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No. 4 Cal Holds Off No. 8 Texas A&M To Reach Quarters

Feb 11, 2022
Hannah Viller Moller won a third-set tiebreak to send the Bears to Saturday's quarterfinals in Madison.

MADISON, Wis. – Fourth-ranked/fourth-seeded California women's tennis survived a 4-3 victory over eighth-ranked Texas A&M in the Golden Bears' opener of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, as Hannah Viller Moeller defeated Jeanette Mireles in three sets to lift Cal into the quarterfinals at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
 
The Golden Bears, who improved their record to 5-1, next play fifth-ranked/fifth-seeded Pepperdine on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CST. The Aggies – who suffered their first loss against Cal and are now 9-1 – play Old Dominion in Saturday's consolation bracket. Saturday's quarterfinal will mark the second match of the season between the Bears and Waves. On Jan. 22 in an outdoor match in Malibu, Cal beat then-No. 2 Pepperdine 4-3.
 
The quarterfinal will also be Cal's third indoor dual match of the season, including Cal's first setback of the season at No. 20 Michigan on Tuesday and the win over Texas A&M.
 
"We're really happy to be advancing to the next round of the tournament," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "To be in the quarterfinals is a big deal. We did a much better job today of competing indoors and being ready. It was a very tough match in a lot of areas. I'm glad the team was able to pull it through."
 
Cal trailed Texas A&M 1-0 after doubles. The Aggies clinched the point on court three, with Mireles and Gianna Pielet beating Cal's Erin Richardson and Julia Rosenqvist, 6-3.
 
The Bears won three of the first four singles matches in straight sets to take a 3-2 lead. Haley Giavara beat Carson Branstine, 6-4, 6-3, Rosenqvist won 6-2, 6-3 over Jayci Goldsmith, and Katja Wiersholm capped the run with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Pielet. Cal's Jessica Alsola fell to the Aggies' Marya Stoiana, 6-3, 6-3, to tie the round of 16 contest at 3-3 and set up court six to decide the winner.
 
At the end of an almost four-hour dual match, Viller Moeller ultimately prevailed over Mireles, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).
 
"Hannah did such a good job of sticking to her tactics and competing her very hardest on every point," Augustus said. "It's one of those special moments she'll have for a long time – pulling out a 4-3 victory for the team. I'm proud of the whole team and of the team effort. The team did a good job of supporting her, and that helped her pull through."
 
[4] No. 4 California (5-1) defeated No. 8 Texas A&M (9-1), 4-3
Feb. 11, 2022, in Madison, Wis.
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
 
Doubles
1. No. 23 Tatiana Makarova/Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU) def. Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov (Cal), 6-1
2. Carson Branstine/Mary Stoiana (TAMU) vs. Jessica Alsola/Katja Wiersholm (Cal), 5-2 (Unfinished)
3. Gianna Pielet/Jeanette Mireles (TAMU) def. Erin Richardson/Julia Rosenqvist (Cal), 6-3*
 
Order of Finish – 1, 3*
*Clinched the doubles point
 
Singles
1. Haley Giavara (Cal) def. No. 111 Carson Branstine (TAMU), 6-4, 6-3
2. No. 105 Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. No. 110 Valentina Ivanov (Cal), 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 122 Mary Stoiana (TAMU) def. No. 51 Jessica Alsola (Cal), 6-3, 6-3
4. Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU, 6-2, 6-3
5. No. 120 Katja Wiersholm (Cal) def Gianna Pielet (TAMU), 6-2, 6-2
6.No. 99 Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Jeanette Mireles (TAMU), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)^
 
Order of Finish – 4, 2, 1, 5, 3, 6^
^Clinched the overall match