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No. 6 Cal Hosts No. 5 Texas In February Rematch

Feb 22, 2022
Julia Rosenqvist and Cal play Texas for the second time this month when they host the Longhorns at Hellman.

BERKELEY – Sixth-ranked California women's tennis, the defending Pac-12 champion, hosts fifth-ranked Texas – the defending NCAA champ – on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Hellman Tennis Complex, two weeks after the teams met in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
After that back and forth match in Madison, the Golden Bears fell to the Longhorns, 4-2 (see below).
 
Cal has a 6-4 record. Texas is 7-2 ahead of a Friday match at No. 15 Stanford.
 
Admission is free to regular-season matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
 
Cal Athletics follows all state and local public health guidelines to mitigate risk and support the health and well-being of those who attend Cal athletic events. Under these policies, fans attending outdoor events on campus are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in outdoor areas. Facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces (i.e., restrooms) for guests ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at entrances for fans upon request.
  
Individuals who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are under a quarantine or isolation order should not attend.
 
These protocols are subject to change based on local, state and national guidelines.
 
Fans can follow the action and scores at Hellman via the live stream by clicking here and can follow updates of Cal matches at @CalWomensTennis.
 
Poll Position
Cal is ranked sixth in Wednesday's ITA poll and 13th in the Tennis Channel/USTA Top 25 poll. Texas, which was ranked No. 1 in the ITA preseason poll, is fifth in the current ITA rankings, fourth in the Tennis Channel/USTA poll and tied for fourth in the Cracked Racquets poll.
 
Last Time: Cal Splits In SoCal
After competing at ITA indoors, Cal returned to outdoor tennis and defeated San Diego State, 5-2, but then lost to No. 22 UCLA, 6-1.
 
At San Diego on Sunday, Valentina Ivanov clinched the when she beat SDSU's Nnena Nadozie, 6-2, 6-2, at court-three singles. Earlier, Erin Richardson and Julia Rosenqvist clinched the doubles point when they beat Nadozie and Alicia Melosch, 7-6(7), on court two.
 
On Monday in Los Angeles, Cal picked up two good wins to capture the doubles point against UCLA. The Bears won on court two, with Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm besting 33rd-ranked Ava Catanzarite and Abbey Forbes, 6-2. After a loss on court three, Cal clinched the point on court one, with the pair of Valentina Ivanov and Haley Giavara defeating the Bruins' 16th-ranked Elysia Bolton and Elise Wagle, 6-4.
 
But UCLA turned up the pressure in singles. The Bruins eventually clinched the match on court four, with Kimmie Hance beating Cal senior Julia Rosenqvist, 6-4, 6-4, to give UCLA a 4-1 lead. The teams played out the remaining matches to make the final score 6-1.
 
Scouting the Bears

  • Cal has won the doubles point in seven of its 10 dual matches
  • Jessica Alsola, who reached the singles semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in the fall, earned her first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor (see below) on Jan. 25
  • Alsola is ranked 51st in singles and at 22-5 has the most singles wins for the Bears
  • The pair of Alsola and Erin Richardson (10-4) is ranked 54th in doubles
  • The duo of Alsola and Katja Wiersholm has a 4-0 record
  • Valentina Ivanov (11-9) is ranked 110th in the most recent ITA singles poll
  • Ivanov and Haley Giavara have a 13-4 doubles record
  • Hannah Viller Moeller, a sophomore, is ranked 99th in singles and has a 19-8 record
  • Wiersholm (12-0 in singles) is ranked 120th in singles
  • Wiersholm, a freshman, clinched Cal's first two wins of the season in the first two matches of her career against UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine
  • 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.

Scouting the Longhorns

  • In its last match, Texas lost to N.C. State, 4-3, on Feb. 20 in Austin, Texas
  • In the recent ITA National Team Indoor Championship, then-No. 1 Texas beat No. 10 USC, 4-1, in the first round before losing to No. 8 Oklahoma, 4-1 in the quarterfinals and playing Cal in the consolation round
  • Kylie Collins is ranked 26th and Peyton Stearns is ranked 42nd in singles
  • Collins won the singles title at ITA Texas Regionals
  • In doubles, the duo of Collins and Charlotte Chavatipon is ranked 13th
  • Howard Joffe is in his sixth season as head coach of Texas

Last Time vs. Texas: Cal Wins Doubles But Falls 4-2
Fourth-ranked/fourth-seeded Cal won the doubles point for the second-straight match, but the Bears fell to top-ranked/top-seeded Texas, 4-2, in a Feb. 13 consolation match at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
 
After a doubles loss on court one, the Bears' Erin Richardson and Julia Rosenqvist defeated Vivian Ovrootsky and Bella Zamarippa, 6-4 on court three. The Cal freshman duo of Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm clinched the point with a 6-4 win over Charlotte Chavatipon and Peyton Stearns on court two.
 
Wiersholm continued her strong run at ITA indoors, beating Vivian Ovrootsky, 6-1, 6-2, at court-five singles. The freshman Bear finished 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles in Madison.
 
But Texas – which captured five of six first sets in singles – won on courts six, two and one to take a 3-2 lead. The Longhorns' clinched their win when Chavatipon beat Rosenqvist, 6-3, 7-5, on court four.
 
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.
 
Stay Posted
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Next Time
Cal starts Pac-12 Conference action when the Bears host Oregon on March 6 at Hellman.