MIDLAND -- The Cardinal Women's Tennis team hosted their first match of the spring on Sunday, facing the Oakland University Grizzlies at the Greater Midland Tennis Center. SVSU, faced with a tough opponent and playing with five, would fall to OU by a final score of 7-0.
Maddie Miller and Joanne Gao had a close match at the #1 position, falling by a narrow 7-5 score. At #2, Taylor McLaughlin and Maya Campbell dropped their matchup by a 6-1 count. Oakland had the #3 spot due to winning by default and the doubles decision was already done, giving the point to the Golden Grizzlies.
McLaughlin lost by a score of 6-4, 6-0 at #3 singles while Miller dropped her #1 singles match by a 6-0, 6-3 count. Gao lost her match at #2 6-1, 6-0 and Nicole Johnson lost at #5 6-1, 6-3. Campbell fell at #4 singles as well by a score of 6-1, 6-3.
From Head Coach Jenn Boehm...
"For the past few months we have really placed a high priority on growing as individuals and focusing on how that translates into our overall team vision and goals. Today was our first opportunity to put this renewed energy and effort into a competitive match. Overall I was proud of the growth and improvement displayed by our team today.
In singles we some good battles but came up short in the end. I was really impressed with our fight and ability to maintain composure as a team. Oakland is an experienced and strong team and it was a great test for us to get this first match of the spring under our belts. We're moving in a positive direction."
Saginaw Valley returns to play at the Greater Midland Tennis Center on Sunday (Feb. 17) against Walsh University. First serve will be 6:45 p.m. for the matchup.
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