UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University women's tennis Head Coach Jenn Boehm has announced the signing of five student-athletes to its incoming class for the 2014-15 season during its early signing period. The Cardinals landed two players from the Lansing area, two from the Port Huron area and one more from Southfield, Mich. Below are the student-athletes who have signed-on to play for the SVSU women's tennis team:
Shea Donahue is a senior at Haslett High School in Haslett, Mich. Donahue competes at the #2 singles position currently. She has compiled a 63-9 career record to-date in high school competition. She was a state finalist once and reached the semifinals twice, earning Honorable Mention All-State honors. Donahue is a three-time league and regional champion, as well as being named All-Area three times.
Coach Boehm on Shea Donahue: "I was first introduced to Shea through her assistant high school coach and guidance counselor, Samantha Brunnschweiler, who was a teammate of mine at SVSU. Shea's father Jeff also is an SVSU alumnus. I watched Shea at each of the last two state finals, where she recorded some impressive wins. She is a three-time high school regional champion and has advanced to the state semifinals in her draw all three years, including one trip to the finals. Shea has outstanding natural athleticism, and her skill level has sharpened through her extensive tournament play over the past year. Shea has set high goals for herself as an incoming freshman, and I look forward to helping her reach those goals."
Mikayla Kazdan is currently a senior at Wylie E. Groves High School in Beverly Hills, Mich. Kazdan competes at the #1 singles position for the school. She has earned three varsity letters and was named All-OAA, aside from being named the team captain.
Coach Boehm on Mikayla Kazdan: "Mikayla's enthusiasm about the game of tennis is contagious. She has competed in several USTA tournaments and holds the no. 1 singles position on her high school team, which plays some very tough competition. She currently trains with some high-level tournament players, and this will continue to improve her game. I look forward to working with Mikayla to bring her tennis game to the next level."
Lauren Sharp is the #1 singles player at Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge, Mich. Sharp has earned three varsity letters during her tenure at the school. She has been named All-Area, Team MVP and named to the area's Dream Team as well.
Coach Boehm on Lauren Sharp: "I saw Lauren play at her high school regional tournament last spring, and right away, I could tell she not only was a tremendous athlete, but also highly competitive. Beyond her ability, she displayed the type of attitude we want in our program: she was constantly cheering on her teammates. Lauren also has worked hard to prepare herself for the college game, as she spent the summer playing in tournaments against current collegiate players, picking up some impressive victories along the way."
Abby Shonk competes for St. Clair High School at its #1 singles position. Shonk has lettered all three years of high school, being named the Team MVP all three of those seasons. Aside from those honors, she was named the Times Herald "Player of the Year", All-Area and All-State three years as well.
Coach Boehm on Abby Shonk: "Abby is listed as one of the top 15 players in Michigan in this senior class. She has a wealth of tournament experience, playing a very high caliber of competition and faring quite well. Beyond her exceptional tennis ability, Abby has high character as well, winning the USTA Midwest Sportsmanship Award in 2011. She was the Port Huron Times-Herald Player of the Year in 2012 and has been a leader for St. Clair High School; she was first-team all-state each of the past two years. I think all of these experiences make her well-prepared to make an immediate impact."
Danielle Slonac is the current #2 singles player at St. Clair High School in St. Clair, Mich. The senior Co-Captain has been a three-time Regional Champion, two-time All-Conference student-athlete and was twice named to the All-Blue Water Area First Team. Aside from those plaudits, Slonac was a state semifinalist her freshman season.
Coach Boehm on Danielle Slonac: "I have seen Danielle play against and defeat current GLIAC players, so I know she has what it takes to play at this level. She is one tough competitor. In her tennis game, Danielle handles pace well and is very consistent, and I expect her to add to these two building blocks as she improves her game. Not only does Danielle fare well on the court, she is an exceptional student in the classroom. That made her a very attractive fit for our program."
Coach Boehm on bringing in two recruits from the greater Lansing area: "The Capital area has some very strong high school programs right now. When you look at the teams that qualify for the state finals, the Lansing region is well represented, so I'm pleased to be bringing in two quality players from that area in Shea and Lauren. I know they will face stiff competition next spring and that will make them that much better prepared for the rigors of college tennis."
On bringing in two recruits from the Port Huron area: "The Blue Water area has a strong tennis tradition and it's clear that Abby and Danielle have been coached well. I'm especially pleased to welcome two more players from St. Clair High School. Courtney Heileman was the lone senior when I became head coach in 2010 and she epitomized the type of character we continue to strive to build in the young women who are part of our program. She was a hard worker, a fine student and a tremendous leader. I see evidence of the same traits in Abby and Danielle and I am eager to see them back at SVSU."