No. 9 Cal Defeats No. 28 UW 4-3
SEATTLE – The No. 9 Cal women's tennis team came away with another 4-3 indoor win in the state of Washington on Saturday, as the Golden Bears edged No. 28 Washington in the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Cal junior Haley Giavara won a close three-setter over UW's Vanessa Wong to clinch the victory.
"It meant a lot just having everyone cheering for me on the sideline," Giavara said. "I really wanted to win it for the team, and getting a sweep in Washington was great."
Including the Bears' 4-3 win at Washington State on Friday, Cal's record improved to 14-6 (7-1 in the Pac-12). UW has a record of 13-9 (4-5 Pac-12).
Washington claimed the doubles point. After the Huskies won on court three on Saturday, they clinched the point when Wong and Hikaru Sato upset Cal's 33rd-ranked Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm, 6-4, on court one.
Cal won two of the first three singles matches. Julia Rosenqvist started off with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over the Huskies' Kelly Leung on court four to tie the overall match at 1-1. Wiersholm, ranked 103rd, then suffered only her second loss of the season, 6-2, 6-3, against UW's Yolanda Lin on court three. The 50th-ranked Alsola beat Sato, 6-2, 6-4, on court two to tie the match again, at 2-2.
After the teams split the next two matches – including Cal junior Erin Richardson beating Ashley Chung, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 on court six – Saturday's contest was again tied, at 3-3. The 92nd-ranked Giavara prevailed over Wong, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, to pull out the victory for the Bears.
"The team really stepped up this weekend and was resilient," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "That was a great victory today. After doubles, we just got back to work and did what we needed to do. I'm really proud of this group and how it competed this weekend. We're still building towards the postseason, and I'm excited for what the rest of the season has in store for the Bears."
Cal next closes the regular season at home against No. 17 Stanford on April 16 in a doubleheader with the Cal-Stanford men's teams. The women's match starts at 12 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex, while the men's match starts not before 3:30 p.m.
No. 9 California (14-6, 7-1 Pac-12) defeated No. 28 Washington (13-9, 4-5 Pac-12), 4-3
April 9, 2022, in Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center
1. Vanessa Wong/Hikaru Sato (UW) def. No. 33 Jessica Alsola/Katja Wiersholm (Cal) 6-4*
2. Haley Giavara/Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal) vs. Kelley Leung/Zoey Weil (UW), 6-5 (Unfinished)
3. Tara Chilton/Yolanda Lin (UW) def. Julia Rosenqvist/Erin Richardson (Cal), 6-3
Order of Finish – 3, 1*
*Clinched the doubles point
1. No. 92 Haley Giavara (Cal) def. Vanessa Wong (UW), 2-6, 6-3, 7-5^
2. No. 50 Jessica Alsola (Cal) def. Hikaru Sato (UW), 6-2, 6-4
3. Yolanda Lin (UW) def. No. 103 Katja Wiersholm (Cal), 6-2, 6-3
4. Julia Rosenqvist (Cal) def. Kelly Leung (UW), 6-4, 6-1
5. Zoey Weil (UW) def. Hannah Viller Moeller (Cal), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Erin Richardson (Cal) def. Ashley Chang (UW), 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish – 4, 3, 2, 6, 5, 1^
^Clinched the overall match