No. 4 Cal Plays At SDSU, No. 19 UCLA
BERKELEY – The No. 4 California women's tennis team returns to the West Coast for outdoor competition when the Golden Bears play at San Diego State on Sunday and at No. 19 UCLA next Monday, with both dual matches starting at 12 p.m.
Fresh off a run to the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, Cal brings a 5-3 record into the match in San Diego. SDSU is 5-1 ahead of a home match vs. Hawaii on Friday, and the Bruins are 2-3.
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Cal is ranked fourth in the latest ITA and Tennis Channel/USTA Top 25 polls, with new polls coming out on Wednesday. Additionally, Cal is ranked third in the Cracked Racquets poll. UCLA is ranked 19th by the ITA and 21st in the Tennis Channel/USTA poll.
Last Time: Cal Reaches Quarters At ITA Indoors
Fourth-ranked and fourth-seeded Cal defeated eighth-ranked Texas A&M in the Feb. 11 first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship to reach the quarterfinals in Madison. But the Bears lost to fifth-ranked/fifth-seeded Pepperdine, 4-1, in the Feb. 12 quarters and then fell in the Feb. 13 consolation draw to No. 1 Texas, 4-2.
Against the Aggies, the Bears dropped the doubles point. But they got singles wins from Haley Giavara, Julia Rosenqvist and Katja Wiersholm to tie the match at 3-3. Hannah Viller Moeller clinched the victory with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) win over Jeanette Mireles.
In the rematch with the Waves – Cal won 4-3 over then-No. 2 Pepperdine in Malibu on Jan. 22 – the Bears took a 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point. Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov clinched the point with a 6-4 win over the 11th-ranked Victoria Flores and Lisa Zaar. Cal won three first sets in singles, but in the end Pepperdine clinched when the10th-ranked Zaar beat the 110th-ranked Ivanov, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0, on court two.
On Sunday against the Longhorns, the Bears won the doubles point again, with the pair of Wiersholm and Jessica Alsola beating Charlotte Chavatipon and Peyton Stearns, 6-4, to clinch. Wiersholm added a 6-1, 6-2 win over Vivian Ovroostky in singles. But the Longhorns secured the win when Chavatipon beat Rosenqvist, 6-3, 7-5.
Scouting the Bears
- Jessica Alsola earned her first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor (see below) on Jan. 25
- Alsola is ranked 51st in singles and at 21-4 has the most singles wins for the Bears
- The pair of Alsola and Erin Richardson (10-4) is ranked 54th
- Haley Giavara, who competed in both the 2021 NCAA singles and (with Valentina Ivanov) NCAA doubles tournaments, has a 7-6 singles record
- Ivanov (10-8) is ranked 110th in the most recent ITA singles poll
- Giavara and Ivanov have an 12-3 doubles record
- Hannah Viller Moeller, a sophomore, is ranked 99th in singles and has an 18-7 record
- Freshman Katja Wiersholm (12-0 in singles) is ranked 120th in singles
- Wiersholm clinched Cal's first two wins of the season against the Gauchos and Waves
- Former two-time NCAA doubles champion Amanda Augustus – the 2021 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and ITA Northwest Region Coach of the Year – is in her 15th year as head coach at her alma mater
- Associate head coach Zack Warren – the 2021 ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year – is in his eighth year on the staff.
- Here are SDSU's results this season: 6-1 win over Sacramento State on Jan. 21, 4-0 win over UC Riverside on Jan. 22, 4-0 win over UC San Diego on Jan. 29, 4-2 loss at Arizona on Feb. 5, 4-0 win over Long Beach State on Feb. 11 and a 7-0 rout of Cal Poly on Feb. 12
- Bunyawi Thamchaiwat is ranked 80th in singles
- Tamara Arnold was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 26 for her part in helping SDSU beat Sac State and Riverside
- Peter Mattera is in his 27th season as head coach of SDSU
- The Bruins lost at No. 5 Pepperdine, 5-2, on Feb. 5 in its last match
- UCLA's other results: 4-3 loss to LMU on Jan. 26, 4-0 win over Cal Poly on Jan. 28, 4-3 loss to Washington on Jan. 29 in an ITA Kickoff Weekend final, and a 4-0 win over UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 4
- Four Bruins are ranked in singles in No. 76 Abbey Forbes, No. 100 Elysia Bolton, No. 112 Kimmi Hance and No. 115 Alexandra Vagramov
- In doubles, Bolton and Elise Wagle are ranked 16th, and Forbes and Ava Catanzarite are ranked 33rd
- Stephanie Sampras Webster is in her 26th year as UCLA's head coach
Jessica Alsola Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
Cal freshman Jessica Alsola earned the Pac-12 Player of the Week honor on Jan. 25 after she helped the Golden Bears open the dual-match season 2-0 on the road. This is the first Pac-12 honor for Alsola and the first of the season for Cal.
Alsola picked up a big win in ninth-ranked Cal's 4-3 win over No. 2 Pepperdine on Jan. 22, defeating the 30th-ranked Victoria Flores at court-three singles, 6-3, 7-6(5), in Malibu. One day earlier, Alsola beat Camille Kiss, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, in Cal's 6-1 rout of UC Santa Barbara.
Along with her No. 51 singles ranking, Alsola is ranked seventh in the ITA Newcomer poll.
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Cal plays Texas for the second time this month when the Bears host the Longhorns on Feb. 27 at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley.