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No. 13 Cal Hosts No. 32 Utah, Colorado

Mar 16, 2022
Jessica Alsola leads the Bears in singles wins in her first year in Berkeley.

BERKELEY – The 13th-ranked Cal women's tennis team hosts a pair of Pac-12 Conference matches when the Golden Bears welcome No. 32 Utah and Colorado to the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Bears (7-5, 1-0 Pac-12) play Utah (13-3, 2-2 Pac-12) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and then host the Buffaloes (5-8, 0-4 Pac-12) on Sunday at 11 a.m.
 
Admission is free to regular-season matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Fans can also follow the action and scores at Hellman via the live stream by clicking here and can follow updates of Cal matches at @CalWomensTennis.
 
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Poll Position
In the national team rankings that came out on Wednesday, Cal is ranked 13th in the Tennis Channel/USTA Top 25 poll and 14th in the ITA poll. Utah is ranked 32nd by the ITA.
 
Last Time: No. 10 Cal Beats Ducks In Pac-12 Opener
Tenth-ranked Cal – the defending Pac-12 tournament champion – opened conference play with a 5-2 victory over No. 49 Oregon on March 6 at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Freshman Katja Wiersholm earned her third clinching win of the season when she defeated Ares Teixido Garcia in singles, 6-1, 6-4.
 
Scouting Cal

  • Freshman Jessica Alsola is ranked 53rd in singles and at 24-5 has the most singles wins for the Bears
  • 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
  • The pair of Alsola and Erin Richardson (10-4) is ranked 46th in doubles, while Alsola and freshman Katja Wiersholm (4-0) are ranked 47th
  • Junior Haley Giavara (8-9), a singles All-American and the ITA Northwest Regional Rookie of the Year as a freshman, is ranked 103rd in singles
  • Giavara and Valentina Ivanov (14-5) are ranked 37th in doubles
  • Wiersholm (14-0) is ranked 107th in singles
  • Wiersholm clinched Cal's first two wins of the season in the first two matches of her career against UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine
  • Cal has won the doubles point in seven of its 12 dual matches
  • 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 Utah

  • In Utah's last two matches, it lost to No. 17 Washington, 4-0, in Seattle on March 11 and edged Washington State, 4-3, in Pullman, Washington, on March 13
  • Utah began the dual-match season with a school-best 9-0 record
  • Linda Huang is ranked 97th in singles
  • Emily Dush and Anastasia Goncharova are ranked 54th in doubles
  • Ric Mortera is in his third season as Utah's head coach

Scouting Colorado

  • The Buffaloes have lost three straight – 4-2 at Washington State on March 11, 6-1 at No. 17 Washington on March 13, and 4-2 at home against Colorado State on March 15
  • Mila Stanojevic has an 11-5 singles record; the freshman won the singles B flight title in the ITA Mountain Regional Championships last fall
  • Anthony Pham is in his debut season as head coach of Colorado

Last Season vs. Utah & Colorado
In the 2020-21 season, Cal lost to Colorado, 4-3, in the Golden Bears' Pac-12 opener on March 5 in Boulder, Colorado, and then routed Utah, 7-0, on March 7 in Salt Lake City. Against Utah, Cal clinched the doubles point when Erin Richardson and Julia Rosenqvist defeated Anya Lamoreaux and Jasmine Rich, 6-2, on court three. Rosenqvist later clinched the overall match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Madeline Lamoreaux at court-two singles.
 
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. 53 singles ranking, Alsola is ranked seventh in the ITA Newcomer poll.
 
Stay Posted
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Next Time
Pac-12 play continues for the Bears when they host No. 13 UCLA on March 25 and No. 18 USC on March 26 at the Hellman Tennis Complex.