EDGEWOOD, Wash. – In a match that was closer than the final score indicated, a few wrong moves doomed Seattle U women’s tennis in a 6-1 loss to Portland on Friday.
Sophomore Kyra Jung won her singles match 6-2, 6-0 over Portland’s Raphaelle LeBlanc for the Redhawks’ only point, while freshman Alisa Sabotic (6-3, 0-6, 2-6) took her opponent to three sets in a close loss. Senior Lily-Ana Kreutzer (3-6, 2-6), sophomore Hannah Gianan (1-6, 2-6) and freshman Jillian Rasmussen (3-6, 2-6) also fought hard, but were unable to come out on top. Reigning WAC Female Tennis Athlete of the Week, freshman Martina Asciuto, fell 2-6, 3-6 in her own singles match.
In doubles play, Jung once again reigned triumphant as she paired up with Gianan in a 6-1 victory over Jelena Lukic and Anna Oberg of Portland. The other two matches, although ultimately won by the Pilots, were almost down to the wire, with the team of Rasmussen and Kreutzer losing 3-6 and a Kali McCollister/Martina Asciuto duo succumbing to their opponents 4-6.
“We had our chances,” said Head Coach Joey Barnes. “We were very close in doubles, but we just couldn’t pull it off when things got tight. It was the same in singles – we had opportunities, but couldn’t convert.
“Kyra played incredibly well. She stuck to her game plan and played to her capability, working the ball in her favor while taking advantage of those opportunities when they appeared. I think she has several more gears that she has yet to tap into.
All in all, I feel that once we all start to click at the same time, we’re going to surprise ourselves.”
The Redhawks’ next chance comes against Puget Sound on Feb. 15 at the Amy Yee Tennis Center.
Seattle U vs. Portland
Feb. 8 at Edgewood, Wash.
(Jupiter Tennis Center)
Portland 6, Seattle U 1
Lukic, Jelena (UP) def. Gianan, Hannah (SU) 6-1, 6-2
Jung, Kyra (SU) def. LeBlanc, Raphaelle (UP) 6-2, 6-0
Soares, Emily (UP) def. Sabotic, Alisa (SU) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
Elenova, Marija (UP) def. Rasmussen, Jillian (SU) 6-3, 6-2
Ramalle, Lourdes (UP) def. Asciuto, Martina (SU) 6-2, 6-3
Schuster, Angela (UP) def. Kreutzer, Lily-Ana (SU) 6-3, 6-2
Gianan, Hannah/Jung, Kyra (SU) def. Lukic, Jelena/Oberg, Anna (UP) 6-1
Soares, Emily/Ramalle, Lourdes (UP) def. Rasmussen, Jillian/Kreutzer, Lily-Ana (SU) 6-3
Okazaki, Laura/Schuster, Angela (UP) def. Asciuto, Martina/McCollister, Kali (SU) 6-4
Seattle U 2-3, 0-0 WAC
Portland 2-2, 0-0 WCC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,4,5,3,6)