PULLMAN, WASH. – After not competing in the event for four years, Seattle U women’s tennis was met with a challenge in Washington State University’s Cougar Classic in Pullman, Wash., at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. They competed against individuals from Idaho, Montana, Montana State, and Washington State, who provided tough matchups for the Redhawk women.
In the crimson singles draw, none of the Redhawks moved past the first round. Senior Lily-Ana Kreutzer battled for three sets before finally falling to Linda Vink of Montana State 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. She ended up making it to the semifinals of the consolation bracket, passing teammate and reigning Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Kyra Jung, who had to withdraw due to injury. In the semifinal, Kreutzer lost to Annie Walker of Montana State 6-2, 6-3.
The gray singles draw witnessed Seattle U freshman Jillian Rasmussen drawing a bye in the round of 16, but later falling to Washington State’s Ege Tomey 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Freshman Aranza Sanabria also fell in the round of 16 to Washington State’s Aneta Miksova 6-0, 6-0, but thrived in the consolation bracket, making it to the finals match before sustaining an injury and being forced to withdraw.
The Redhawks fought hard in doubles play, but none of the teams were able to make it past the round of eight. In the gray bracket, Sanabria and freshman Martina Asciuto lost to Boise State’s Frankie Trella and Vanessa Timm 6-2, while junior Kali McCollister, paired up with Montana State’s Sara Iverson, fell to Aneta Miksovska and Ege Tomey of Washington State 6-1. The crimson bracket saw similar results, with Jung and freshman Alisa Sabotic falling to Montana State’s Laura Mary and Linda Vink 6-3, while sophomore Hannah Gianan and freshman Hannah Grossman lost to Wilhelmina Palmer and Lilian Poling of Boise State 6-3. The team of Kreutzer and Rasmussen were defeated by Melissa Yates and Yang Lee of Washington State 6-1, but then impressed by going on to win their consolation bracket, defeating teammates Gianan and Grossman 6-0 in the finals match.
"It's important to have realistic expectations with such a young team," said Assistant Coach Chris Borden. "Fitness will be a focus of our training going forward, and experience will come as our five freshman get more time playing at the collegiate level. There is a lot of talent and potential here, so I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish as a squad in the future."
Next, Seattle U heads to Spokane, Wash., from Oct. 5-7 for the Gonzaga-hosted Bulldog Invitational.