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No. 4 Bears Blank BYU In ITA Kickoff Weekend

Jan 28, 2022
Haley Giavara clinched the win over BYU and (with Valentina Ivanov) also clinched the doubles point Friday in the ITA Kickoff Weekend.

BERKELEY – Haley Giavara led a dominant California women's tennis team on Friday in the ITA Kickoff Weekend, as the fourth-ranked Golden Bears shut out BYU, 4-0, at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Cal plays Vanderbilt on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the final of the four-team event.
 
Cal, which did not lose a set on Friday, improved its record to 3-0, while BYU fell to 1-4. The Cougars next play in Saturday's 10 a.m. consolation match against San Diego (1-1).
 
In doubles, the new Cal duo of Julia Rosenqvist and Erin Richardson quickly dispatched Emilee Astle and Kara Lin, 6-1, on court three. The veteran pair of Giavara and Valentina Ivanov followed with a 6-2 win over BYU's Leah Heimuli and Helen Jiao on court one to clinch the point. Another new Cal partnership – of freshmen Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm – didn't complete its match before the Bears clinched. But the young duo looked good, leading BYU's Anastasia Abramyan and Yujia Huang, 4-3, when court two was abandoned.
 
Of the new doubles teams, Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said, "It's a good start. That was our first doubles-point win. Getting the doubles point makes a big difference. Hopefully we can do that again tomorrow."
 
Hannah Viller Moeller gave Cal a 2-0 lead when she defeated Madison Smith, 6-0, 6-1, at court-six singles, and then Alsola added to the lead with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Abramyan on court three. Giavara wrapped up the win with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Heimuli on court one.
 
"We did a good job in singles," Augustus said. "Haley closed out really strong to get the clinch. I was pleased. Julia did a really good job of pulling out her first set. The match wasn't too long, so hopefully we'll be well-rested for tomorrow.
 
In the second match of the day at Hellman, Vanderbilt (3-0) beat San Diego, 4-1. Marcella Cruz clinched the result, beating USD's Claudia De Las Heras, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, at court-five singles.
 
The winner of Saturday's match between Cal and Vanderbilt advances to the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship, slated for Feb. 11-14 in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
ITA Kickoff Weekend
 
No. 4 California (3-0) defeated BYU (1-4), 4-0
Jan. 28, 2022, in Berkeley, Calif.
Hellman Tennis Complex
 
Doubles
1. Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov (Cal) def. Leah Heimuli/Helen Jiao (BYU), 6-2*
2. Jessica Alsola/Katja Wiersholm (Cal) vs. Anastasia Abramyan/Yujia Huang (BYU), 4-3 (Unfinished)
3. Erin Richardson/Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Emilee Astle/Kara Lin (BYU), 6-1
 
Order of Finish – 3, 1*
*Clinched the doubles point
 
Singles
1. Haley Giavara (Cal) def. Leah Heimuli (BYU), 6-4, 6-4^
2. Valentina Ivanov (Cal) vs. Jacque Dunyon (BYU), 6-2, 5-3 (Unfinished)
3. Jessica Alsola (Cal) def. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU), 6-0, 6-2
4. Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) vs. Yujia Huang (BYU), 6-4, 1-3 (Unfinished)
5. Katja Wiersholm (Cal) vs. Helen Jiao (BYU), 6-3, 4-3 (Unfinished)
6. Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Madison Smith (BYU), 6-0, 6-1
 
Order of Finish – 6, 3, 1^
^Clinched the overall match
 
 
Vanderbilt (3-0) defeated San Diego (1-1), 4-1
Jan. 28, 2022, in Berkeley, Calif.
Hellman Tennis Complex
 
Doubles
1. Solymar Colling/Elizabeth Goldsmith (USD) def. Anna Ross/Holly Staff (Vanderbilt), 6-3
2. Marcella Cruz/Yufei Long (Vanderbilt) def. Abigail Desiatnikov/Jordyn McBride (USD), 6-3*
3. Anessa Lee/Dasha Kourkina (Vanderbilt) def. Claudia De Las Heras/Victoria Kalaitzis (USD), 6-0
 
Order of Finish – 3, 1, 2*
*Clinched the doubles point
 
Singles
1. Anna Ross (Vanderbilt) def. No. 44 Solymar Colling (USD), 7-6(3), 6-4
2. No. 112 Anessa Lee (Vanderbilt) def. No. 62 Abigail Desiatnikov (USD), 6-3, 6-2
3. Jordyn McBride (USD) vs. Yufei Long (Vanderbilt), 4-6, 6-0, 4-3 (Unfinished)
4. Elizabeth Goldsmith (USD) def. No. 119 Holly Staff (Vanderbilt), 6-1, 6-2
5. No. 96 Marcella Cruz (Vanderbilt) def. Claudia De Las Heras (USD), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3^
6. Victoria Kalaitzis (USD) vs. Dasha Kourkina (Vanderbilt), 6-0, 6-7(4), 1-0 (Unfinished)
 
Order of Finish – 4, 2, 1, 5^
^Clinched the overall match