Women’s Tennis Releases 2022-23 Schedule
BERKELEY – The California women's tennis program released its 2022-23 schedule Wednesday, with the Golden Bears slated to play in up to six tournaments this fall and with Cal – the 2021 Pac-12 Conference regular-season champion – starting conference play in early March. The Bears will begin the regular season when they host the Cal Fall Invitational from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Hellman Tennis Complex and Channing Tennis Courts.
Cal's Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov are the defending top-flight doubles champions and Jessica Alsola is the defending top-flight singles champ – while Erin Richardson and Makenna Thiel claimed the Gold doubles title – from the 2021 Cal Fall Invite.
With head coach Amanda Augustus' Bears vying to qualify for the 2022 ITA National Fall Championships in November, they'll compete in the ITA All-American Championships from Oct. 1-9 in Cary, North Carolina, and in the ITA Northwest Regional Championships from Oct. 14-18 at Stanford. The month will end with the Bears playing in the Saint Mary's Fall Invitational from Oct. 28-30 in Moraga.
Last year's regionals were a coming out party for then-freshman Jessica Alsola, who reached the semifinals in singles and, with Richardson, advanced to the doubles semifinals. The duo earned an at-large berth to the 2021 fall nationals at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.
Those Bears who qualify for the 2022 national tournament will compete from Nov. 2-6 in San Diego, while another Cal contingent plays in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational from Nov. 4-6 in Tempe, Arizona.
The Bears will continue tournament play early in the New Year, when they travel to the Hawaii Invitational from Jan. 6-8 – last year Cal lost just two matches over three days in Honolulu – and then the Bears will host the Cal Winter Invitational from Jan. 13-15. Giavara and Ivanov are the defending doubles champions in the Bears' winter event.
Cal will start the dual-match season with a pair of nonconference home matches, as the Bears play UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 20 and Pepperdine on Jan. 21 at Hellman. Nonconference action continues in the ITA Kickoff Weekend, with Cal hosting Georgia Tech, San Diego and Princeton Jan. 27-28 in a bid to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in February. The Bears play once more at home – vs. UCLA in a nonconference match on Feb. 4 – before potentially traveling to the national indoor tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 10-13 in Seattle.
Last season, a talented Cal squad won both matches at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Berkeley and then forged its way to the quarterfinals of national indoors in Madison, Wisconsin.
Two more nonconference matches (Feb. 24 vs. San Diego State, March 1 vs. Michigan) dot the schedule before Cal starts 2022 Pac-12 Conference play at Utah on March 3 and at Colorado on March 5.
Cal plays nine Pac-12 dual matches, including the home finale vs. Washington on April 15 and the regular-season finale at Stanford on April 21, as the Bears attempt to repeat as conference champs. Cal then makes its way to the Pac-12 Championship from April 26-29 in Ojai, California, to seek the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, in which Cal reached the quarterfinals in 2021. The 2022 NCAAs begin May 5-7 with the first and second rounds and conclude with the team, singles and doubles finals in Orlando, Florida, in late May.