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Competition for both teams begins on Friday, Apr. 25 in Las Cruces, N.M.
Courtesy: John Aronson
Men's and Women's Tennis Prepares for WAC Tournament
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  04/22/2014
Seattle University men’s and women’s tennis will participate in the weekend’s Western Athletic Conference tournament, hosted by New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. The winner of each tournament will be the league’s NCAA automatic qualifier. Last season, Denver and San Jose State won the men’s and women’s titles, respectively.

The No. 3 seed men’s team will face No. 6 UTPA at 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT on Friday, Apr. 25 in one of two quarterfinal matches. The winner will advance to face No. 2 Idaho in the semifinals on Saturday, Apr. 26 at 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. with the winner of that match advancing to the championship match on Sunday, Apr. 27 at 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT.

The Redhawks men’s team finished the dual season with a 10-13 record, recording their highest win total since the rebirth of the program. The previous high was seven wins in 2009-10. Several wins highlighted the season including close victories vs. Liberty (Feb. 16) and UMBC (Mar. 15) and the program’s first ever win vs. Portland State (Apr. 11).

Senior Kevin Lynch (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and freshman Connor Leahy (Portland, Ore.) led SU with 12 singles wins apiece in dual play while Riley Newman (Whidbey Island, Wash.) and Zach Kosanke (Bellevue, Wash.) also recorded double digit singles victories in spring competition. Over the 2013-14 season, Ian Clare (Sachse, Texas) also posted double digit singles victories. Lynch and fellow senior Jason Bediones (Kent, Wash.) led the team as a pair with nine victories at No. 1 doubles.

The No. 6 seed women’s team will face the host team, No. 3 New Mexico State on Friday, Apr. 25 at 9 a.m. MT/8 a.m. PT. The winner of the quarterfinal match will advance to face No. 2 UTPA on Saturday, Apr. 26 at 9 a.m. MT/8 a.m. PT while the winner will advance to the championship match on Sunday, Apr. 27 at 9 a.m. MT/8 a.m. PT.

The Redhawk women’s team finished the season with a 3-19 dual record, recording wins over Lewis-Clark State and historic victories over Gonzaga (Feb. 7) and Eastern Washington (Feb. 9). The win versus Mesa Community College, as a non-four year institution, does not count towards the season total.

In singles competition during dual play, Corinne Wurden (Poulsbo, Wash.) led the Redhawks with nine wins while Kelli Woodman (Denver, Colo.) and Sarah Lucas (Las Vegas, Nev.) followed closely with eight apiece. As the Redhawks featured several different doubles combinations over the season, Kristen James (Lubbock, Texas) led SU with a 13-16 doubles record during 2013-14.

Stay tuned to GoSeattleU.com throughout the tournament, which goes from Apr. 25-27, on the latest updates on the men’s and women’s tennis teams.

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