No. 13 Cal Routs Colorado 7-0
BERKELEY – Haley Giavara won in straight sets to clinch the latest 7-0 victory for 13th-ranked California women's tennis, as the Golden Bears routed Colorado on a sunny Sunday at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
With its second consecutive 7-0, Pac-12 win – including Friday's blanking of Utah – Cal improved to 9-5 (3-0 Pac-12). The Buffaloes fell to 5-10 (0-6 Pac-12).
Cal – which has won three straight dual matches – had a dominant performance in doubles. In just their second match together, the pair of Giavara and Hannah Viller Moeller beat Antonia Balzert and Ky Ecton, 6-0, on court two. The Bears clinched the point when Erin Richardson and Julia Rosenqvist defeated Megan Forster and Mila Stanojevic on court three. The 47th-ranked Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm looked commanding on court one. They led the Buffs' Caroline Pozo and Maria Campos 5-2 when their teammates clinched on court three, and court one was abandoned.
Rosenqvist quickly doubled Cal's lead over Colorado to 2-0 when she beat Forster at court-four singles, 6-0, 6-1. Wiersholm improved to 16-0 when she followed with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Campos on court three, and then Giavara defeated Balzert, 6-1, 6-3, on court one to clinch the win.
The Bears also got wins from Richardson on court six, Viller Moeller on court five and the 53rd-ranked Alsola on court two to wrap up the day.
"I thought we did a good job today, considering we didn't get to hit yesterday because of the weather," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "I was glad to see that we came out still focused and sharp in the doubles and carried it over into the singles. It was the second day of a little bit different doubles lineup, and I thought we did a good job of that. Haley and Hannah looked a little more comfortable today than last match. I was pleased with today's match."
Richardson, a strong doubles player, played for just the second time in singles in a dual match this season and – including a win against Utah – is 2-0 in those matches. She's 12-2 overall in singles this season.
"I just want to go out and do everything I can for this team," Richardson said. "It's so much fun for me to be able to do that, put a point on the board and just go for it."
Cal continues its current homestand and conference play when the Bears host UCLA on Friday and USC on Saturday at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
No. 13 California (9-5, 3-0 Pac-12) defeated Colorado (5-10, 0-6 Pac-12), 7-0
March 20, 2022, in Berkeley, Calif.
Hellman Tennis Complex
1. No. 47 Jessica Alsola/Katja Wiersholm (Cal) vs. Caroline Pozo/Maria Campos (Colorado), 5-2 (Unfinished)
2. Haley Giavara/Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Antonia Balzert/Ky Ecton (Colorado), 6-0
3. Erin Richardson/Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Megan Forster/Mila Stanojevic (Colorado), 6-2*
Order of Finish – 2, 3*
*Clinched the doubles point
1. No. 103 Haley Giavara (Cal) def. Antonia Balzert (Colorado), 6-1, 6-3^
2. No. 53 Jessica Alsola (Cal) def. Caroline Pozo (Colorado), 6-4, 6-3
3. No. 107 Katja Wiersholm (Cal) def. Maria Campos (Colorado), 6-1, 6-2
4. Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Megan Forster (Colorado), 6-0, 6-1
5. Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Mila Stanojevic (Colorado), 6-2, 6-1
6. Erin Richardson (Cal) def. Betina Tokac (Colorado), 2-6, 6-2, 1-0(8)
Order of Finish – 4, 3, 1^, 6, 5, 2
^Clinched the overall match