Tennis falls to Lakers in GLIAC action, 6-3

Izabella Ismailova had a big win at the no. 1 singles position after teaming-up with Danielle Slonac for a victory at no. 2 doubles...
Izabella Ismailova had a big win at the no. 1 singles position after teaming-up with Danielle Slonac for a victory at no. 2 doubles...

MIDLAND, Mich. - The SVSU women's tennis team hosted the Grand Valley State University Lakers on Saturday (Sep. 17) afternoon in a GLIAC matchup. The match was played indoors at the Greater Midland Tennis Center in Midland, Michigan. The Lakers would come out on top in the final decision, posting a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals.  

After a trio of competitive doubles matches, SV was able to come up with just one of the decisions, posting a victory at the no. 2 doubles spot in what was a back-and-forth effort that lasted more than and hour and 45 minutes. That victory was sealed by Izabella Ismailova and Danielle Slonac, who claimed a 9-8 decision after a 7-4 win in the tiebreaker.

The doubles play propelled the singles players to come out strong on the six courts. While every match was competitive, GVSU got ahead 4-1 at the no. 3 and no. 6 positions to post victories. The next came at no. 2 singles, where the Lakers claimed another close win to seal the overall victory.

With two matches remaining out there, Ismailova closed-out for a huge win at the no. 1 singles slot, posting a 6-1, 7-5 decision. Slonac would then work for a smart victory at the no. 5 singles spot, claiming a three-set thriller, 6-4, 3-6, 10-5.  

From Head Coach Jenn Boehm

"This was a huge step for our program today. In my years as coach here at SVSU, and even back in my years as a player, we had not shown Grand Valley our toughest tennis. There was always a sense of doubt in the back of our minds that we could compete at the
same level. Our goal was to eliminate that doubt and put it all on the court today with an all-out effort and attack. We were able to do that in a way that I think surprised our opponents and really showed what our team is capable of when we dig down deep. I'm very proud of the way we prepared for this match during the week at practice and how it translated into confident performances on the court. If we continue this level of determination and toughness on the court, I know we can do very well this season. We can't wait to go back to work tomorrow morning versus Ferris State and hopefully get to play for the first time this season on our home outdoor courts."

The Cardinals will square-off with the Bulldogs in a 10:00 a.m. match at the SVSU Tennis Complex. The Bulldogs are coming off a 9-0 loss at Northwood on Saturday.
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