PALO ALTO, Calif. - (Oct. 23) The Seattle U women's tennis team competed in the ITA Regionals over the Weekend. The athletes were competing for a spot in the ITA Fall National Championship in Palm Desert, Calif. Stanford University was the host for the event.
Senior Michelle Lui, who earlier this year represented the Western Athletic Conference at the Oracle/ITA Masters event, won her round of 128 match against Cal Poly's Seriana Slatzen. Lui won the first set 6-3 before falling in the second set by the same score. In the third set Lui was able to prevail, winning 7-5. Lui was then pitted against the tournament's No. 9 seed, Janice Shin of the host school Stanford. Shin defeated Lui 6-1, 6-1.
Sophomore Kali McCollister came into the ITA Regionals with a lot of momentum, having won her bracket at the Whitman Invitational. McCollister drew Eastern Washington's Zoey Nelson in the round of 128. McCollister lost the first set 6-1 and wasn't able to rally as she fell in the second set 6-2.
The Redhawk's doubles teams saw similar hardships in the open doubles draw. None of Seattle U's double's teams were able to make it out of the round of 64 in the event. Assistant Coach Jessica Perez maintains her optimism for the team after the event that hosted some of the country's best athletes.
"It was great to have the girls compete in such a tough tournament," Perez said. "We had some tough matches and we know what we need to work on to go to the next level heading into the spring."
Women's tennis starts back up on Jan. 19 when the Redhawks host South Dakota when the dual season begins.