BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – Despite a number of tight singles matches and some solid doubles play, Seattle U women’s tennis was eliminated from the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Friday as their match against #3 Kansas City was called at 4-1. The Roos will move on to face #2 New Mexico State in the semifinals on April 27.
Junior Kali McCollister had the only singles win for the Redhawks, defeating Kansas City’s Grace Ball 6-4, 6-3. Senior Lily-Ana Kreutzer battled tooth and nail in her own match, a 5-7, 4-6 loss, while freshman Jillian Rasmussen (1-6, 5-7) came back with a vengeance in the second set after a slow start. Freshman Alisa Sabotic played in the last of the completed matches, but fell 3-6, 1-6. Both Hannah Gianan and Kyra Jung had impressive matches of their own, but the day was called when Gianan sat at 6-7, 4-3 and Jung was competing in a 2-6, 6-1, 0-3 shootout.
The pair of freshman Hannah Grossman and Jung had a long doubles match that finally ended 4-6, while Gianan and Kreutzer teamed up in a 2-6 defeat. McCollister and Rasmussen were leading, 5-4, when their match was called due to Kansas City winning the overall go-ahead point.
“This was tough, but well-fought,” said Head Coach Joey Barnes. “We will take the time to reflect on the processes and support that we need to make our team stronger. The future is ahead of us.”
WAC Championships Match #2
#6 Seattle U vs. #3 Kansas City
April 26, 2019 at Brownsville, Texas
(Brownsville Tennis Center)
Kansas City 4, Seattle U 1
1. Xibilia, Michela (UMKC) vs. Gianan, Hannah (SU) 7-6, 3-4 DNF
2. Fries, Katie (UMKC) vs. Jung, Kyra (SU) 6-2, 1-6, 3-0 DNF
3. Grechkina, Yana (UMKC) def. Rasmussen, Jillian (SU) 6-1, 7-5
4. Sharma, Riddhi (UMKC) def. Sabotic, Alisa (SU) 6-3, 6-1
5. McCollister, Kali (SU) def. Ball, Grace (UMKC) 6-4, 6-3
6. Vale, Thanushree (UMKC) def. Kreutzer, Lily-Ana (SU) 7-5, 6-4
1. Xibilia, Michaela/Grechkina, Yana (UMKC) def. Gianan, Hannah/Kreutzer, Lily-Ana (SU) 6-2
2. Sharma, Riddhi/Vale, Thanushree (UMKC) def. Grossman, Hannah/Jung, Kyra (SU) 6-4
3. McCollister, Kali/Rasmussen, Jillian (SU) vs. Fries, Katie/Ball, Grace (SU) 5-4 DNF
Seattle U 0-1
Kansas City 1-0
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,3,5,6)