MESA, Ariz. – (April 25) The Seattle University men’s and women’s tennis teams are set to take part in the Western Athletic Conference championship this weekend at the Mesa Tennis Center.

The tournament, which will run from April 27-29, will feature all six WAC teams and live stats will be available. Link can be found in the tournament central page, which is HERE.

On the men’s side, the defending WAC champions are the #1 seed after finishing WAC play 5-0, and New Mexico State follows at #2. The #4 ranked Seattle U will face the #5 UTRGV on Friday at 1 p.m., and #3 GCU will battle #6 Chicago State. The winner of the SU and UTRGV match will face the #1 seed UMKC on Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner of that match will move on to the championship on Sunday at 1 p.m.

“We’re excited to head to Arizona this week to compete at the WAC Tournament,” head coach Adam Reeb said. “We’ve been putting in the work all year and are certainly ready to compete hard and with intensity.”

The Redhawks enter the tournament with an overall record of 10-12, and 2-3 in WAC play. They are riding a three-game winning streak into the weekend, having beat North Dakota, Chicago State, and UTRGV to finish the regular season; the latter two being conference matches.

Colton Weeldreyer leads SU with 16 overall wins and 11 in dual matches. Arshak Ghazaryan collected 12 wins overall and 10 in dual play. Trenton Nield won nine matches overall, and all five of his wins in dual matches came in the first flight for the Redhawks.

2018 WAC Men's Tennis Tournament

Friday, April 27
Match One: No. 4 Seattle U vs. No. 5 UT Rio Grande Valley, 1 p.m.
Match Two: No. 3 Grand Canyon vs. No. 6 Chicago State, 1 p.m.  

Saturday, April 28
Match Three: No. 1 Kansas City vs. Winner Match One, 1 p.m.
Match Four: No. 2 NM State vs. Winner Match Two, 1 p.m.  

Sunday, April 29
Match Five: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four, 1 p.m.

On the women’s side, the Redhawks were picked to finish 6th with an 8-13 overall record and 1-4 conference record. They will be matched up against #3 New Mexico State on Friday at 9 a.m., and the winner will move on to play #2 UMKC Saturday at 9 a.m. The Redhawks lone conference win on the year came against NM State, their first opponent on the weekend.

UTRGV will look to defend their championship with the #1 seed after a perfect 5-0 conference record, and UMKC joins the Vaqueros with a bye in the first round with the #2 seed.

“The WAC is a really deep and competitive league, but we’ve shown on both men’s and women’s sides though that we can compete with anyone,” Reeb said. “We’re going to do our best to stay present and focused and play to win. Both teams are full of outstanding student-athletes who are great representatives of Seattle U, and we’re just all excited about the opportunity in front of us.”

Kyra Jung’s 17 overall wins and 11 wins in dual play led the Redhawks in the regular season; all coming in the second and third flight. Michelle Lui played all of her dual matches at the #1 spot where she collected 10 wins and will be looking to help the Redhawks reach their first conference championship. Last year, SU reached the semifinals where they lost to UMKC 4-1.

2018 WAC Women's Tennis Tournament

Friday, April 27
Match One: No. 4 Grand Canyon vs. No. 5 Chicago State, 9 a.m.
Match Two: No. 3 NM State vs. No. 6 Seattle U, 9 a.m.  

Saturday, April 28
Match Three: No. 1 UT Rio Grande Valley vs. Winner Match One, 9 a.m.
Match Four: No. 2 Kansas City vs. Winner Match Two, 9 a.m.  

Sunday, April 29
Match Five: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four, 9 a.m.