The Seattle University women’s tennis team saw its 2013 dual season end today, falling 7-0 to Washington State at Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle, Wash., on their Senior and Breast Cancer Awareness Days.
The match started with the Redhawks and the Cougars contesting the doubles point. At No. 1 doubles, Seattle U’s Sarah Lucas (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Lindsey Newman (Freeland, Wash.) fell into a 3-0 hole against Andjela Kankaras and Olga Musilovich, but clawed back within one game at 6-5. The WSU pair won the next two games, however, and took the contest 8-5.
In the second doubles position, Corinne Wurden (Poulsbo, Wash.) and Kristen James (Lubbock, Texas) took on Ksenia Googe and Lize Leenknecht. The Redhawks’ duo took three games, but fell in the match 8-3. Rounding out the doubles lineup, Steffanie Mortera (Portland, Ore.) and Gabriella Weissmann (Simi Valley, Calif.) took on Elizaveta Luzina and Dajana Ognjenovic at No. 3 doubles, falling to the pair from WSU 8-1. By virtue of sweeping the doubles matches, WSU won the doubles point.
In singles play, two Redhawks played their final collegiate matches. At No. 1 singles, Newman squared off against Googe to end her collegiate career. Newman hung tough, but couldn’t get much offense going, losing 6-1, 6-2. At No. 6 singles, Mortera also played her final collegiate match, facing Ognjenovic. Mortera won two games in the first set but fell 6-2, then dropped the second set 6-0 to end her career with Seattle U.
In the fifth singles slot, Lucas was able to win four games total, but came up short in both sets. She fell to Charlotte Koning 6-3, 6-1. At No. 3 singles, Weissmann fell 6-2, 6-0 to Kankaras, while both Wurden and Anna Lambert (Spokane, Wash.) lost their matches 6-1, 6-1. Wurden fell to Musilovich at No. 4 singles while Lambert played in the second singles position, losing to Luzina.
The match was also Seattle U’s first-ever Breast Cancer Awareness match to honor a Seattle U tennis supporter stricken with the disease. The team wore pink socks and ribbons for the match and also raised over $240 to help fund breast cancer research.
With the loss, the Redhawks end their season in the Western Athletic Conference with a 6-17 record, going 0-9 in WAC play. They graduate two players—Newman and Mortera—and have already signed two incoming freshmen to National Letters of Intent: Jacqueline Jacque and Barbara Carey.
Washington State 7, Seattle University 0
1. Kankaras/Musilovich (WSU) def. Lucas/Newman (SU) 8-5
2. Googe/Leenknecht (WSU) def. Wurden/James (SU) 8-3
3. Luzina/Ognjenovic (WSU) def. Weissmann/Mortera (SU) 8-1
Order: 3, 2, 1
1. Ksenia Googe (WSU) def. Lindsey Newman (SU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. Anna Lambert (SU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Andjela Kankaras (WSU) def. Gabriella Weissmann (SU) 6-2. 6-0
4. Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Corinne Wurden (SU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Charlotte Koning (WSU) def. Sarah Lucas (SU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Dajana Ognjenovich (WSU) def. Steffanie Mortera (SU) 6-2, 6-0
Order: 3, 4, 2, 1, 5, 6