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Tennis suffers losses at regional championships

SVSU women’s tennis participated in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Tennis Championships from Sept. 20 to 22.

More than 20 teams participated in the highly competitive tournament.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to work on things and play some teams we don’t normally see,” head coach Jennifer Boehm said. “Overall, the team performed well. We had some incredibly close matches both days where we came up just short.”

Gyselle Gutierrez lost her first match but advanced three rounds in the consolation bracket.

Joanne Gao, Taylor McLaughlin, Nicole Johnson, Adiya Young, Sarah Neves and Maddie Miller lost their first matches and their first match in the consolation bracket, taking them out of the tournament.

“The tournament has very tough competition, and I did not expect anything but tough matches,” senior Maddie Miller said. “Everyone played tough, and although we had some losses, everyone competed and played hard.”

Nearly all the doubles matches had similar outcomes.

Maddie Miller and Taylor McLaughlin passed the first round in the Women A Doubles bracket but later fell to the No. 3 seed.

“In doubles, McLaughlin and I played confidently and attained our first win as a doubles team together,” Miller said. “We played smart and moved well.”

Despite the losses the team won some matches in the consolation brackets.

“Seniors Taylor McLaughlin and Maddie Miller performed the best in the main draw of doubles,” Boehm said. “They earned a big win the first round and ended up falling on the second day to the No. 3 seed. We had some back-draw wins as well in singles, so that was promising.”

Although the Lady Cards were topped by other teams over the weekend, they still played hard and figured out which areas they need to improve on.

“I was really proud of our fight and determination throughout the weekend,” Boehm said. “We need to work on doubles overall and executing more consistently at the end of points. We are excited to be competing at home this upcoming weekend and getting back to work.”

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the team faces Davenport at home at 1 p.m.

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