Women’s tennis wins for the first time this season

SVSU’s women’s tennis defeated Davenport University 7-1 at the Midland Tennis Center Saturday, Sept. 28.

The Lady Cards claimed all its doubles matches using aggressive offense at the net and staying focused on winning.

In the No. 1 doubles Maddie Miller and Taylor Mclaughlin won in a close set of 6-4. Nichole Johnson and Sara Neves finished with the same score in no. 3 doubles. Joanne Gao and Gyselle Gutierrez’s consistent teamwork at the net landed them a lead of
6-2 for their set.

“We’ve had a really big focus on confidence at the net in doubles,” head coach Jennifer Boehm said. “So when we are playing at the net or at the baseline, we are trying to put ourselves into the position to get to the net and put pressure on our opponents.”

The team went on to win all its doubles matches and secured its victory.

“Our mentality today was to play ‘green,’ and what that meant was to go and not over-think things,” Boehm said, “to be the aggressor in the point and be looking for opportunities, not waiting for them.
We want to make sure that we’re pushing ourselves. We’re going to look to clean up some of the areas where we lost focus or let our emotions get in the points too much.”

In singles, Neves didn’t give up a single game to her opponent, finishing with a 6-0, 6-0 win at the No. 5 singles spot.

Johnson only gave up one point finishing with a 6-1, 6-0 score at the No. 6 spot.

Miller won at the No. 1 singles position with a 6-2, 6-3 score, Mclaughlin defeated her opponent with a 6-3, 6-0 score at the No. 2 position.

Gutierrez played in the No. 4 position and secured a 6-1, 6-4 win.

Gao was the only player to go into a third set in her match. She fought her way through three long sets to a win and finished at No. 2 singles with scores of 6-0, 4-6 and 12-10.

“It was better for me to do that in my match because of my opponent and the way she played,” Gao said. “The longer rallies really benefited me, even though I get tired afterward, but I get used to it.”

The team took on Purdue Northwest Sunday, Sept. 29, which concluded prior to this production of The Valley Vanguard.

The Lady Cards will travel to Lake Superior State on Saturday, Oct. 5, for the next match.

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