MIDLAND, Mich. - The SVSU women's tennis team began play at the 2016 GLIAC Tournament on Friday (Oct. 28) with a matchup against Ferris State University. The Cardinals entered the tourney as the no. 5 seed and the Bulldogs were no. 4 entering play. After leading 2-1 after doubles play, SVSU couldn't hold off Ferris, as the Bulldogs claimed four of the five singles matches that were played, coming out on top for the 5-3 victory.
Saginaw Valley got its doubles victories from the no. 1 and no. 2 spots. Ana Pico Garcia and Shea Donahue posted an 8-4 win at the top spot and that was followed by Izabella Ismailova and Danielle Slonac, who notched an 8-5 victory.
SVSU's lone victory in singles play came from Garcia in the no. 2 slot. She posted a 6-4, 7-6 decision over Ferris's Nika Hein in which she cliamed the tiebreaker, 7-5. Slonac fell by a slim margin of 6-4, 7-5 at the no. 4 slot and Taylor McLaughlin dropped a close 7-5, 7-6 score to her opponent at no. 5 singles.
The only unfinished matchup was at the no. 6 spot, where SVSU's Madeline Miller was up a set and 5-3 in the second before the overall match was decided.
The Cardinals are back in action on Saturday (Oct. 29) for the second day of play in Midland. SV will square-off against the Hillsdale College Chargers at 3:45 p.m. Saginaw Valley defeated HC earlier this season by a 6-3 margin on October 16 in Hillsdale.
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