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No. 9 Cal Heads To The Evergreen State

Apr 5, 2022
Hannah Viller Moeller and the Bears play twice more on the road before returning to Berkeley for the regular-season finale.

BERKELEY – The No. 9 California women's tennis team continues its Pac-12 road trip when the Golden Bears face Washington State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 28 Washington on Saturday at 12 p.m.
 
The defending Pac-12 tournament champion, Cal brings a 12-6 overall record and a 5-1 Pac-12 mark into Friday's match with the Cougars, who are 6-12 and 1-6 in the Pac-12. Washington has records of 13-7 and 4-3 (Pac-12) prior to its match against Stanford on Friday.
 
Fans can follow the Washington State live scores by clicking here. The link for the Washington live streams/scores page is here. Fans can also follow updates of Cal matches at @CalWomensTennis.
 
Last Time: Cal Splits In Arizona
In its recent trip to the Grand Canyon state, 12th-ranked Cal routed No. 44 Arizona 7-0 on Saturday in Tucson, one day after falling at No. 30 Arizona State, 4-3, in Tempe.
 
Cal junior Valentina Ivanov clinched the win over the Wildcats with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Midori Castillo-Meza to lead a four-match sweep in singles. At court-three doubles, Cal's Erin Richardson and Julia Rosenqvist edged Kayla Meraz and Baylen Nevenhoven, 7-6(6), to clinch the point.
 
At ASU, Cal started off well, clinching the doubles point when the 29th-ranked Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm beat the Sun Devils' Sedona Gallagher and Giulia Morlet, 6-4, on court two. Alsola and Wiersholm also won in singles. But Arizona State secured its victory when Cali Jankowski defeated Ivanov, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
 
Poll Position
Cal improved to No. 9 in the ITA poll and to No. 13 in the Tennis Channel/USTA Top 25 this week. In singles, Jessica Alsola (29-6 record) is ranked 50th, Haley Giavara (11-12) is 92nd and Katja Wiersholm (19-1) is 103rd. In doubles, Giavara and Valentina Ivanov (15-6) are ranked 31st, Wiersholm and Alsola (8-0) are 33rd, and Alsola and Erin Richardson (10-4) are 49th.
 
Scouting the Bears

  • Cal freshman Katja Wiersholm and Jessica Alsola earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season (see below)
  • Wiersholm has clinched four of Cal's wins, including March 18 against Utah and March 6 against Oregon
  • Wiersholm clinched Cal's first two wins of the season in the first two matches of her career against UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine
  • Jessica Alsola reached the singles semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in the fall
  • Junior Haley Giavara was a singles All-American and the ITA Northwest Regional Rookie of the Year as a freshman
  • Cal has won the doubles point in 13 of its 18 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
  • Augustus was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011 and was named the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 season
  • As a player at Cal, Augustus was a five-time All-American and teamed with Amy Jensen to capture the 1998 and 1999 NCAA doubles championships
  • Augustus and Jensen were named the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Century by the Conference in 2016
  • Associate head coach Zack Warren is in his eighth year on the staff
  • Warren was named the ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2021

Scouting the Cougars

  • WSU has lost four of its last five matches including three straight
  • In its last two matches, the Cougars lost at No. 21 USC, 4-3, on April 1 and at No. 15 UCLA, 6-1, on April 2
  • Michaela Bayerlova is ranked 71st in singles
  • Former Cal star Raquel Atawo is in her first season as Washington State's head coach
  • A Cal Athletics Half of Famer, Atawo partnered with Christina Fusano at Cal to win the 2003 NCAA doubles championship

Scouting the Huskies

  • UW has also lost its last three matches
  • The Huskies fell at No. 15 UCLA, 4-1, on April 1 and also lost 4-1 at No. 21 USC on April 2
  • Sarah-Maude Fortin – ranked 116th in singles – was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after her play in UW's 4-3 wins at No. 17 Arizona State on March 4 and at No. 44 Arizona on March 5
  • Robin Stephenson is in her eighth season as Washington's head coach

Katja Wiersholm Named Pac-12 Player of the Week In March
Katja Wiersholm earned her first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor for her play in Cal's win over USC, 4-3, on March 26 in Berkeley.
 
In doubles vs. USC, the 29th-ranked Wiersholm and Jessica Alsola defeated the 64th-ranked Eryn Cayetano and Grace Piper, 6-3, on court one to clinch the doubles point for the Bears. In singles, the 122nd-ranked Wiersholm beat USC's 77th-ranked Snow Han, 6-4, 6-3, on court three, to clinch the victory.
 
A product of Kirkland, Washington, Wiersholm has records of 19-1 in singles and 14-2 in doubles in her first semester of collegiate tennis.
 
Jessica Alsola Named Pac-12 Player of the Week In January
Jessica Alsola earned her first 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.
 
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. 62 singles ranking, Alsola is ranked seventh in the ITA Newcomer poll.
 
Stay Posted
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Next Time
Cal returns to the Hellman Tennis Complex to host No. 17 Stanford on April 16 in the Bears' regular-season finale in a doubleheader with the Cal and Stanford men's teams. The women's match starts at 12 p.m., with the men's match to start not before 3:30 p.m.