BERKELEY – Eleventh-seeded and 11th-ranked California women’s tennis travels to Raleigh, North Carolina, this week to play sixth-seeded/sixth-ranked NC State in the NCAA Championship round of 16 on Saturday at 3 pm ET. The Golden Bears advanced to Raleigh after shutting out Northern Arizona and 34th-ranked Texas Tech in the NCAA rounds of 64 and 32, respectively, last week at Berkeley.
Cal has an 18-7 record, while the Wolfpack is 25-5. Both Cal – the 2022 Pac-12 regular-season champion – and NC State earned at-large berths to the NCAA tournament.
The winner of Saturday’s match advances to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for the remainder of the NCAA Championship, which takes place May 20-22 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
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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 15th -14 records.
Bears Blank NAU, Texas Tech To Advance To Round Of 16
Cal shut out Northern Arizona, 4-0, and Texas Tech, 4-0, in the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship at Berkeley to advance to Raleigh. Julia Rosenqvist, Cal’s lone senior, clinched both victories in what turned out to be her last matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Against NAU in the round of 64 on May 6, Cal’s 90th-ranked duo of Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win over Gina Dittmann and Ava Neyestani on court two. Rosenqvist later completed Cal’s victory with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Elinor Beazley at court-three singles.
In the May 7 round of 32, Cal’s 38th-ranked pair of Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov defeated Texas Tech’s Avelina Sayfetdinova and Kailey Evans, 7-6(4), on court one to clinch doubles. Rosenqvist beat the 86th-ranked Sayfetdinova, 6-2, 6-4, to wrap up the Bears’ win.
Six Bears Named All Pac 12
Six Golden Bears earned All-Pac-12 honors, led by second-team selections Haley Giavara and Jessica Alsola. Cal’s 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 last week’s ITA team poll, Cal was ranked 11th, while the Bears were ranked 13th in the Tennis Channel/USTA Top 25. In the ITA singles poll, Haley Giavara (15-14 record) remained at No. 63, while Jessica Alsola (32-9) improved to No. 71. The ITA doubles poll includes Giavara and Valentina Ivanov (17-7) at No. 38, Alsola and Erin Richardson (10-4) at No. 59 and Alsola and Katja Wiersholm (10-3) at No. 90
Scouting the Bears
- 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 Texas A&M in 2022; the Aggies – who are seeded No. 7 in NCAAs – are 32-1
- 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
- Cal beat Pepperdine twice by 4-3 scores – in Malibu and then in Berkeley – but in between those matches, the Waves beat the Bears, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship
- Cal posted an 8-1 Pac-12 record to claim the conference’s regular-season title
- The Bears have won seven of their last eight and 12 of their last 14 dual matches
- Cal has won the doubles point in 18 of its 25 matches, including the last five straight
- Cal senior Julia Rosenqvist clinched Cal’s last three home wins – which were also the last three home matches of her career – including the 5-2 regular-season finale vs. Stanford and the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship
- Haley Giavara, Katja Wiersholm and Jessica Alsola earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season
- 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 Wolfpack
- NC State beat William & Mary, 4-0, and Tennessee, 4-1, in the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship at Raleigh
- The Wolfpack has won five of its last seven matches, with both the losses coming to Virginia, which is seeded fifth in the NCAA tournament
- One of the losses to the Cavaliers came in the ACC tournament semifinals
- NC State competed in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in February, falling in the semifinals to North Carolina, the top seed in NCAAs
- Four NC State players are ranked in singles: No. 11 Jaeda Daniel, no. 48 Abigail Rencheli, no. 60 Alana Smith and No. 83 Priska Nugroho
- In doubles, the pair of Daniel and Nell Miller is ranked No. 1, while Rencheli and Amelia Rajecki are ranked 24th
- Simon Earnshaw is in eighth season as NC State’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 at 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 its 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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