on Saturday to beat Washington State's Yang Lee and Fifa Kumhom, 8-6.
"Katja had a great tournament for the Bears, going undefeated in singles and doubles while playing with three different partners," Augustus said. "It was a fantastic debut."
Added Augustus, "We especially enjoyed this trip as the team winning the Newmark Award helped make it possible, so we want to again thank Kent and Pat Newmark for their generosity and support of the academic success of the program as well as of the Bears' on-court accolades."
In August, Cal women's tennis was one of five Cal teams honored with a Newmark Award, an annual accolade given to the teams on campus with the best cumulative grade-point average for the previous year. The award includes a stipend added to the team's operating budget. Women's tennis won the Small Team Award with a GPA of 3.593.
The Bears continue tournament play when they return home to host the annual Cal Winter Invitational from Jan. 14-16 at the Hellman Tennis Complex and the Channing Tennis Courts.
Weinman Foundation Invitational – Day 3
Jan. 8, 2022, in Honolulu, Hawaii
UH Tennis Complex
Erin Richardson (Cal) def. Avery Williams (Hawaii) 6-0, 6-2
Gitte Heynemans (Hawaii) def. Cami Brown (Cal) 6-3, 6-4
Nidhi Surapaneni (Hawaii) def. Stefaniia Mikhailova (Washington State) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(8)
Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Fifa Kumhom (Washington State) 6-3, 6-3
Makenna Thiel (Cal) def. Tal Talya Zandberg (Hawaii) 6-3, 6-0
Haley Giavara (Cal) def. Satsuki Takamura (Hawaii) 6-1, 6-4
No. 110 Jessica Alsola (Cal) def. Lea Romain (Hawaii) 7-6(5), 6-2
No. 108 Valentina Ivanov (Cal) def. Savanna Ly-Nguyen (Washington State) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
Katja Wiersholm (Cal) def. Maxine Murphy (Washington State) 6-3, 6-3
Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Elyse Tse (Washington State) 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4
Julia Rosenqvist/Makenna Thiel (Cal) def. Gitte Heynemans/Lea Romain (Hawaii) 8-3
No. 27 Jessica Alsola/Erin Richardson (Cal) def. Satsuki Takamura/Nidhi Surapaneni (Hawaii) 8-6
Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov (Cal) def. Elyse Tse/Maxine Murphy (Washington State) 8-1
Hannah Viller Moeller/Katja Wiersholm (Cal) def. Yang Lee/Fifa Kumhom (Washington State) 8-6
Tal Talya Zandberg/Ana Vilcek (Hawaii) def. Stefaniea Mikhailova/Savanna Ly-Nguyen (Washington State) 8-4