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Katja Wiersholm (left) and Jessica Alsola (right) begin play in the doubles main draw on Wednesday.
BERKELEY- Two Golden Bears will represent the California women’s tennis program at this week’s ITA All-American Championships as sophomores Jessica Aussila and Katja Wiersholm participate in the annual national event in Cary, North Carolina. Cary Tennis Park, Duke, North Carolina and NC State are hosts to the ITA All-American Championships.
On Wednesday, Alsola and Wiersholm will begin play in the 32-man main draw doubles field, and Alsola will compete in the 32-man main draw singles field at Cary Tennis Park. Wiersholm played in the singles qualification draw but did not reach the main draw (see below).
Times for Wednesday’s Bears games have yet to be announced.
Fans can follow the Bears’ progress in the All-American by watching the Cracked Racquets main draw broadcast. Here are the links:
- Cracked Racquets Day One Main Draw Live Stream: Here
- Cracked Racquets Day 2 Main Draw Live Stream: Here
- Cracked Racquets Day Three Main Draw Live Stream: Here
- Cracked Racquets Day Four Main Draw Live Stream: Here
- Cracked Racquets Live Stream Main Draw Finals: Here
The ITA will update their live draw scores here. Fans can also follow Cal game updates at @CalWomensTennis.
Wiersholm falls in qualifying singles to All-American
Katja Wiersholm dropped his first ITA All-American Championship singles qualifier on Monday, falling to Ohio State’s Sydni Ratliff at Cary Tennis Park. Wiersholm, seeded 97th, won the first set, but Buckeye, seeded ninth and 51st, won the match, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.
In the consolation bracket, Wiersholm was scheduled to face Pennsylvania’s Sabine Rutlauka on Tuesday in Cary, but pulled out of the game with an injury.
Bears compete in USTA Pro Circuit events
Playing in the 25K Ascension Project Open in Redding this week, senior Cal Valentina Ivanov won her first singles qualifier against Liz Pinson 6-1, 6-0 but fell to Aspen Schuman 6-1, 6-2. Ivanov also plays doubles with Veronica Miroshnichenko, in the USTA Pro Circuit tournament which ends on Sunday.
Also, in the RSF Open, a USTA Pro Circuit 80K tournament in Rancho Santa Fe this week, a former Cal Maegan Manasseh won their opening qualifying singles match against Luisa Stefani 6-2, 7-5 but lost to Chieh-Yu Hsu 6-3. Manasse also teams up with Catherine Harrison in doubles at the RSF Open, which also ends on Sunday.
The Bears earned five rankings in ITA preseason polls. Senior Haley Giavara is ranked 25th in singles, Jessica Aussila is ranked 50th and Katja Wiersholm is 97th. In doubles, the pair Giavara and senior Erin Richardson is ranked 42nd and the senior duo Valentina Ivanov and junior Hannah Viller Moeller is 57th.
Scout the Bears
- In the last ITA polls of the 2021-22 season, Haley Giavara was ranked 36th and Jessica Aussila was 70th in singles, while in doubles Giavara and Valentina Ivanov were 40th and Alsola and Katja Wiersholm were 74th
- Five Bears returning for 2022-23 season earned 2022 All-Pac-12 honors, led by second-team selections Giavara and Alsolaand including honorable mentions Wiersholm, Erin Richardson and Hannah Viller Moeller
- Two-time singles All-American — who earned his 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 a singles runner-up in a 15k tournament in Frederiksberg, 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 at Berkeley.
- Wiersholm reached the semi-finals in doubles and the round of 16 in singles of the 18 USTA Billie Jean King Girls National Championships in August
- Viller Moeller, a junior, was 27-13 in singles and 11-7 in doubles as a sophomore
- During the summer, Viller Moeller repeated as Danish champion in singles and mixed doubles
- Also over the summer, now-senior Ivanov 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 august – 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 a coach – head of his alma mater
- Associate Head Coach Zack Warren – the 2022 ITA North West Region assistant coach of the year, who has won four regional awards in total – is in his ninth year on the staff
The next time
The Bears will compete in the ITA Northwestern Regional Championships Oct. 14-18 in Stanford, followed by the Saint Mary’s Fall Invitational, scheduled for Oct. 28-30 in Moraga.
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