LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - (Mar. 17) The Seattle U women's tennis team dropped its conference opener to New Mexico State Friday afternoon by a final score of 5-2. 

Still, the Redhawks received some solid performances from senior Barbara Carey and junior Audrey Scott. Playing in the singles no. 3 position, Carey defeated NMSU's Rebecca Keijzerwaard 7-6, 6-1. Scott also earned a two-set victory as she got the best of the Aggie's Fanni Novak 6-2, 6-3.

Junior Michelle Lui came close to securing another singles victory for the Redhawks before falling in a tightly contested three set game against Rimpledeep Kaur. Lui fell by a final count of 4-6, 6-1, 4-6.

Head coach Adam Reeb was pleased with how his team competed and is optimistic the Redhawks will hit their stride by the time the WAC Tournament comes around.

"Very tough match today," said Reeb. "Even though we lost we're encouraged by the result. New Mexico State is a strong team and we were right there with them and had chances to come away with the win today.

We've got some things to work on but if we continue to get better we'll be in a good spot come WAC Tournament time. We're focused on recovering now and preparing for another tough conference match tomorrow against UTRGV."

SU faces UTRGV tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in Las Cruces for their second conference match of the season before closing out the weekend on Sunday against Grand Canyon.

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