MIDLAND -- The Saginaw Valley State University Women's Tennis team wrapped-up competition Saturday (Sep. 23) at the two-day ITA Regional Tournament, held in Midland, Michigan. The Cardinals had their best showing in the tournament in over 10 years, finishing play with solid performances across the board in excessive heat throughout the weekend that made it a struggle to fight through.
"This was our best overall team results we have had in a very long time," said head coach Jenn Boehm. "We have had players in recent years make it to the quarterfinals of the main draw, but every player on our team got to experience winning a draw which is no easy task. Even though we had some tough losses early on Friday, each and every one of our team members pushed themselves to the max to finish out these back draws. It was a physically and mentally grueling weekend with the 100 degree on-court temps. In the end I feel like there were three main reasons we did so well: 1.) Having a specific plan for each match, 2.) The discipline to follow through and execute the plan, and 3.) Our preparation and overall fitness (shout out to Danni our strength coach)."
Donahue dropped her A Singles matchup in what was a very competitive contest, falling 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (5). Slonac lost to her opponent as well in a tight one by scores of 6-2, 6-5. Miller competed as well, falling 6-2, 6-0.
Shead Donahue had a great performance and won the A Singles Back Draw..
The Cardinals made the finals of the No. 1 and No. 2 Doubles Draws as well.
From Head Coach Jenn Boehm
"We made big strides in doubles this weekend with all three of our teams. It's been happening gradually over these first few weeks but we really saw things start to click in this tournament. It was a true testament to our progress to have us win both doubles consolation draws, including an all-Cardinal final for one of them. We had a great team last year, but our doubles are the strongest they've ever been across the board. The exciting thing is we know they can get even better.
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