The SVSU women’s tennis team went 2-1 in the GLIAC tournament over the weekend, finishing in fifth place in the conference after falling to Tiffin and topping Ashland and Michigan Tech.
The No. 4 seeded Cardinals lost to the No. 5 seeded Tiffin University on the first day of match play. Tiffin was the first team to reach five points, winning 5-1.
The teams played a close battle until the end. Tiffin was able to sweep doubles competition, but not by much.
Senior Shea Donahue and her partner sophomore Taylor McLaughlin lost at the No. 1 doubles spot 8-5. Donahue was also named to the All-GLAIC first-team for the 2017 season.
Senior Danielle Slonac and her sophomore partner Madeline Miller lost in the No. 2 spot 9-7. Miller was named to the All-GLIAC second-team for her performance during the season.
The freshmen pairing of Joanne Gao and Maya Campbell fell by the same score at the No. 3 spot. Gao capped off her successful first year and was named an All-GLIAC honorable mention.
Gao won the lone Cardinals match as she took the No. 3 singles spot in two sets.
Miller lost the No. 2 spot 6-1, 6-1. Campbell dropped two sets at the No. 6 spot.
After the match, tennis coach Jenn Boehm had high praise for her team’s performance.
“Against Tiffin, we played very well in doubles,” she said. “They had everyone back from injuries and credit to them, they played just a notch ahead at the very end of the doubles. I was proud of how we competed despite the losses.”
On Saturday, Oct. 28, the team went head to head with the No. 8 seed Ashland University. The Cardinals were able to sweep Ashland in all five matches.
The three doubles teams all won their matches. Donahue and McLaughlin won 8-3 at the No. 1 doubles spot. At the No. 2 doubles spot, Slonac and Miller won 8-1. Gao and Campbell closed out doubles competition with an 8-5 win at the No. 3 spot.
Donahue won SVSU’s second singles match in two sets.
Campbell won the No. 6 singles spot in two sets, not giving her opponent a single set.
SVSU closed out the tournament on Sunday, Oct. 29 winning against Michigan Tech University to secure a fifth-place finish, winning 5-0.
Donahue applauded the team’s overall efforts after the tournament.
“We gave it everything we had this weekend,” Donahue said. “We proved to ourselves that we have what it takes. As a team and individually, we pushed ourselves and I couldn’t be more proud of this team and what we accomplished this year. It was very special for (Slonac) and I to have finished our college career with such an incredible team and improving so much as a whole.”
Miller and Campbell both won in singles play in two sets. Campbell won her second set in a tiebreaker.
All three doubles pairings won as well. Donahue and McLaughlin won a close match at the No. 1 spot with a 9-8 victory. Slonac and Miller outscored their opponents 8-4 to win the No. 2 spot. Gao and Campbell once again concluded doubles at the No. 3 spot with an 8-3 victory.
After the tournament, Boehm said that the tournament was a great conclusion to a hardworking season.
“If I had anything to add to all this, it’s that we started with a tough loss on the first day (against Tiffin),” Boehm said. “We laid it all on the line every single day and finished on a high note against a tough (Michigan) Tech team. (The tournament) was a culmination of all the hard work we put into the season and the training. I am really proud of this team and couldn’t have asked for a better finish to the season.”