SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle University Women's Tennis received solid outings from all seven of its players who competed in the Bulldog Invitational held this past weekend in Spokane, Washington.
Junior Michelle Lui had a very impressive performance as she earned a spot in the finals in the singles flight A bracket. Lui defeated Siena Peri of Portland State in the first round, 6-1, 7-6, before taking care of Gonzaga's Sophie White, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2. She faced Idaho's Marianna Petrei in what proved to be a close finals match, with Petrei ultimately hanging on, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. Despite the loss, head coach Adam Reeb was extremely pleased with her performance as well as the entire team.
"It was a really good weekend overall for us, said Reeb." "All seven girls competed very hard and I'm very proud of them. Michelle finished runner up in the top singles flight and had a great finals match which could have gone either way. She played smart tennis and it was just a terrific finals match."
Lui wasn't the only one to experience success. After dropping her intial match, senior Barbara Carey fought back to earn two straight victories in flight B. Freshman Caroline Maltby took a similar path in flight C, as she bounced back from a first round loss with two straight victories of her own.
"Barbara Ann and Caroline showed great resolve and grit in dropping their first matches but then rebounding and winning their respective back draws in their singles flights, said Reeb." "We talked to the girls a lot about competing and managing their emotions and staying calm during matches, and I saw great resolve and perseverance from all the girls in those areas this weekend. We did a great job adjusting during our matches and pulled out a lot of close matches which is a testament to our players."
With their fall season complete, Reeb has seen improved growth and maturity from his team, which he hopes to carry over to spring. He is also hopeful to get some key pieces back before attempting to make a run for the WAC Championship.
The Redhawks next match is January 14th, 11 a.m., in Pullman, Washington.