ERIE, Pa. -- The SVSU Women's Tennis team continued play in Erie, Pennsylvania, as the Cardinals faced Slippery Rock University on Saturday (Feb. 17) afternoon. The Cardinals, battling through a pair of forfeits, claimed a 5-4 victory over SRU. Slippery Rock is the No. 5 ranked team in the Atlantic Region.
Shea Donahue and Maddie Miller were victorious at the No. 1 Doubles slot, defeating their opponents by an 8-6 margin. Joanne Gao and Danielle Slonac followed suit at the No. 2 spot, posting a decisive 8-3 win over Slippery Rock.
The Cards would head into singles action up 2-1, as they had to forfeit the No. 3 match due to only having five players.
Miller was solid once again for the Cardinals, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 victory at the No. 2 Singles position over the No. 19 ranked player in the Atlantic Region. Gao tacked-on another win for the Cards at No. 3, defeating her opponent by a 6-2, 6-4 score. Slonac then claimed a victory at No. 4, winning by a final score of 6-0, 6-3.
Those victories gave Saginaw Valley the win, as they dropped the No. 5 Singles match and had to forfeit at the No. 6 slot.
Shea Donahue, ranked No. 14 in the Midwest Region, had a three-set match against Lacey Cohen, who is the 11th-ranked player in the Atlantic Region. Donahue cruised to a 6-1 win in the opening set before Cohen bounced-back for a 6-4 win in set No. 2 to knot the match up. Cohen would then take the win with a narrow 6-4 win in the third set as well.
The Cardinals are off until March 5, when the team travels to begin its Florida trip with matches against Missouri Western State and Rollins.
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