SEATTLE – Seattle U women’s tennis kicked off their spring season on Sunday with a tough matchup against Washington at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Although the Redhawks fought valiantly, the Huskies ultimately prevailed, 7-0.
Freshman Alisa Sabotic, in the #3 singles, had the best two-set results for Seattle U, battling the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s 90th-ranked player, Washington’s Kat Kopcalic, to a 1-6, 2-6 final score. Senior Lily-Ana Kreutzer, sophomore Kyra Jung and freshman Martina Asciuto all finished their matches at 1-6, 1-6, while sophomore Hannah Gianan (0-6, 1-6) and freshman Jillian Rasmussen (0-6, 0-6) rounded things out for the team.
The Redhawks found more success in doubles, with the tandem of Kreutzer and Rasmussen winning four games in an eventual 4-6 loss, and the Gianan/Jung duo taking their opponents to a 3-6 final. Freshman Hannah Grossman, along with classmate Asciuto, acted as the third doubles pair in a 2-6 loss.
"It was a tough day today – we knew it was going to be, playing a PAC-12 team,” said Head Coach Joey Barnes. “I stressed to my team the importance of getting over the first-match jitters, especially against a very strong program. I am happy with what I saw, though, and I learned a lot about our practice needs. We look forward to improving throughout the season."
Seattle U will have a few days off before heading to Walla Walla, Wash., to face Whitman on Friday, Feb. 1. The match will begin at 2:00 PM PST.
Seattle U vs Washington
Jan. 27, 2019 at Seattle, Washington
(Nordstrom Tennis Center)
Washington 7, Seattle U 0
1. Stacey Fung (UW) def. Hannah Gianan (SU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Vanessa Wong (UW) def. Kyra Jung (SU) 6-1, 6-1
3. #90 Kat Kopcalic (UW) def. Alisa Sabotic (SU) 6-1, 6-2
4.Kenadi Hance (UW) def. Jillian Rasmussen (SU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Natsuho Arakawa (UW) def. Martina Asciuto (SU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Nika Zupancic (UW) def. Lily-Ana Kreutzer (SU) 6-1, 6-1
1. Stacey Fung/Nika Zupancic (UW) def. Hannah Gianan/Kyra Jung (SU) 6-3
2. Vanessa Wong/Kenadi Hance (UW) def. Lily-Ana Kreutzer/Jillian Rasmussen (SU) 6-4
3. Delara Zamani/Sedona Gallagher (UW) def. Martina Asciuto/Hannah Grossman (SU) 6-2
Seattle U 0-1, 0-0 WAC
Washington 4-0, 0-0 PAC-12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,4,3,2,1,6)