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No. 15 Cal Opens ITA National Indoors Vs. No. 5 Michigan

No. 15 Cal Opens ITA National Indoors Vs. No. 5 Michigan




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Jessica Alsola and No. 15 Cal hope to add to the program’s 2016 national indoor championship.


The 15th-ranked California women’s tennis team heads north this week for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, with the Golden Bears opening the tournament vs. fifth-ranked and fourth-seeded Michigan in the first round on Friday at 9 a.m. PT at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.
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The annual tournament features 16 of the top teams in the nation – including defending champion, top-ranked and top-seeded North Carolina – competing over four days for the ITA national indoor crown. Cal is one of four Pac-12 teams – including second-seeded Stanford, USC and Washington – vying for the championship in Seattle. In 2016, Cal head coach Amanda Augustus led the Bears to the national indoor title, marking the program’s first national team championship.
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Match information

ITA National Team Indoor Championship – First Round


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Cal (2-0) Vs. Michigan (5-1)
When: Friday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. PT
Where: Nordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle, Wash.
Watch: Nordstrom Tennis Center Livestream, Cracked Racquets Livestream
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The winner between Cal and Michigan advances to Saturday’s quarterfinal round, slated for 9 a.m. PT at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, to face the winner of the first-round contest between fifth-seeded Pepperdine and Virginia. The semifinals take place on Sunday, and the final is set for Monday at noon PT.
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Some of the matches at ITA national indoors will take place at the Seattle Tennis Club.
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Last Time Out: Bears Sweep Through Norman To Advance
Cal defeated Illinois, 4-0, on Jan. 27 and then beat host and No. 16 Oklahoma, 4-3, on Jan. 28 to claim the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Norman and advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
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Cal won the doubles point in both matches. The relatively new duo of Jessica Alsola and Valentina Ivanov (3-0 record) clinched both points, beating Kida Ferrari and Violeta Martinez of Illinois, 6-2, and topping OU’s Julia Garcia Ruiz and Chloe Noel, 6-2.
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Katja Wiersholm, ranked 36th in singles at the time, clinched the win over Illinois when she beat Josie Frazier, 6-1, 6-2, on court four. Lan Mi secured the victory over the Sooners and booked the Bears’ ticket to Seattle when she…

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