Rankings courtesy of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
PULLMAN, WASH. – Seattle U women’s tennis, starting off the weekend with a tough battle against no. 15 Washington State, competed hard but were ultimately outmatched in a 7-0 defeat on Friday night.
Junior Kali McCollister, the reigning Western Athletic Conference Female Singles Tennis Player of the Week, had the best match of the evening for the Redhawks as she took Washington State’s Yang Lee to three sets and a tiebreaker in a 4-6, 6-2, 0-1 (6-10) loss. Freshman Jillian Rasmussen (3-6, 3-6) also put up quite a fight against her opponent, while senior Lily-Ana Kreutzer (2-6, 2-6) and sophomore Hannah Gianan (2-6, 2-6) both won four games each. Sophomore Kyra Jung (0-6, 3-6) found her strength in the second set, but it was not enough to overcome the strong start by Tiffany Mylonas of the Cougars; finally, freshman Martina Asciuto found herself in a bind early and was unable to turn things around in a 0-6, 0-6 loss.
Doubles play was no better for Seattle U. McCollister and Asciuto teamed up to take on WSU’s Aneta Miksovska and Jovana Knezevic, but could only win one game to their six. Kreutzer and Rasmussen, hoping to capture some of their earlier magic, gave their all on the court in a 0-6 defeat to another duo (Melisa Ates and Yang Lee) fielded by the powerhouse Cougars. The third doubles match was called early – at the time, Seattle U was leading 4-3.
Despite the numbers, Head Coach Joey Barnes found plenty to be excited about. "It’s always a great experience to match up against a nationally-ranked team,” he said. “Our #1 doubles competed and was leading until the match was ended. In singles. Kali was tough for all three sets. The match was close, but her opponent found some free points and capitalized from there.
“All in all, we looked good out there, but we were just not strong enough in certain aspects of our game to upset a strong competitive team like WSU at this time,” he finished.
The Redhawks hope to turn things around tomorrow against Brigham Young, whom they will face on a neutral court in Pullman. Play will begin at 9:00 AM PT.
Seattle U vs No. 15 Washington State
February 22, 2019 at Pullman, Wash.
(Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse)
Washington State 7, Seattle U 0
- Sato, Hikaru (WSU) def. Gianan, Hannah (SU) 6-2, 6-2
- Mylonas, Tiffany (WSU) def. Jung, Kyra (SU) 6-0, 6-3
- Ly-Nguyen, Savanna (WSU) def. Rasmussen, Jillian (SU) 6-3, 6-3
- Ates, Melisa (WSU) def. Asciuto, Martina (SU) 6-0, 6-0
- Lee, Yang (WSU) def. McCollister, Kali (SU) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)
- Miksovska, Aneta (WSU) def. Kreutzer, Lily-Ana (SU) 6-2, 6-2
1. Mylonas, Tiffany/Sato, Hikaru (WSU) vs. Gianan, Hannah/Jung, Kyra (SU) 3-4 DNF
2. Ates, Melisa/Lee, Yang (WSU) def. Kreutzer, Lily-Ana/Rasmussen, Jillian (SU) 6-0
3. Miksovska, Aneta/Knezevic, Jovana (WSU) def. Asciuto, Martina/McCollister, Kali (SU) 6-1
Seattle U 4-5, 0-0 WAC
Washington State 9-1, 0-0 PAC-12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,1,3,6,5)