Tennis team stays tough during three-day stretch

The SVSU tennis team stayed busy this weekend, playing three matches in three days.

Sunday’s match put the team up against the Ohio Dominican Panthers.

At the end of the day, the Cardinals walked away with a 5-4 defeat, bringing the team’s record to 3-6 on the season, and 3-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

The Cards began the day by going 1-2 in doubles. The lone victory was pulled in by Shea Donahue and Lauren Sharp.

In its singles matches, SVSU finished the day with a 3-3 record. The three victories were recorded by Izabella Ismailova, Abigail Shonk and Donahue.

On Saturday the team dropped its match with Walsh College, going 5-4 overall. SVSU went 1-2 in its doubles matches with Donahue and Lauren Sharp teaming up to give the Cards its lone doubles win.

The Cardinals followed up their doubles play by going 3-3 in singles matches. Donahue, Sharp and Shonk each came away with victories in singles play.

“We knew that in every match we would have a chance,” coach Jenn Boehm said. “The girls played very well.

“I think we showed a lot of improvement and played with a lot of heart.”

Friday’s matches against Ashland saw the Cards dominate, going 8-1 overall enroute to their victory.

SVSU swept Ashland in doubles. Erin Doud and Meghan Woody teamed up to go 8-5 in the first doubles match. Ismailova and Danielle Slonac combined to finish their match with an 8-2 victory. Donahue and Sharp won the third doubles match, 8-3.

In singles matches the Cardinals went 5-1, with Ismallova, Woody, Donahue, Shonk and Sharp each picking up a victory.

Boehm said that the victory against Ashland was the team’s first in her four seasons at the helm. She added that the victory on Friday shows how far the team has come.

“I think [the victory] shows how well he have been improving,” she said. “Everything lined up well for us in terms of, not just effort, but results.”

Next up for the lady Cardinals is road match with Hillsdale College. The match will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

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