New doubles teams prove worth for tennis

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The women’s tennis team found success at Purdue Northwest on Saturday, Sept. 22, including the debut of two new doubles teams who went 6-2 and 6-1 respectively.

“Overall this was a great team performance,” head coach Jennifer Boehm said. “From start to finish, we maintained high energy and confidence on the court.”

Maddie Miller and Gyselle Gutierrez took a 6-2 win for the Cardinals, while Taylor Mclaughlin and Nicole Johnson were also victorious with a 6-1 win. Joanne Gao and Maya Campbell returned as a duo, winning their third together in as many games, scoring 6-2 against Purdue.

“Doubles was a highlight because we have two new team pairings and have spent so much time on it in practice,” Boehm said. “All six girls stepped up big and really took command of the court in their matches. I was really glad to see that this early in the season.”

In singles, all six women competing found wins. Johnson shined in her match, completely shutting out her opponent.

Johnson, a freshman, is new to the team and has shown potential to contribute greatly moving forward.

“I was proud of everyone’s effort (Saturday), but was especially proud of our two newcomers,” Boehm said. “They handled the pressure of their first team match with poise and showed that they are ready for the season ahead.”

The team showed focus and energy on the court, only losing two sets to Purdue. However, the team still looks to improve and advance in their conference.

“There are no easy opponents in this conference, so we have to be able to consistently bring our best effort. That can be a challenge on a long travel weekend,” Boehm said.

The Lady Cards took on Davenport on Sunday, Sept. 23, which concluded after this production of The Valley Vanguard.

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