The Seattle University women’s team claimed two singles victories Sunday, but they weren’t enough to overcome New Mexico State as the Redhawks fell to the Aggies 5-2 at the Spartans Tennis Complex in San Jose, Calif.
Kristen James (Lubbock, Texas) earned her first collegiate dual singles victory, a two-set affair against Mia Brandt at No. 6 singles. James took the first set 6-2, and then finished with a 6-3 second set to claim the win, her first individual victory since September 28, 2012, in the Jack Taylor Tennis Classic.
Lindsey Newman (Freeland, Wash.) earned the Redhawks’ other point of the day. In the first singles position, she took the first set against Jodie Williams 6-0 before Williams retired, ceding the point to SU.
At No. 2 singles, Anna Lambert (Spokane, Wash.) fell to Ginet Pinero 6-4, 6-1, while Gabriella Weissmann (Simi Valley, Calif.) lost at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-2 to NMSU’s Denis Van Der Ben. Rounding out the singles lineup, Sarah Lucas (Las Vegas, Nev.) fell 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 singles, while Corinne Wurden (Poulsbo, Wash.) fell 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.
In doubles play, Lucas and Newman teamed up to take down Van Der Ben and Witte 8-6 in the second position. New Mexico State clinched the doubles point, however, with wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles to begin the match.
The Redhawks (3-8, 0-3 WAC) will now travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for three matches in two days. They have two matches Monday, March 25: a 9:00 a.m. contest with Western New Mexico and a 6:00 p.m. match against Southern Utah. Both matches will take place at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas.
New Mexico State 5, Seattle University 2
1) Pinero/Nguyen (NMSU) def. Weissmann/Lambert (SU) 8-1
2) Lucas/Newman (SU) def. Van Der Ben/Witte (NMSU) 8-6
3) Williams/Brandt (NMSU) def. Wurden/James (SU) 8-4
1) Lindsey Newman (SU) def. Jodie Williams (NMSU) 6-0, ret.
2) Ginet Pinero (NMSU) def. Anna Lambert (SU) 6-4, 6-1
3) Denise Van Der Ben (NMSU) def. Gabriella Weissmann (SU) 6-3, 6-2
4) Annemieke Whitt (NMSU) def. Sarah Lucas (SU) 6-1, 6-1
5) Ros-Polly Nguyen (NMSU) def. Corinne Wurden (SU) 6-2, 6-1
6) Kristen James (SU) def. Mia Brandt (NMSU) 6-2, 6-3