LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - (Mar. 19) A disappointing weekend for the Seattle U women's tennis team came to an end Sunday morning after suffering a 6-1 defeat to Grand Canyon.
While the Redhawks showed gradual improvement in doubles play, they were unable to capitalize on a match point, as Caroline Maltby and Kailyn Skjonsby fell to Alexandra Petrzalkova and Celina Buhr 7-6.
Michelle Lui won her doubles and singles matchups as she continued to show she's the clear leader of this year's team. She teamed with Madison Maloney to defeat the Lope's Tatum Prudhomme and Susan Baklini in doubles no. 1, 6-4. She then defeated Prudhomme 6-1, 6-2 in singles as well.
Maloney and Barbara Carey came up just short in singles as they fell 7-5, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-4, respectively.
Head coach Adam Reeb still beleives his team is headed in the right direction and is getting closer to reaching their potential in time for postseason play.
"Another super close doubles point where we had a match point but unfortunately couldn't get it," said Reeb.
"I was happy with our energy and effort again though. Michelle played a superb singles match today. Even though we didn't get the results we wanted this weekend, I'm still really positive on our team's chances.
These were our first outdoor matches of the year and we got to play in the same conditions as the WAC Tournament next month.
This is a close conference in terms of parity within the programs, and the team that has won the regular season the last few years has not come out on top at the conference tourney, so as we told the girls, we've got a great idea of what we need to do to get better every day leading up to then and there is still so much to play for. If we continue focusing on that, we'll have a great chance next month."
Seattle U will be in Lewiston, Idaho, next weekend with their first match taking place against Lewis-Clark Stage College at 12:00 p.m.