Tennis loses to Tiffin after playing close singles matches

Junior Maddie Miller plays a doubles match with partner Joann Gao against Tiffin on March 17. They won the match with a score of 6-0. Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will

SVSU tennis lost 5-2 to Tiffin University Sunday, March 17. The team fought hard, and three out of the four singles matches ended in a 10-point tie breaker.

In doubles, the team started with a deficit score from forfeiting two courts due to a lack of players. Maddie Miller and Joann Gao won their doubles match with scores of 6-0.

Head coach Jennifer Boehm said that the team’s goal was to start the matches with more enthusiasm and energy.

“Our number-one priority was to come out with a huge amount of energy in doubles, and we definitely did that,” Boehm said.

She felt her players largely were able to accomplish that goal during their matches.

“We especially at one doubles came out and didn’t even give up a game,” she said.

Taylor Mclaughlin and Nicole Johnson won their doubles match with a score of 6-4.

Johnson said she knew the doubles matches were going to be competitive. She prepared for this during their practice.

“I expected it to be a tough match with a lot of fight,” Johnson said. “We were really fired up for doubles because we’ve been working on a lot of stuff at practice.”

In singles, the team came out strong and ended with three close matches. Maddie Miller won her match with a 2-1 victory.

She was behind 8-4 during the tiebreaker but pulled through to a victory. Her scores were 6-2, 6-4 and 12-10.

Joanne Gao and Taylor McLaughlin each lost in 10-point tie breakers.

Gao’s match had scores of 6-3, 6-4 and 10-2, while McLaughlin had scores of 7-5, 7-6 and 10-3. Nicole Johnson lost 6-1 and 6-1.

The knew they were going into the match with a disadvantage from being down players. They worked hard and played each point to the end.

“We had a lot of instances where it could have been easy to (give up) whether it be some physical issues or injuries or just being behind in the score,” Boehm said. “And we never gave up until the last point was played, so we really pushed the other team every single point.”

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