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2022 Pac-12 Tennis Championships

April 20-23 | Ojai Valley Athletic Club & Libbey Park
Ojai, CA

Pac-12 Women's Tennis Championships semis the same for second consecutive year

Apr 21, 2022


OJAI, Calif. - For the second consecutive year, the semifinals at the Pac-12 Women's Tennis Championships will feature Arizona State, California, Stanford and UCLA. The No. 5 seed Sun Devils, top-seeded Golden Bears, No. 3 seed Cardinal and second-seeded Bruins advanced through the quarterfinals at Ojai Valley Athletic Club on Thursday.

California will face Arizona State in Friday's first semifinal at noon PT, followed by the Bruins and Cardinal at approximately 3 p.m. PT. 

ASU started the day's quarterfinals by erasing a 3-0 deficit to beat USC and advance to the semifinals for the second time in program history. It was Giulia Morlet who delivered the knockout blow on court No. 1, with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) win over Salma Ewing to send the Sun Devils to Friday.

ASU took the difficult path in toppling USC after it lost the doubles point. After dropping the first two singles matches to fall into a 3-0 hole, the Sun Devils needed to take the final four and did just that. The heroics went like this: wins by Marianna Argyrokastriti (6-3, 6-3), Cali Jankowski (6-2, 6-4) and Domenika Turkovic (6-4, 0-6, 6-4) paved the way for Morlet. The win marked ASU's third-straight postseason win over the Trojans and the second consecutive year it has knocked off USC in the quarterfinals.

Following that suspenseful quarterfinal opener, the day's final three matches would not go down to the wire. California swept No. 9 seed Utah, Stanford did the same against No. 6 seed Oregon and UCLA cruised past 10th-seeded Washington State. 

Golden Bear Jessica Alsola earned the first clinching win of her young career when she beat Utah's Emily Dush, 6-4, 6-2, to end Cal's quarterfinal. The Bears won two of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. The Cal pair of Julia Rosenqvist and Erin Richardson beat Madeline Lamoreaux and Lindsay Hung, 6-3, and then the duo of Alsola and Katja Wiersholm edged Dush and Anastasia Goncharova, 7-6 (5), to give Cal a 1-0 lead. The Bears were dominant in singles, winning all six first sets. Haley Giavara finished her match first, beating Utah's Linda Huang, 6-3, 6-3, on court one. Valentina Ivanov – back from her stint with New Zealand in Billie Jean King Cup qualifying – next beat Lindsay Hung, 6-4, 6-2, to give the Bears a 3-0 lead, and then Alsola prevailed on court two to end the match.

Stanford prevailed despite facing early deficits in doubles play before quickly flipping the script to take the first point of the evening. Playing together for the first time since November, India Houghton and Valencia Xu earned a 6-2 win on court three, while Sara Choy and Alexandra Yepifanova rattled of five straight games for a 6-4 victory on court two.

Five of the six first sets in singles went Stanford's way, and it was only a matter of who would finish first for the Cardinal. Angelica Blake tallied her 16th victory of the spring, followed right behind by Sara Choy on court six, 6-2, 6-2. Alexandra Yepifanova pushed her win streak to seven matches with a 6-2, 6-2 win on court two, and that was enough to send the Cardinal into the semifinals. Stanford is now 11-1 all-time at the Pac-12 Tournament and is seeking its first championship since 2019.

UCLA surrendered just one game across its two completed doubles matches and saw Kimmi HanceVanessa Ong and Sasha Vagramov post straight-set singles victories. Vagramov provided the clincher. Elyse Tse notched the only win of the day for the Cougars.

The third-court doubles combination of Hance and Vagramov dropped its first game with Hania Abouelsaad and Fifa Kumhom before taking the rest to improve its record to 11-0 in dual-match play. Shortly after, the team of Elysia Bolton and Elise Wagle secured the doubles point without dropping a single game against the pair of Michaela Bayerlova and Maxine Murphy.

Hance continued her nearly-spotless day on the fourth singles court, where she bested Abouelsaad by a 6-0, 6-1 margin. Hance has now won 10 singles matches in a row.

Ong earned her first victory of the year on court 5, increasing the Bruins' lead to 3-0 with her 6-4, 6-2 performance versus Kumhom.

Tse would put a stop to UCLA's run, edging past Ava Catanzarite in a second-set tiebreaker to complete her 6-3, 7-6 (2) win to put WSU on the board.

With Bolton and Abbey Forbes nearing victories of their own, Vagramov held off Murphy for a 6-1, 6-4 showing that sealed a spot for the Bruins among the tournament's final four teams.


Quarterfinals // Thurs., April 21 // Ojai Valley Athletic Club

No. 3 Stanford 4, No. 6 Oregon 0
1. Connie Ma/Angelica Blake, STAN v. Sophie Luescher/Uxia Martinez Moral, ORE - 5-5 unf.
2. Sara Choy/Alexandra Yepifanova, STAN def. Lillian Mould/Ares Teixido, ORE - 6-4
3. India Houghton/Valencia Xu, STAN def. Allison Mulville/Myah Petchey, ORE - 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 2

1. Connie Ma, STAN v. Sophie Luescher, ORE - 6-2, 4-1 unf.
2. Alexandra Yepifanova, STAN def. Myah Petchey, ORE - 6-2, 6-2
3. Angelica Blake, STAN def. Ares Teixido, ORE - 6-3, 6-2
4. India Houghton, STAN v. Karin Young, ORE - 6-3, 3-4 unf.
5. Valencia Xu, STAN v. Uxia Martinez Moral, ORE - 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 unf.
6. Sara Choy, STAN def. Misaki Kobayashi, ORE - 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 6, 2

No. 2 UCLA 4, No. 10 Washington State 1
1. Elysia Bolton/Elise Wagle, UCLA def. Michaela Bayerlova/Maxine Murphy, WSU - 6-0
2. Ava Catanzarite/Abbey Forbes, UCLA v. Yang Lee/Savanna Ly-Nguyen, WSU - 4-2 unf.
3. Kimmi Hance/Sasha Vagramov, UCLA def. Hania Abouelsaad/Fifa Kumhom, WSU - 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 1

1. Abbey Forbes, UCLA v. Michaela Bayerlova, WSU - 6-2, 5-4 unf.
2. Elysia Bolton, UCLA v. Savanna Ly-Nguyen, WSU - 6-4, 5-4 unf.
3. Sasha Vagramov, UCLA def. Maxine Murphy, WSU - 6-1, 6-4
4. Kimmi Hance, UCLA def. Hania Abouelsaad, WSU - 6-0, 6-1
5. Vanessa Ong, UCLA def. Fifa Kumhom, WSU - 6-4, 6-2
6. Elyse Tse, WSU def. Ava Catanzarite, UCLA - 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Order of finish:

No. 1 California 4, No. 9 Utah 0
1. Linda Huang/Madison Tattini, UTAH def. Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov, CAL - 6-4
2. Jessica Alsola/Katja Wiersholm, CAL def. Anastasia Goncharova/Emily Dush, 7-6 (5)
3. Erin Richardson/Julia Rosenqvist CAL def. Madeline Lamoreaux/Lindsay Hung - 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Haley Giavara, CAL def. Linda Huang, UTAH - 6-3, 6-3
2. Jessica Alsola, CAL def. Emily Dush, UTAH - 6-4, 6-2
3. Katja Wiersholm, CAL v. Anastasia Goncharova, UTAH - 7-5, 1-2 unf.
4. Valentina Ivanov, CAL def. Lindsay Hung, UTAH - 6-4, 6-2
5. Hannah Viller Moeller, CAL v. Madison Tattini, UTAH - 7-5, 2-1 unf.
6. Erin Richardson, CAL v. Anya Lamoreaux, UTAH - 6-4, 5-6 unf.
Order of finish: 1, 4, 2

No. 5 Arizona State 4, No. 4 USC 3
1. Salma Ewing/Eryn Cayetano, USC v. Patricija Spaka/Domenika Turkovic, ASU - 5-3 unf.
2. Grace Piper/Naomi Cheong, USC def. Giulia Morlet/Sedona Gallagher, ASU - 6-2
3. Snow Han/Dani Willson, USC def. Marianna Argyrokastriti/Cali Jankowski, ASU - 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 3

1. Giulia Morlet, ASU def. Salma Ewing, USC - 6-2, 7-6 (7)
2. Domenika Turkovic, ASU def. Eryn Cayetano, USC - 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
3. Snow Han, USC def. Sedona Gallagher, ASU - 6-2, 6-2
4. Cali Janikowski, ASU def. Grace Piper, USC - 6-2, 6-4
5. Naomi Cheong, USC def. Patricija Spaka, ASU - 6-2, 6-3
6. Marianna Argyrokastriti, ASU def. Dani Willson, USC - 6-3, 6-3​​
Order of finish: 3, 5, 6, 4, 2, 1