SPOKANE, Wash. - (Oct. 1) Seattle U's women's tennis competed in its first team tournament of the 2017-18 season at the Bulldog Invitational over the weekend.
The red singles bracket hosted each teams number one player, and the Redhawks were represented by senior Michelle Lui. Lui won her first two matches to reach the championship match. She then fell to Gonzaga University's Nevada Apollo in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0, to finish in second place.
In the white singles bracket, freshman Kyra Jung won her first match against Boise State University's Jovana Kuljanin in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. Jung lost her match to Gonzaga's Haruna Tsuruta 6-2, 6-3, before winning the third-place match against University of Idaho's Shion Watabe 6-4, 6-4.
Sophomore Kali McCollister, who competed in the Zags singles bracket, also finished third. McCollister beat Eastern Washington's Jennifer Lewis after falling behind by a set in her first match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and won her third-place finish after Gonzaga's Katie Day had to retire due to injury.
Freshman Hannah Gianan finished in fourth place in the blue bracket. Gianan won her first match as a Redhawk, defeating Eastern Washington University's Faye Worrall 6-4, 7-6(1).
"It was a good weekend of tennis," Head Coach Adam Reeb said. "It was great to see our student-athletes back competing, or representing Seattle U for the first time. Our attitude and mental engagement was really good this weekend across the board. We did a lot of things well and can take notes from the weekend to the practice court before our next tournament. Overall it was a really good weekend."
Seattle U took fourth in the eight-team doubles bracket. Lui and Jung defeated University of Idaho 6-4 before falling to Gonzaga 6-4 and Eastern Washington 6-3.
Next up for the Redhawks is the Whitman Invitational in Walla Walla, Wash., on Oct. 14.