SVSU tennis shows toughness en route to 9-0 victory

Mikayla Kazdan teamed-up with Ana Pico Garcia for an 8-4 win at the No. 3 doubles position...
Mikayla Kazdan teamed-up with Ana Pico Garcia for an 8-4 win at the No. 3 doubles position...

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Saginaw Valley State University women's tennis team continued its strong overall team play, claiming a 9-0 win over the University of Minnesota-Moorhead Thursday, March 9 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida. 

The Cardinals stormed out of the gate quickly in doubles, winning all three matches. At No. 1 singles, Shea Donahue and Taylor McLaughlin teamed to win an 8-3 decision. Izabella Ismailova and Madeline Miller played well together at No. 2 doubles, winning 8-1. Ana Pico Garcia and Mikayla Kazdan combined to win 8-4 at No. 3 doubles. 

Singles play saw some competitive matches, but SVSU won every set. Ismailova defeated her opponent 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 singles, while fellow senior Pico Garcia won 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 2 position. Donahue, a junior, won at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-3.  

Freshmen McLaughlin and Miller each won hard-fought opening sets at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, winning 7-5, 6-3 and 7-5, 6-0, respectively. Junior Abigail Shonk completed the scoring, winning 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6 singles. 

"Our team showed good toughness today, particularly in a midday match where the Florida heat was a factor," said Jenn Boehm, head coach. "Our fitness and intelligence were important factors, particularly in winning the key points against a team with some strong singles players. The work we've put in to get ready for this trip definitely paid off." 

The Cardinals improve to 3-0 on their spring trip. They will play John Carroll University Friday.

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