PORTLAND, ORE. – In their third match in three days, Seattle U women’s tennis battled hard against Montana State but were unable to pull off the win in a close 4-3 loss to the Bobcats. The Redhawks boasted some solid performances in singles play, but issues in doubles ultimately handed Montana State the day’s deciding point.
Junior Kali McCollister continued her singles winning streak with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Montana State’s Sara Iverson, bringing her record on the season to 3-0. Sophomore Hannah Gianan took her opponent to three sets before finally prevailing 6-0, 2-6, 6-3, while senior Lily-Ana Kreutzer won her own three-set match of 6-1, 3-6, 10-6. The three remaining Redhawks, sophomore Kyra Jung (1-6, 4-6) and freshmen Jillian Rasmussen (6-4, 4-6, 2-6) and Martina Asciuto (5-7, 3-6) all battled hard, but were just barely unable to defeat their own opponents.
Seattle U struggled more in doubles play. McCollister and Asciuto had the best match of the three in a 3-6 loss, while the Gianan-Jung and Kreutzer-Rasmussen teams were both swept, 0-6.
“I am unhappy with our loss, but also ecstatic about the way we came back to play,” said Head Coach Joey Barnes. “Montana State is a solid team. We looked for solutions and just came up short. Going forward, we need to work on our own self-confidence and not let doubt control our emotions.”
The Redhawks will get their next chance to test their mettle on Feb. 23 in Pullman, Wash., in a neutral-court matchup against Brigham Young University.
Seattle U vs. Montana State
Feb. 17, 2019 at Portland, Ore.
(St. John’s Racket Center)
Montana State 4, Seattle U 3
Gianan, Hannah (SU) def. Walker, Annie (MSU) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
Mary, Laura (MSU) def. Jung, Kyra (SU) 6-1, 6-4
Fristam, Linnea (MSU) def. Rasmussen, Jillian (SU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Zander, Enni (MSU) def. Asciuto, Martina (SU) 7-5, 6-3
McCollister, Kali (SU) def. Iverson, Sara (MSU) 6-2, 6-4
Kreutzer, Lily-Ana (SU) def. Cheverie, Sarah (MSU) 6-1, 3-6, 10-6
Mary, Laura/Fristam, Linnea (MSU) def. Gianan, Hannah/Jung, Kyra (SU) 6-0
Walker, Annie/Cheverie, Sarah (MSU) def. Kreutzer, Lily-Ana/Rasmussen, Jillian (SU) 6-0
Zander, Enni/Iverson, Sara (MSU) def. McCollister, Kali/Asciuto, Martina (SU) 6-3
Seattle U 4-4, 0-0 WAC
Montana State 3-5, 1-2 Big Sky
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,5,6)