No. 11 Cal Set To Host NCAA Regional Friday
BERKELEY – Eleventh-seeded and 11th-ranked California women's tennis – the 2022 Pac-12 regular-season champion – hosts Northern Arizona on Friday at the Hellman Tennis Complex to open its NCAA Championship campaign. Loyola Marymount, ranked 25th, and No. 34 Texas Tech play in the 10 a.m. first-round match at Hellman, with Cal battling the Lumberjacks at 1 p.m. Friday's winners advance to Saturday's 12 p.m. round of 32, with that victor moving on to the round of 16.
An at-large entrant in NCAA's, Cal has a 16-7 record heading into the first round. Northern Arizona, the Big Sky Conference champion, is 12-7. LMU (18-3) and Texas Tech (14-10) also garnered at-large berths in the postseason.
The ticket prices for Friday's and Saturday's matches are as follows: Adult - $10, Youth/Senior - $5 and Student - $3. Fans can follow the action and scores by using the TennisONE app to view the Hellman live stream; download the TennisONE app here. Fans can also follow updates of Cal matches on Twitter at @CalWomensTennis.
After the round of 16 – which will be held at campus sites TBA - the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host the remainder of the NCAA team tournament from May 20-22 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. After the team tournament ends, the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments will likewise take place at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex and conclude on May 28.
Last season, Cal captured the Pac-12 tournament championship and later earned the 16th seed in the 2021 NCAA tournament. As the hosts of the first and second rounds in Berkeley, the Bears beat San Jose State, 4-0, in the first round and bested Kentucky, 4-2, in the second round to advance to the remainder of the NCAA Championships in Orlando. Cal lost to top-seeded North Carolina, 4-0, in the round of 16.
Haley Giavara Named To NCAA Singles Field
Cal junior Haley Giavara was named to the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship as the first alternate, with the tournament slated to run May 23-28 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Illinois. This marks the second straight season that the San Diego product will compete in NCAA singles, with Giavara falling in the round of 64 in 2021. A singles All-American as a freshman, Giavara is ranked 63rd in the ITA singles poll and has a 14-14 record.
Cal freshman Jessica Alsola is the fifth alternate for NCAA singles. Additionally, the 38th-ranked pair of Giavara and Valentina Ivanov is the fifth alternate for the NCAA Doubles Championship, which will also run from May 23-28 in Urbana.
Six Bears Named All-Pac-12
Six Golden Bears earned All-Pac-12 honors on Wednesday, led by second-team selections Haley Giavara and Jessica Alsola. Erin Richardson, Julia Rosenqvist, Hannah Viller Moeller and Katja Wiersholm collected All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
This marks the second All-Pac-12 accolade for Giavara, who was named to the first team in 2021. Rosenqvist, a senior, has now earned four all-conference honors, including a first-team nod in 2018 and second-team selections in 2019 and 2021.
In Wednesday's new ITA team poll, Cal is ranked 11th, while the Bears are ranked 13th in this week's Tennis Channel/USTA Top 25. In the new ITA singles poll, Haley Giavara (14-14 record) remained at No. 63, while Jessica Alsola (31-9) improved to No. 71. The ITA doubles poll includes Giavara and Valentina Ivanov (16-7) at No. 38, Alsola and Erin Richardson (10-4) at No. 59 and Alsola and Katja Wiersholm (9-3) at No. 90.
Cal Beats Utah But Falls To ASU In Pac-12 Tournament
Top-seeded Cal blanked ninth-seeded Utah, 4-0, to open the Pac-12 Championship on April 21 in Ojai, with Jessica Alsola beating Emily Dush, 6-4, 6-2, to clinch the quarterfinal win. But the Bears fell to fifth-seeded Arizona State, 4-3, in the April 22 semifinals, despite winning the doubles point and getting singles victories from Katja Wiersholm and Julia Rosenqvist.
Scouting the Bears
- Cal posted an 8-1 Pac-12 record to claim the conference's regular-season title (see below)
- The Bears have won five of their last six and 10 of their last 12 dual matches
- The Bears have posted numerous big wins this season, including a 4-3 result over Texas A&M in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship first round
- Cal is the only team to beat seventh-ranked and seventh-seeded Texas A&M in 2022; the Aggies are 30-1
- The Bears also beat eighth-ranked/seeded Pepperdine two out of three times this season and defeated 15th-ranked/seeded Stanford to end the regular season (see below)
- Cal has won the doubles point in 16 of its 23 matches, including the last three straight
- Haley Giavara, 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: Jan. 21 vs. UC Santa Barbara, Jan. 22 vs. Pepperdine, March 6 vs. Oregon and March 18 vs. Utah
- Jessica Alsola reached the singles semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in the fall
- Along with earning singles All-America honors in her first season, Haley Giavara was named the ITA Northwest Regional Rookie of the Year as a freshman
- Former Cal star 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 – who captured back-to-back NCAA doubles championships with Amy Jensen in 1988 and 1999 – was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011
- The pair of Augustus and Jensen was named the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Century in 2016
- Associate head coach Zack Warren – the 2021 ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year – is in his eighth year on the staff.
Scouting the Lumberjacks
- Northern Arizona beat Weber State, 4-1, on April 30 to win its third straight Big Sky Conference championship
- NAU earned five straight Big Sky Player of the Week awards heading into the conference tournament, with Sofia Markova earning her first career Big Sky honor on April 19
- Also earning Big Sky weekly honors were the Lumberjacks' Gina Dittmann (March 22), Mimi Bland (March 29), Ava Neyestani (April 5) and Elinor Beazley (April 12)
- Ewa Bogusz is in her fourth season as Northern Arizona's head coach
Scouting the Lions
- LMU had a nine-match winning streak snapped in a 4-1 loss to San Diego in the WCC Championship semifinals on April 29 in Ojai
- The Lions went 3-1 vs. the Pac-12 this year, beating UCLA, 4-3, Arizona, 4-0, and Utah, 4-0, and losing to USC, 4-0
- All-WCC first-team singles selection Veronica Miroshnichenko is ranked 69th in singles
- Eva Marie Voracek was named to the All-WCC singles second team
- Stefania Rogozinska-Dzik earned All-WCC singles honorable mention
- Lions who earned All-WCC doubles honors were Wiktoria Rutkowska/Isabella Tcherkes-Zade (second team) and Voracek/Ulyana Shirokova (honorable mention)
- The 2022 WCC Coach of the Year, Agustin Moreno is in his seventh season as LMU's head coach
Scouting the Lady Raiders
- Texas Tech lost to third-seeded Oklahoma State, 4-3, in the Big 12 tournament second round on April 21
- The Lady Raiders played just one Pac-12 team this season, beating Arizona, 4-1, on Feb. 25
- Ranked 21st in singles, Margarita Skriabina earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Championship
- Skriabina was named to the All-Big-12 singles first team
- Avelina Sayfetidinova is ranked 86th in singles
- Tech's top doubles tandem of Sayfetidinova and Kailey Evans earned All-Big-12 second-team doubles honors
- Todd Petty is in 14th season as Texas Tech's head coach
Cal Captures Pac-12 Regular-Season Title Vs. Stanford
Seventh-ranked Cal won the 2022 Pac-12 regular-season championship when it bested No. 17 Stanford, 5-2, on April 16 in Berkeley. Julia Rosenqvist – who clinched Cal's 2021 Pac-12 tournament championship – defeated the Cardinal's India Houghton in singles to hand the Bears their latest conference title.
Rosenqvist – whom the Bears celebrated before the match in their Senior Day ceremony – also won in doubles, as the Swede teamed with Erin Richardson to beat the Cardinal's Niluka Madurawe and Valencia Xu, 6-3, on court three. The Bears clinched the doubles point when Haley Giavara and Hannah Viller Moeller defeated Sara Choy and Alexandra Yepifanova, 6-3, on court two.
With singles wins from the 97th-ranked Giavara, who beat the 19th-ranked Connie Ma, 6-1, 6-0, and Richardson, who knocked off Choy, 6-4, 6-2, and a loss by Cal freshman Jessica Alsola, Cal built a 3-1 lead over the Cardinal. Rosenqvist then defeated Houghton, 7-6(8), 6-3, to clinch the win, with Cal leading 4-1. The teams split the last two matches to make the final score 5-2.
Valentina Ivanov Returns From International Duty
Cal junior Valentina Ivanov competed in the Pac-12 Championship after missing Cal's last three regular-season matches to play for New Zealand in Billie Jean King Cup qualifying in Antalya, Turkey. The Kiwis ended their run in the Asia Oceania Group 1 tournament on a high note, beating Indonesia, 2-1, on April 16 on the clay courts of the MTA Tennis Academy. But with a 1-4 record in Turkey, New Zealand did not advance to the finals of the Billie Jean King Cup.
Haley Giavara Named Pac-12 Player of the Week in April
Haley Giavara earned the Pac-12 Player of the Week honor on April 19 for her play in the Bears' April 16 victory over Stanford that clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title and the top seed in this week's Pac-12 Championship for the Bears. This is the second career Pac-12 weekly award for Giavara.
Giavara, ranked 97th in singles at the time, defeated the Cardinal's 19th-ranked Connie Ma, 6-1, 6-0, and partnered with Hannah Viller Moeller to beat Sara Choy and Alexandra Yepifanova, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point.
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.
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. 71 singles ranking, Alsola is ranked seventh in the ITA Newcomer poll.
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