SVSU tennis caps spring season with loss to Eastern Michigan


The SVSU tennis team concluded its season with a 7-0 loss to Eastern Michigan University. The team had strong competition during the spring portion of the season and finished with an overall record of 12-12.

“Overall, I think the team performed exceptionally well this spring season,” senior Shea Donahue said. “With this being out toughest spring season, I felt that we competed at a high level. Our team had a lot of grit this spring and it showed. With the hard work we put in on and off the court, we couldn’t have had a better finish to the season.”

Donahue and sophomore partner Madeline Miller lost their No. 1 doubles match 6-1. The pair complete spring play with a 7-2 doubles record.

Senior Danielle Slonac and freshman Joanne Gao won two games, but ultimately lost the No. 2 spot 6-2.

Junior Nikita Hill and partner sophomore Taylor McLaughlin lost 6-0.

Eastern Michigan was the lone Division-I team that SVSU played this season.

“We finished our season against a difficult D-1 program,” Donahue said. I thought that we responded well [to the competition]. I feel that as a team, we rose to the occasion and battled on every court.”

The Eagles swept singles competition as well as Donahue dropped the first match at the No. 1 position.

Miller and Gao dropped their No. 2 and No. 3 matches, respectively.

McLaughlin lost her first set at the No. 4 position. She fought back in the second set but ultimately lost 7-6.

Slonac and Hill dropped the final two singles matches of the day for the Cardinals at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions.

This season concludes the collegiate careers of both Donahue and Slonac. Head coach Jennifer Boehm has seen her two seniors transform the tennis program.

“The last four years with Shea and Danielle have been the most transformative seasons for our program and that is no coincidence,” Boehm said. “Their commitment, work ethic and love for this program has been infectious. They have battled through the tough times together and their perseverance has pushed this program to new heights.”

They always saw the potential of SVSU tennis to compete on the national level,” Boehm continued. “Not only did they get to experience that, but they have set this program on a path of future success as well. Both of them plan to volunteer with the team in the Fall which is awesome, but we will definitely miss their presence on the court.”