MIDLAND, Mich. - Coming off a tough marathon match in which the SVSU women's tennis team fell just short against Ferris State in the 2016 GLIAC Tournament opener, the ladies responded in a big way with a 5-2 win over the Hillsdale College Chargers on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals carried a second straight 2-1 edge over into singles after doubles play and were able to capitalize, closing-out for the victory with three singles victories.
The no. 1 doubles duo of Ana Pico Garcia and Shea Donahue posted an 8-4 win over their Charger opponents. Izabella Ismailova and Danielle Slonac followed suit with victory at the no. 2 slot, disposing of their opponents, 8-3. The no. 3 team of Abigail Shonk and Taylor McLauglin fought back from being down 6-0 but would end up falling by an 8-4 score.
Slonac would give the Cards a 3-1 lead after a solid 6-2, 6-2 win at no. 4 singles.
Hillsdale would draw the match closer to 3-2, as Ismailova lost a competitive match at no. 1 singles by a 6-4, 7-5 margin.
That was the final point the Chargers would get, however, as Donahue pushed the lead out to 4-2 after a three-set victory of 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (5) where she pulled-out the tiebreaker.
Madeline Miller would continue and avenge an earlier season loss to her opponent. She clinched the match for SVSU in three sets, 6-7, 6-4, 6-0.
McLaughlin was up a set at no. 5 singles and Garcia was knotted up at 5-5 in her first set at no. 2 singles, but those would end up unfinished with the overall match's result sealed.
Saginaw Valley is now 8-5 overall on the season and will face Wayne State University on Sunday (Oct. 30) in an 8:15 a.m. fifth place match. The Cardinals defeated the Warriors by a narrow 5-4 score towards the end of the regular season on October 15 in Detroit.
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