MALIBU, Calif. - (Sept. 25) Michelle Lui became the first Seattle U athlete to compete in the Oracle/ITA Masters, which took place Sept. 21-24 at Pepperdine University. Lui competed in two matches before being eliminated in the prestigious tournament.
Lui, seeded No. 28, was paired with New Mexico State University's Christofer Goncalves in the mixed doubles potion of the tournament and lost the very close affair 7-6 (4) to the No. 5 seed Alle Sanford (North Carolina) and Billy Griffith (California).
Lui, again seeded No. 28, then competed in the women's singles bracket and was plotted against the No. 5 seed Jessica Failla from host Pepperdine. Lui fell in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 on Friday afternoon.
Lui is just returning from a foot injury and, considering the quality of play, was pleased with her own performance.
"Competing in this event was an incredible experience," Lui said. "To be considered as one of the top-32 players across each conference is such an honor. This event showcased a high level of tennis, and although I didn't get the results I wanted, I am happy with the way I competed."
Head Coach Adam Reeb also sees the tournament as an invaluable way to prepare for the season.
"Competing in this prestigious event was a great experience for Michelle," Reeb said. "It was an amazing way for he to start her senior year. Michelle played hard and competed well, she will take a lot from this tournament. She represented our program, school and conference very well. I couldn't be more proud of her."
Next up for the Redhawks is the Bulldog Invitational in Spokane, Wash., hosted by Gonzaga starting Sept. 29.