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No. 4 Cal Loses To No. 5 Pepperdine At ITA Indoors

Feb 12, 2022
Jessica Asola was tied in the third set of her match when the quarterfinal ended.

MADISON, Wis. – California women's tennis played another hard-fought match with Pepperdine on Saturday, but this time the fourth-ranked/fourth-seeded Golden Bears lost to the fifth-ranked/fifth-seeded Waves, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
 
The Bears play a consolation match on Sunday to close out their run at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, while Pepperdine advances to Sunday's semifinals.
 
Cal's record now stands at 5-2. Pepperdine improved to 5-1, with the Waves' lone loss – a 4-3 thriller – coming at the hands of the Bears on Jan. 22 in Malibu.
 
Doubles and singles featured plenty of close matches.
 
In doubles, the Bears' Erin Richardson and Julia Rosenqvist defeated Shiori Fukuda and Anastasia Iamachkine, 7-5, on court three, and then Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov defeated a quality Pepperdine pair in the 11th-ranked Victoria Flores and Lisa Zaar, 6-4, on court one to clinch the doubles point.
 
Five of the six singles matches went to three sets apiece. The Waves' 93rd-ranked Janice Tjen won the lone match that ended in straight sets, beating Rosenqvist, 7-5, 6-3, on court four. On court one, Giavara bolted out to a 6-2 first-set win but ultimately fell to the 31st-ranked Fukuda, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. The Waves led 2-1. Over on court six, Cal's 99th-ranked Hannah Viller Moeller fell to Nikki Redelijk, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0, and Pepperdine led Cal 3-1.
 
Talented Cal freshman Jessica Alsola – ranked 51st – and Katja Wiersholm – ranked 120th – were tied in the third sets of their respective courts. But before they could complete their matches, Cal's 110th-ranked junior Valentina Ivanov lost to the 10th-ranked Zaar, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0, on court two to end the quarterfinal.
 
"I was really, really pleased with our doubles today," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "After yesterday, we played much, much better in doubles, especially since the last time we played Pepperdine. I was really proud of the Bears on all three courts. After a really close match last time vs. that team on court one, it was good to see Haley and Val get a good ranked win. They've got a good record (12-1) to start the spring season.
 
"In the singles, we put ourselves in a good position on a lot of courts. But Pepperdine battled hard as did we; we just didn't convert a couple of opportunities that we had. With five of the six matches going to three sets, it shows you how competitive the matches were, which was similar to when we played them before.
 
"We competed hard. We have a few adjustments to make. But we're really excited with another opportunity tomorrow against another top-10 opponent. Hopefully we can come away with one more win before we come back home."
 
On Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CST, Cal plays its consolation match against No. 1 Texas in its final contest in Madison.
 
ITA National Team Indoor Championship – Quarterfinal Round
 
[5] No. 5 Pepperdine (5-1) defeated [4] No. 4 California (5-2), 4-1
Feb. 12, 2022, in Madison, Wis.
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
 
Doubles
1. Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov (Cal) def. No. 11 Victoria Flores/Lisa Zaar (Pepperdine), 6-4
2. Jessica Alsola/Katja Wiersholm (Cal) vs. Savannah Broadus/Janice Tjen (Pepperdine), 5-5 (Unfinished)
3. Erin Richardson/Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Shiori Fukuda/Anastasia Iamachkine (Pepperdine), 7-5*
 
Order of Finish – 3, 1*
*Clinched the doubles point
 
Singles
1. No. 31 Shiori Fukuda (Pepperdine) def. Haley Giavara (Cal), 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
2. No. 10 Lisa Zaar (Pepperdine) def. No. 110 Valentina Ivanov (Cal), 3-6, 7-5, 6-0^
3. No. 51 Jessica Alsola (Cal) vs. No. 30 Victoria Flores (Pepperdine) 6-7(14), 6-1, 2-2 (Unfinished)
4. No. 93 Janice Tjen (Pepperdine) def. Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) 7-5, 6-3
5. No. 120 Katja Wiersholm (Cal) vs. No. 36 Savannah Broadus (Pepperdine) 6-2, 5-7, 4-4 (Unfinished)
6. Nikki Redelijk (Pepperdine) def. No. 99 Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) 6-3, 2-6, 6-0
 
Order of Finish – 4, 1, 6, 2^
^Clinched the Overall Match