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Cal slated to face off against Hawaii as more rain falls in Berkeley

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MARCH 10, 2023

Returning back home to Hellman Tennis Complex after a weekend in Utah and Colorado, Cal women’s tennis is slated to face off against University of Hawaii in a nonconference contest Sunday.

With the addition of one win against Colorado and one loss against Utah, No. 54 Cal now sits at a 4-5 overall record. The Bears, 1-1 in conference play, jumped one position in the ITA rankings since their home stint against Michigan on March 1.

Cal comes in with one ranked player, No. 36 sophomore Jessica Alsola, along with the No. 19 doubles duo of Alsola and fellow sophomore Katja Wiersholm. Hawaii, too, has just one ranked singles player on its roster, albeit ranked 80 spots below Alsola, in No. 116 sophomore Ana Vilcek.

“We’ve played against (Hawaii) and seen some of their players already,” said head coach Amanda Agustus, referring to the Weinman Foundation Invitational earlier in the year. “It’ll be good because hopefully we’ll see some similarities (and) we can compare how we competed against them in January versus now, so that’ll be really helpful.”

Earlier in the year, the Bears attended the three-day Weinman Foundation Invitational tournament in January at the University of Hawaii.

Though the Bears and Hawaii faced off against other teams, including USC and Washington State, in the collective nine singles matches against Hawaii, the Bears fell short, coming out with an overall 3-6 record against the Rainbow Warriors.

In the six doubles matches, Cal had an overall record of 2-4 against Hawaii. Only the doubles duos of Cami Brown and Hannah Viller Moeller along with Haley Giavara and Viller Moeller beat out their opponents, 6-2 and 6-1, respectively.

Cal’s doubles pairings, which were mixed up in the teams’ last meeting, have since been solidified and consistent.

The last time the teams met, Cal was ranked No. 12. Since then, however, the Bears have faced numerous high-level opponents, including now ranked No. 5 North Carolina State and No. 6 Michigan, dropping their ranking to No. 54.

Hawaii has had a slightly slower start to its season with an overall record of 3-5. However, the team boasts a 2-1 away record, compared to its 1-4 record at home, making it a potentially dangerous opponent for the Bears.

The Hawaii team, which last played nearly three weeks ago against the University of San Diego, may face issues with the fully charged Bears as it comes off a break. Going into the weekend, however, Hawaii will play two matches, starting at UC Davis and finishing at Cal.

The blue and gold, coming off of a full weekend of conference play and set to play at their home court, might have the advantage coming into the matchup. But the Bears may continue to face off against what seems to be their formidable opponent this season yet again —  more rainfall predicted to end the week in Berkeley.

“Our biggest opponent is probably hoping it doesn’t rain,” Augustus said. “It’s been a challenging, challenging winter with all this rain for us, as an outdoor sport. I think we’re looking forward to hopefully just being able to compete at home this weekend.”

Using the push of their previous match win against Colorado, the Bears will look to create a win streak in this nonconference match. Until then, only the possibility of rain will keep the Bears off the court Sunday.

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MARCH 10, 2023