Cal women’s tennis falls short despite strong finishes in Malibu, Moraga

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After a promising start, Cal women’s tennis fell short in their double-tournament weekend.

In Malibu, freshman Haley Giavara upset Duke’s top-seeded Kelly Chen in the round of 16 for top-flight singles at the Women’s Collegiate Classic. In only her second college tournament, Giavara defeated fifth-ranked Chen 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Unfortunately, she could not replicate her performance the next day, losing in the quarters to sixth-seeded Solymar Colling of San Diego. In consolation singles, she bested Michigan’s Giulia Pairone and finished the tournament with a 3-1 record in the event.

Fellow Cal freshman Valentina Ivanov lost in the singles round of 32 but was dominant in the consolation title, causing another upset, this time over Vanderbilt’s 15th-ranked Christina Rosca 7-6(4), 6-2 in a close match. She went on to win against Michigan’s Alyvia Jones, finishing with the same record as teammate Giavara.

In doubles, Cal junior Anna Bright and Ivanov captured wins against Georgia and Michigan at Pepperdine’s Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

“To be able to finish undefeated today in a big tournament was something I was really pleased to see,” said head coach Amanda Augustus. “Most of our team competed in back-to-back weekends … that was a big test for us to see where we’re at with our training.”

At the Saint Mary’s Fall Invitational in Moraga, the Bears’ senior Alexis Nelson and Wisconsin’s Melissa Pick won the doubles consolation title in an anticlimactic fashion after UC Davis quit the tournament.

Senior Katerina Stloukalova and junior Jessica Zeynel saw more success, winning their opening matches at the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex. Stloukalova won her next match, but ultimately lost to Pacific’s fourth-seeded Klara Kosan in the quarters.

The pair competed together in top-flight doubles, losing to Cal Poly’s Delanie Dunkle and Emily Monaghan. Cal’s Stloukalova and Zeynel, along with teammate Alexis Nelson and Wisconsin’s Melissa Pick won in the doubles consolation to advance to the semifinals.

In doubles consolation, Nelson and Pick advanced to the finals after dispatching Stanford’s second-seeded Angelica Blake and Sara Choy in a 8-7(5) tiebreaker.

“It was great to see some of our upperclassmen continue their progress and get some good match play,” Augustus said. “We had good results in singles and doubles. That bodes well for the group heading into regionals.”

The Bears compete next in the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma where 13th-seeded Cal freshman Erin Richardson is set to compete against Syracuse’s Sofya Golubovskaya in qualifying singles.

Margaret Mckay covers field hockey. Contact her at [email protected].