MIDLAND - The SVSU women's tennis team finished the 2016-17 season with an 8-1 victory over Hillsdale College, defeating the Chargers for the third time this season and running the program's winning streak out to eight matches.
The Cardinals led 2-1 after doubles play, notching victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Izabella Ismailova and Danielle Slonac capped-off their two seasons as teammates with an 8-3 victory at the No. 2 position, finishing the year with an impressive 12-3 mark in dual matches. Abigail Shonk and Taylor McLaughlin then claimed their match at No. 3 doubles, posting an 8-4 win.
Ismailova and Garcia, the team's lone seniors, finished their respective careers in winning fashion by claiming victory in their final singles matches.
Ismailova claimed a thrilling win at the top spot, rounding-out her Cardinal career with a 6-4, 5-7, 14-12 tiebreaker victory after fighting-off several match points.
Garcia was dominant at No. 2 singles, claiming a 6-1, 6-2 win for the Cards.
Donahue finished the season with a six-match winning streak after disposing of her opponent by a 6-3, 6-1 count at the No. 3 position.
Slonac dropped the opening set at No. 4 singles, 6-1. She then responded to claim the victory after taking the second set 6-4 and posting a 10-7 comeback win in the third. She rounded-out her junior season with a 12-3 singles record.
McLaughlin then won at No. 5 singles by a 6-3, 6-2 count, finishing a 13-3 singles record for her freshman season.
Madeline Miller closed-out the singles sweep for SVSU, posting a 6-3, 6-1 win over her opponent.
The Cardinals finished the season with an overall record of 15-5, which is the program's best record in over 16 years.
From Head Coach Jenn Boehm...
"I am a very proud coach today getting to watch these ladies put it on the line one last time. It's been an incredible season full of dramatic matches, many of which we were able to win. We get to walk away with one last win and our heads held high knowing that this was a special year with a special group. We accomplished so much and our two seniors Ana and Izabella have played a major role in this success. They have left their mark here at SVSU and helping to take this program to new heights. We are going to miss them tremendously on and off the court.
Tomorrow we are back in the weight room and training for next year. A new journey begins and we know it's going to take a lot of hard work in the off-season to reach our potential."
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