Tennis opens season with 9-0 sweep at Findlay

Abby Shonk was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at #5 singles in the sweep over Findlay on Saturday...
Abby Shonk was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at #5 singles in the sweep over Findlay on Saturday...

FINDLAY, Ohio - The SVSU women's tennis team opened the fall portion of the 2016-17 season with a 9-0 victory on the road over the University of Findlay Oilers on Saturday (Sep. 10) morning. 

Saginaw Valley began the match with a clean 3-0 sweep in doubles and would follow that up with a 6-0 record in the singles portion of the match.

Doubles

After the strong doubles performance, the Cards carried the energy over into singles against an Oiler team that continued to battle.

Singles

  • Abigail Shonk was the first off the court, claiming a dominant 6-1, 6-1 win at #5 singles.
  • Miller was next, as she notched her first-ever singles victory by a count of 6-4, 6-0 at #4 singles.
  • Donahue posted a hard-fought 6-3, 6-3 decision over her opponent in the #3 singles slot.
  • Ismailova was victorious at #1 singles (6-4, 6-3), as was fellow senior Ana Pico Garcia (7-6(5), 6-3) in the #2 singles role.
  • The ninth and final point for the Cards came via Slonac's dominating 6-0, 6-0 victory at #6 singles.

Each team had additional players get some match experience with exhibition matches. Saginaw Valley was 3-for-3 in those as well, with Mikayla Kazdan, Samantha Perkins and Taylor McLaughlin earning wins.

From Head Coach Jenn Boehm

"We had high expectations for this first match and I couldn't have imagined it going much better. Findlay came to play and gave us some hard fought doubles at 1 and 2, but our team energy and confidence simply took over the match. This match was won in such a convincing fashion, because of the work these ladies put in during the off-season. We looked great and I am so excited to continue the fight tomorrow against Tiffin. This is the best tennis we have played as a team since I have been the head coach."
Up Next...
Saginaw Valley plays at Tiffin University on Sunday (Sep. 11) in a 10:00 a.m. The Dragons are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday.

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