Jessica Alsola leads a group of four Bears into the ITA National Fall Championships.
BERKELEY – This week the California women’s tennis team will send four Golden Bears to the ITA National Fall Championships in San Diego and send five Bears to the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Arizona, as the fall half of the 2023-24 season comes to a close.
The four heading to San Diego – the national tournament scheduled to start Wednesday and end Sunday – are Jessica Alsola, Mao Mushika, Hannah Viller Moeller and Katja Wiersholm. Viller Moeller is competing in singles and, with Mushika, in doubles, while Alsola and Wiersholm are in the doubles field at fall nationals. Alsola is also currently the No. 1 alternate for the singles field.
The Tempe event is slated to run from Friday through Sunday, with these Bears playing at the annual ASU event: Cami Brown, Lan Mi, Berta Passola Folch, Tiziana-Marie Schomburg and Makenna Thiel. The latter five competed in the recent Saint Mary’s Fall Invitational (see below).
The links to the draws for the ITA National Fall Championships will be posted on this page closer to the start of the tournament. The ASU Thunderbird Invite draws will be linked here.
Lan Mi Captures Singles Crown In Moraga
Lan Mi won the top-flight singles crown in the Saint Mary’s Fall Invitational on Oct. 29 in Moraga, defeating teammate Berta Passola Folch, 7-5, 7-6(2), in the final. The pair of Passola Folch and Makenna Thiel also won the Blue consolation doubles title, beating Sacramento State’s Warisara Lee and Mayya Gorbunova, 7-5, in the final.
Cal Named Newmark Award Winner
On Oct. 25, the Cal women’s tennis team was named a Newmark Award winner in the women’s small team category for posting a team grade-point average of 3.704 in 2022-23. Head coach Amanda Augustus‘ program also posted the top overall GPA among all Cal teams.
The Newmark Awards are awarded annually to the teams at Cal with the top cumulative grade-point average during the previous year. They were established in 2007 by Pat and Kent Newmark to honor team academic achievements at Cal and come with a $7,000 stipend that goes into each winning program’s operating budget. Kent Newmark competed on the tennis and track & field teams at Cal before…