Women’s tennis continues to find its early footing

The women’s tennis team fell 6-1 to Walsh University on Sunday, Feb. 17. The team started strong in each of their matches but still lost in the end.

In doubles, both SV teams played hard, but only one team won their set.

Maddie Miller and Joanne Gao fell 6-3, while Maya Campbell and Taylor Mclaughlin won 7-5.

The team focused on their energy going into the match and despite losing, Campbell felt their energy was their best yet.

“The match was fun and exciting,” Campbell said. “On each court, it was a grind, and every person gave it everything they had. The energy that we had as a team was definitely our best yet.”

The team went into the singles matches down 2-0, and would have had to win four out of the five matches to secure a win.

“I was impressed by our tenacity and confidence as I looked up and down the courts,” head coach Jennifer Boehm said. “We swung the momentum back in our favor in those first sets.”

Walsh put pressure on SVSU and drove some of the matches to tiebreakers.

Although the team only won one out of the five matches, Boehm said that it was still a distinct improvement from last week’s 7-0 loss to Oakland on Sunday, Feb. 10.

“Credit to Walsh because they responded well in the second sets and pushed us to a few tiebreakers,” Boehm said. “They all came down to the wire, and although we lost four of the five singles courts, our team left it all on the court. It was definitely an improvement from (the Oakland match), which is a good sign.”

As singles matches began, all players started strong. Miller put heat on her opponent, winning her first set but falling in the next two.

“My strengths were my stamina and my shot placement,” Miller said. “I moved my opponent around, and by the end of the match, I could tell she was exhausted.”

In singles, Gao came out victorious 6-4, 1-6 and 10-5. McLaughlin fell in a close tie breaker 10-8 while Nicole Johnson lost 6-4 and 7-5. Campbell also fell in singles with scores of 7-6 and 6-3.

“Each of us have been working on new things and taking it out onto the court,” Campbell said. “We’ve already made an improvement as a team in many areas from last season, and each of us are open to trying new things, which will only benefit us. As a team, we will continue working on improving our energy for each match and we will keep improving on each aspect of our game.”

The team traveled to Lawrence Technological University for a match on Sunday, Feb. 24, that concluded before The Valley Vanguard went to press.

Reported by Melissa Vennix, Vanguard Reporter

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