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Bears Play At ITA All-American

Oct 4, 2022
Katja Wiersholm (left) and Jessica Alsola (right) start play in main draw doubles on Wednesday.

BERKELEY – Two Golden Bears will represent the California women's tennis program in this week's ITA All-American Championships, as sophomores Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm compete in the annual national event in Cary, North Carolina. Cary Tennis Park, Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State are the hosts of the ITA All-American Championships.

On Wednesday, Alsola and Wiersholm start play in the 32-team field in main draw doubles, and Alsola will compete in the 32-player field in main draw singles at Cary Tennis Park. Wiersholm played in the qualifying singles bracket but didn't reach the main draw (see below).

Times for the Bears' Wednesday matches have yet to be announced.

Fans can follow the Bears' progress in the All-American by watching the Cracked Racquets' broadcast of the main draws. Here are the links:

  • Cracked Racquets Live Stream Main Draw Day One: Here
  • Cracked Racquets Live Stream Main Draw Day Two: Here
  • Cracked Racquets Live Stream Main Draw Day Three: Here
  • Cracked Racquets Live Stream Main Draw Day Four: Here
  • Cracked Racquets Live Stream Main Draw Finals: Here

Alternately, you can watch the Cary Tennis Park live streams here.

The ITA will update scores on its live draws here. Fans can also follow updates of Cal matches at @CalWomensTennis.
 
Wiersholm Falls In Qualifying Singles At All-American
Katja Wiersholm dropped her qualifying singles opener of the ITA All-American Championships on Monday, falling to Ohio State's Sydni Ratliff at Cary Tennis Park. Wiersholm, ranked 97th, won the first set, but the ninth-seeded and 51st-ranked Buckeye won the match, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

In the consolation bracket, Wiersholm was slated to face Pennsylvania's Sabine Rutlauka on Tuesday in Cary but withdrew from the match with an injury.

Bears Compete In USTA Pro Circuit Events
Playing in the 25K Ascension Project Open in Redding this week, Cal senior Valentina Ivanov won her singles qualifying opener vs. Liz Pinson 6-1, 6-0 but fell to Aspen Schuman 6-1, 6-2. Ivanov is also playing in doubles with Veronica Miroshnichenko, in the USTA Pro Circuit tournament that ends Sunday.
 
Additionally, in the RSF Open, an 80K USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Rancho Santa Fe this week, Cal alumna Maegan Manasse won her qualifying singles opener vs. Luisa Stefani 6-2, 7-5 but lost to Chieh-Yu Hsu 6-3. Manasse also pairs with Catherine Harrison in doubles in the RSF Open, which ends also Sunday.
 
Poll Position
The Bears earned five rankings in the ITA's preseason polls. Senior Haley Giavara is ranked 25th in singles, Jessica Alsola is ranked 50th and Katja Wiersholm is 97th. In doubles, the pair of Giavara and senior Erin Richardson is ranked 42nd and the duo of senior Valentina Ivanov and junior Hannah Viller Moeller is 57th.
 
Scouting the Bears

  • In the final ITA polls of the 2021-22 season, Haley Giavara was ranked 36th and Jessica Alsola was 70th in singles, while in doubles Giavara and Valentina Ivanov were 40th and Alsola and Katja Wiersholm were 74th
  • Five Bears returning for the 2022-23 season earned 2022 All-Pac-12 honors, led by second-team selections Giavara and Alsola, and including honorable mentions Wiersholm, Erin Richardson and Hannah Viller Moeller
  • A two-time singles All-American – who earned her second honor last season - Giavara posted records of 15-14 in singles and 21-9 in doubles last spring
  • Alsola compiled the best singles record (32-9) for the Bears and was also 23-9 in doubles last year
  • Over the summer, Alsola won a doubles title and was the singles runner-up in a 15K Frederiksberg tournament in Denmark
  • Wiersholm – who was 21-3 in singles and 17-5 in doubles as a freshman – won her first 17 singles matches before losing in Cal's 4-3 win over No. 5 Pepperdine in Berkeley
  • Wiersholm reached the doubles semifinals and the singles round of 16 of the USTA Billie Jean King Girls' 18 National Championships in August
  • Viller Moeller, a junior, was 27-13 in singles and 11-7 in doubles as a sophomore
  • Over the summer, Viller Moeller repeated as the Danish singles and mixed doubles champion
  • Also over the summer, Ivanov, now a senior, won a 15K Monastir doubles title in Tunisia
  • As a junior, Ivanov was 14-13 in singles and 19-10 in doubles
  • Former two-time NCAA doubles champion Amanda Augustus – the 2021 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and five-time ITA Northwest Region Coach of the Year (including in 2021-22) – is in her 16th year as head coach at her alma mater
  • Associate head coach Zack Warren – the 2022 ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year, who has collected four regional awards overall – is in his ninth year on the staff

Next Time
The Bears will play in the ITA Northwest Regional Championships from Oct. 14-18 at Stanford followed by the Saint Mary's Fall Invitational, slated for Oct. 28-30 in Moraga.
 
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