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No. 9 Cal Rallies For Win In Pullman

Apr 8, 2022
Hannah Viller Moeller completed Cal's comeback win over the Cougars.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Ninth-ranked California women's tennis overcame a windy afternoon in the Palouse, a change of venue and a feisty Washington State team to prevail 4-3 over the Cougars on Friday at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse, with Hannah Viller Moeller clinching the win.
 
Cal's record improved to 13-6 (6-1 in the Pac-12), while WSU fell to 6-13 (1-7 Pac-12).
 
The wind forced the match – originally slated for the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts – indoors to Hollingbery. After a delayed start, WSU captured the doubles point with wins on courts two and one. The Cougars clinched on court one when Michaela Bayerlova and Maxine Murphy upset Cal's 33rd-ranked Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm, 6-4.
 
Down 2-0 after an opening loss in singles, Cal got a win from Julia Rosenqvist, who beat Hania Abouelsaad, 6-3, 6-2, and then Cal's 103rd-ranked Katja Wiersholm won, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, over Murphy to tie the match, 2-2.
 
A rare loss for Cal's 50th-ranked Alsola – who fell to Savanna Ly-Nguyen 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 – left the Bears trailing, 3-2.
 
The configuration of the fieldhouse – which only has four courts – meant that the matches on courts five and six couldn't start at the same time as the other four, and those last two matches proved crucial for the Bears. Cal's Erin Richardson bested Stefaniia Mikhailova, 6-3, 6-1, on court six to tie the overall match 3-3, and then Viller Moeller completed the victory with a 7-6(1), 6-1 win over Elyse Tse on court five.
 
"We thought the match was going to be outside, and it was warm enough, but it was too windy," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "They only have four courts inside, and it's a different flow to the match. We got off to a little bit of a slow start with the doubles; we were just adjusting to the conditions. But once we got on court for singles, we lifted our level and did what we needed to do to get the victory."
 
Cal next plays No. 28 Washington on Saturday at 12 p.m. in Seattle before closing the regular season at home against No. 17 Stanford on April 16 at 12 p.m.
 
No. 9 California (13-6, 6-1 Pac-12) defeated Washington State (6-13, 1-7 Pac-12), 4-3
April 8, 2022, in Pullman, Wash.
Hollingbery Fieldhouse
 
Doubles
1. Michaela Bayerlova/Maxine Murphy (WSU) def. #33 Jessica Alsola/Katja Wiersholm (Cal) 6-4*
2. Savanna Ly-Nguyen/Yang Lee (WSU) def. Haley Giavara/Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) 6-4
3. Hania Abouelsaad/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) vs. Julia Rosenqvist/Erin Richardson (Cal) 5-5, unfinished
 
Order of Finish – 2, 1*
*Clinched the doubles point
 
Singles
1. #71 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) def. #92 Haley Giavara (Cal) 6-2, 6-3
2. Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. #50 Jessica Alsola (Cal) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. #103 Katja Wiersholm (Cal) def. Maxine Murphy (WSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
4. Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Hania Abouelsaad (WSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) def. Elyse Tse (WSU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-2^
6. Erin Richardson (Cal) def. Stefaniia Mikhailova (WSU) 6-3, 6-1
 
Order of Finish – 1, 4, 3, 2, 6, 5^
^Clinched the overall match