SVSU tennis begins GLIAC season competition with weekend losses

Following four consecutive wins during competition in Florida, the SVSU women’s tennis team returned to Michigan to begin the GLIAC season.

The season opened on Friday with a matchup against the Northwood University Timberwolves at the Greater Midland Tennis Center resulting in a 7-0 loss for the Cardinals.

In the doubles matches, the first seed matchup saw Iryna Trystan and Ekaterina Vorobeva of NU defeat junior Chelsea Dzenga and freshman Andrea Teofilovic 6-2.

The second seed doubles match brought a 6-4 victory for NU athletes Sanvi Ahluwalia and Rafaella Platisiota over senior Nicole Johnson and freshman Alexis Anthes.

In the third seed doubles, freshman Elizabeth Stuart and junior Adiya Young fell to Timberwolves Rafaella Fulop and Elizaveta Velichko 6-4.

The singles matchups brought further defeat for the Cardinals with NU winning all six two-set matchups.

Saturday brought another 7-0 loss at home for the Cardinals, this time against Wayne State University. This brings SVSU to 6-7 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC.

In doubles competition, the first seed team of Dzenga and Teofilovic were defeated 6-2.

The second seed matchup saw Laura Cazacu and Linda Liong of WSU win over Johnson and Anthes 6-3.

The third seed doubles match saw Cardinals Stuart and Young lose 6-2 to Warriors Brianna Douglas and Sabrina Laynes.

While WSU managed to take the singles matches, a victory by Johnson in the second set of the fifth seed matchup forced a third set for WSU’s Suki Mandair to take the win.

SVSU tennis will continue in the GLIAC season, traveling to compete against Michigan Tech on April 1.

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