CHICAGO – In their final conference matchup of the regular season, Seattle U women’s tennis hoped to bounce back from Friday’s heartbreaking loss when they faced UMKC on a neutral court on Saturday morning. Although they snagged the doubles point, the Redhawks just couldn’t stop the Roos in singles, ending with a final score of 6-1.
Sophomore Hannah Gianan took UMKC’s Michela Xibilia to three sets in the number one singles spot, easily winning the first set before succumbing to Xibilia’s furious comeback in a 6-1, 0-6, 2-6 final. In the number six spot, freshman Jillian Rasmussen impressed by giving it her all in a 5-7, 4-6 loss, and sophomore Kyra Jung (4-6, 3-6) also kept things close in her matchup. The team’s lone upperclassmen, junior Kali McCollister and senior Lily-Ana Kreutzer, both started off strong, but their opponents picked up steam in respective 4-6, 0-6 and 4-6, 1-6 losses. Freshman Alisa Sabotic (2-6, 1-6) finished off the lineup for the Redhawks.
Rasmussen and McCollister teamed up in doubles play to snatch a 6-2 win from the Roos, followed by the 6-3 victory of Jung and freshman Hannah Grossman to clinch the doubles point. Gianan and Kreutzer barely fell short of making it a 3-0 sweep for Seattle U doubles with a final score of 4-6 in their match.
In their final regular-season match, the Redhawks return home to the Jupiter Tennis Center on Friday, April 19 to face Sacramento State at 8:30 AM.
Seattle U vs. UMKC
April 6, 2019 at Chicago, Ill.
(H-F Racquet & Fitness Club)
UMKC 6, Seattle U 1
1. Xibilia, Michela (UMKC) def. Gianan, Hannah (SU) 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
2. Fries, Katie (UMKC) def. Jung, Kyra (SU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Grechkina, Yana (UMKC) def. Sabotic, Alisa (SU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Sharma, Riddhi (UMKC) def. McCollister, Kali (SU) 6-4, 6-0
5. Ball, Grace (UMKC) def. Kreutzer, Lily-Ana (SU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Vale, Thanushree (UMKC) def. Rasmussen, Jillian (SU) 7-5, 6-4
1. Xibilia, Michela/Grechkina, Yana (UMKC) def. Gianan, Hannah/Kreutzer, Lily-Ana (SU) 6-4
2. Jung, Kyra/Grossman, Hannah (SU) def. Ball, Grace/Sharma, Riddhi (UMKC) 6-3
3. McCollister, Kali/Rasmussen, Jillian (SU) def. Vale, Thanushree/Fries, Katie (UMKC) 6-2
Seattle U 5-14, 0-5 WAC
UMKC 7-11, 2-2 WAC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,5,2,4,6,1)