Hammond, Ind. — The Cardinal Tennis team headed to Purdue Northwest this weekend to open up GLIAC play. SVSU defeated PNW, 6-1 for a conference win. The Pride falls to 0-1 overall.
Taylor McLaughlin and Nicole Johnson were victorious in the doubles session, claiming a 6-1 decision over the Pride opponents. At the No 1 spot, Maddie Miller and Gyselle Gutierrez registered a 6-2 win for the Cardinals. Joanne Gao and Maya Campbell made it 3-for-3 in doubles, posting a 6-2 victory as well for SVSU.
There were only two singles that went three between the teams, with one being Gutierrez's 6-3, 11-9 win at No. 3 singles. Miller won the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-1. McLaughlin defeated her opponent, 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 3 slot. Campbell won 6-2 and 6-4 in slot No. 4, while Johnson rounded out the wins with a clean sheet, 6-0 and 6-0.
From Head Coach Jenn Boehm
"Today was our first real test to see where we are as a team. We place a high priority on doubles the last few weeks of practice and we really came out strong on all three courts. Going into singles we knew there would be some tough matchups as PNW has definitely improved since last season. We maintained a high energy and showed some real poise under pressure. I was very happy with the overall effort of our team today. Especially proud of our two new players, Gyselle and Nicole, who notched their first team win as Cardinals. We look forward to building on this strong start as we face Davenport tomorrow morning."
The victory over the Pride leaves the Cardinals 1-0 in conference play as they head up to play Davenport on Sunday, Sept. 23. beginning at 10 a.m.
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