PALO ALTO, CALIF. – Seattle U women’s tennis faced some of the best players on this side of the country as they competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Regional Championships from Oct. 18-22 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The field contained athletes from California, Cal Poly, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Pacific, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, St. Mary’s, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Seattle, Stanford, UC Davis and Washingotn.
Only one Redhawk moved on from the singles round of 128, as junior Kali McCollister decisively defeated Pacific’s Hannah Ketcherside 6-0, 6-0. In the round of 64, McCollister battled hard against Aubane Ville of St. Mary’s, but fell in three sets, 6-7(9), 6-3, 6-1. The rest of the team did not fare as well. Freshman Jillian Rasmussen lost to Cal’s Jessica Zeynel 6-3, 6-3, while classmate Martina Asciuto fell to Portland’s Jelena Lukic 6-2, 6-0. Fellow freshman Alisa Sabotic also fell to Alessia Dario of Fresno State, 6-4, 6-1, and sophomores Hannah Gianan and Kyra Jung lost to Cal Poly’s Kimberley Bunu 6-4, 7-5 and Pacific’s Anneroos Nederstigt 6-3, 6-4, respectively. Senior Lily-Ana Kreutzer was matched against Rita Colyer of San Francisco, but had to withdraw due to illness.
In consolation singles matches, the Redhawks saw more success. Gianan triumphed over UC Davis’ Skyler Holm in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(5), and Jung picked up a victory of her own in a tight match over Sacramento State’s Shamika Dhar, 7-6(5), 6-3. Sabotic came out on top in three sets over UC Davis’ Jessica Walter, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0(8).
Doubles play brought more difficulties for Seattle U. The pairing of McCollister and Sabotic lost to Santa Clara’s Elvena Gevargiz and Katya Tabachnik 8-2, while Gianan and Jung fell to Laura Malsert and Mathilda Vidgren of San Jose State 8-3.
Assistant Coach Chris Borden feels positive about the team’s future. “This tournament is always full of tough competitiors,” he said. “It was a fun weekend full of solid matches. The girls performed well, and we will take what we can from this tournament.”
With fall play concluded, Seattle U looks forward to team play in the spring. Their first match comes against Lewis-Clark State College in Richland, Wash., on Jan. 31.